Husqvarna beats iRobot to the Lawn

by James

AUTOMOWER

It just seemed a given that with the Roomba, the Scooba, and the Dirt Dog, iRobot would eventually come out with a robotic lawn mower. And they still might, but they won’t be first.

That singular distinction goes to the Husqvarna Automower which can mow in a random patter and is corralled by a perimeter wire to keep it mowing your lawn and not your neighbor’s. Capable of mowing up to half an acre at a stretch, it’s large wheels allow the Automower to run on uneven lawns and handle inclines of up to approximately 35%. Built in bump sensors also allow it to move around trees, rose bushes, and anything else cluttering up the yard. What’s cool is that the clippings are mulched and reintroduced into the lawn to help keep it healthy.

Fully programmable, the Automower can even be set to run at night – thanks to it’s super quiet battery powered engine only puts out a noise level of about 63 dB (A), which is low when you consider the average lawn mower operates at between 90 and 100 dB (A).

And it even has an anti theft feature which renders the Automower inert unless a personal 4-digit code is used to operate the mower, and there is also an alarm to deter unauthorized users.

Best part? It’s weather proof. So rain or shine, the Automower is mowin’ the lawn. And you’re saving $5.00 every time Jr. forgets to mow for his allowance.

4 reviews or comments

techcommdood Says: September 15, 2007 at 5:43 am

Didn’t know Husqy was entering the robotic mowing market… Robomow‘s been out there too.

As long as they’re easy to maintain and are reliable, I want one! Especially if pricing is going to be only around a grand or so (or less, please).

Another weekend of Gadget Thumbnails » Coolest Gadgets Says: September 16, 2007 at 2:03 pm

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GrandDad Says: September 16, 2007 at 8:26 pm

Sorry, but Husky is not the first.

About 8 or 9 years ago, I almost purchased a solar-powered robotic mower that was corralled by either a surface or buried wire.

Preston Says: November 27, 2007 at 11:32 am

At the moment Husqvarna has most of the patents for robotic lawn mowers. The first generation of the automower was released in 1997. It was to weak, to slow, and the blades were inadequate for even European yards. 2 years latter in 1999 Robomower and Lawnbott/Ambrogio entered the market with their robotic lawn mowers with Husqvarna’s permission to use patents. There is soon to be a brand new shift in robotic lawn mowers from Lawnbott, something that is truly innovative, be sure to check out http://www.bamabots.com around February to see what it is.

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