For most people who have a front yard, keeping the grass tidy is an ongoing headache – or expense. But now there’s a robot that mows lawns.
US inventor iRobot Corp (no relation to Apple) has followed up its Roomba robot vacuum cleaner and Braava robot mops with Terra, a robot that mows lawns.
Terra features mapping and navigation technologies capable of mastering grass yards, combined with high-quality mowing. The company promises easy set up and installation, with wireless locator beacons installed in your harden and the robot controlled by a smartphone app.
“iRobot is building an ecosystem of robots and technologies that help people do more both inside and outside of the home,” said Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot. “The robot mower segment is well established in EMEA and has tremendous room for growth in other markets, including North America. With its ease of use and premium mowing features, Terra is poised to give consumers a whole new way to think about how they take care of their lawn.”
The company says the Terra is different to other lawn-mowing robots because it learns its environment using iRobot’s Imprint Smart Mapping technology.
“It mows like people do, intelligently navigating a yard cutting efficiently in straight, back-and-forth lines. Terra remembers where it is in the yard and where it still needs to cover. If the robot’s battery runs low, it will return to its base to recharge and then resume mowing until the yard is complete.”
Here’s a short video showing how it works:
Some brands of robot that mows lawns required boundary wires to be laid, an exercise which is both costly and labour intensive. Terra works entirely wirelessly.
iRobot created the home-robot-cleaning category in 2002 when it introduced the Roomba Robot Vacuum. The company has since sold more than 25 million machines worldwide.