Soil Diagnostics Develops Robot that Cuts Costs by 99%

August 28, 2017
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Soil Diagnostics, and EnterpriseWorks agriculture startup company has dropped its sampling costs to just 40 cents per sample, while it used to be $40 per sample. 

Founded in 2014 by Kaustubh Bhalerao, an associate professor in agriculture and bio engineering at the University, Soil Diagnostics provides diagnostics and mineral-monitering services for agriculture soil. 

The development of the robot came after the company determined that it could not afford $40 a sample, and theyn realized there had to be a better and more cost effecient way to handle this problem. They earned a grant from the state of Illinois and set out to developing a robot that now has cut the cost by 99%. 

This would likely have not been possible without the moral support from the University, and the resources availbe to startup companies at EnterpiseWorks, which has been named a top 3 College Town incubator in the past. 

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