Dawn of the RoboLawn

by James

LawnBotWhen I visited Epcot Center at Disney World for my honeymoon in 1994, one of memorable products I saw showcased was a prototype robotic lawnmower. Well, in 2007 K.A. Home Robotics has introduced the LawnBot for those of us who don’t live in the “experimental prototype community of tomorrow.”

The LawnBot isn’t related to iRobot’s successful and innovative Roomba, but it does share similar features. Working autonomously by means of its preprogrammed computer and a perimeter cable, the LawnBot can mow up to three separate sectors totaling 33,000 square feet and then return itself to its recharging dock.

How LawnBot works

The perimeter cable provides the LawnBot’s computer with necessary lawn dimensions thanks to faint signal that it transmits directly to the unit. LawnBot can still mow without this signal, but a fence or small border must enclose the working area at least 4 inches tall.

And when it runs into an uneven grass surface, of thicker or taller grass, the program will begin a technique of spiraling spiral outward from that area to even out grass height and eliminate any missed areas.

Sadly, for the cost of one model ($1750, almost $3,000 for the Bluetooth-compatible model), you can own almost 10 Roombas. So it’s probably a better idea to wait and see what more affordable options come from iRobot.

8 reviews or comments

Melodie Lane Says: May 5, 2007 at 9:46 am

WAKE UP! Friendly Robotics has been selling their RL series Robomowers for almost 10 years. They work great on average lawns. I think they have better safety features and are better looking. Not to mention lower cost.

Kerry Says: June 14, 2007 at 9:21 am

I have the Lawnbott Super Evolution in my front yard and Robomower RL1000 in my back yard. Both do an excellent job but the Lawnbott is so much more fun to watch. I wrote a review of them.

Jeff Says: April 20, 2009 at 12:20 pm

The LB3500 line from Lawnbott-central.com has superior mowing ability and safety features. Far more advanced than the Robomow from Friendly Robotics. Handles steeper hills, deeper grass and mows more area.
Worth the look.

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