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In March 2018, a British agri-tech start-up became the latest winner of the prestigious Horizontal Innovation Award from the IET and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC), which will enable the company to develop ‘Harry’, its new drilling and planting robot.


Based in Shropshire, the Small Robot Company (latest winner of the prestigious Horizontal Innovation Award) harnesses the power and precision of robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology to improve the way that food is produced through its future fleet of farming robots - Tom, Dick and Harry. With its £50,000 funded research prize, Small Robot Company will now look to bring Harry from concept to in-field prototype.


To find out how the funding will be put to use in more detail, and to see how it will help the company deliver on its dream to 'feed the world' and provide an effective alternative to traditional heavy farming machinery, the IET went to meet the people behind this small business with big plans.


Filmed partly on location at Meon Springs in the South Downs and at the company’s workshop in Portsmouth, our mini-documentary features interviews with Sam Watson Jones, Ben Scott-Robinson and Joe Allnutt from Small Robot Company, along with Redland Sanders from the HVMC’s Manufacturing Technology Centre.


The short film explores some of the problems that the company is seeking to address and how its robots will offer a solution, and gives viewers a look inside its first prototype.


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