Electric-shock weedkiller company starts Kickstarter campaign

Ubiqutek has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help it launch a product which kills weeds at the touch of a button using electricity.

The "Touch" kills weeds with electricity. Image: Ubiqutek
The "Touch" kills weeds with electricity. Image: Ubiqutek

The "Touch" has a hand-held lance which administers an electric shock that boils the plant's sap, causing cell structures throughout the plant to burst, followed by withering and death.

The company says the machine is effective at dealing with invasive species including Giant Hogweed. While the current product is aimed at professionals in the amenity sector and public bodies, Ubiqutek also has plans to create two more versions - one for the home gardener and one for farmers that can be towed behind a tractor.

Events earlier this year demonstrating the "Touch" machine have been well-received, with attendees ranging from water companies and government agencies to contractors and soft fruit growers, said the Ubiqutek's executive director Andrew Diprose.

"Everyone was very interested in the technology, could identify clear niches where it could be used within their organisations and were all keen to organise trials so they could assess the effectiveness of the technology themselves.

"We are now focussed on these trials as well as making final enhancements to our product before beginning to ship our first orders in Q1 next year."

The company has now launched a Kickstarter campaign and aims to raise £15,000 to see the product through its final stages of development. Those who pledge a set amount of money can nominate a charity to receive weed treatment from Ubiqutek.

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