HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Blog

Honda's Latest Robot Mows Your Lawn

NO RATINGS
View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
Page 1/6  >  >>
Tool_maker
User Rank
Platinum
Why that chore?
Tool_maker   9/19/2012 1:04:55 PM
NO RATINGS
  I do not care for most of the chores associated with being a home owner, but mowing the grass is a good excuse to get out of the house and lose the blues of the day while pondering the meaning of life. I agree with Warren's early post that this just presents an opening for my wife to find more chores. If someone really wants to create a robot to do really good things for a homeowner, make one that scrapes and then paints the window frames that are in need of both. How about one that cleans my gutters or picks up after the dog? But leave my grass alone. Same with shoveling snow. They are both good exercise and leave me with a feeling of accomplishment. Just goes to show what a mundane life I lead.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Too much automation?
Rob Spiegel   9/10/2012 2:48:25 PM
NO RATINGS
Good questions, Chuck. If the robot can dock itself when it needs to be recharged, it could get by with a less aggressive battery. Could be the self-docking system is a recent innovation.

Jennifer Campbell
User Rank
Gold
Re: Too much automation?
Jennifer Campbell   9/10/2012 11:06:05 AM
NO RATINGS
Reading these comments is as interesting as reading the article. I never knew there were so many robo mowers out there. Makes me wonder why I've never seen one patrolling a neighbor's yard!

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Too much automation?
Charles Murray   9/7/2012 6:09:21 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks for the link, Rob. I had no idea there were so many companies making robo-mowers. It's interesting to see how many are using lithium batteries. As I recall, the Friendly Robotics mower would dock itself and re-charge on its own. So what's the purpose of an expensive lithium battery? Is it for bigger lawns?

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Too much automation?
Rob Spiegel   9/7/2012 1:17:09 PM
NO RATINGS
Good point, Chuck. It seems there are a number of robot lawn mowers on the market now. Here's a comparison:

http://www.probotics.com/robotic-lawn-mowers/robot-mower-quick-comparison.htm

One of them, called the BigMow sells for nearly $13,000.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Too much automation?
Rob Spiegel   9/7/2012 12:27:26 PM
NO RATINGS
RW, the rain sensor and the automatic re-charging sound like great additional features. It will be interesting to see if this market takes off. With Honda's high price tag, it sounds like there is plenty of room for competition.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Too much automation?
Charles Murray   9/6/2012 8:33:16 PM
NO RATINGS
I haven't heard whether Friendly Robotics is still selling Robo-Mowers, Rob. I see they still have a web site, but they seem to have disappeared. There's an old saying that when it comes to innovation, it's better to be second, rather than first. That saying may apply here.

William K.
User Rank
Platinum
Robot Lawnmower
William K.   9/6/2012 4:45:39 PM
NO RATINGS
Very interesting indeed. But the cost is a big deal also.  It takes as long to unroll the cord of my electric lawnmower as it doesto mow the lawn. So I do wonder about the value provided to me by an automated mowwer. For a 5 acre lawn it could make sense, but for a really small lawn even a powered mower is a stretch. Every once in a while though, it seems that it might be handy to have some robot do the mowing, mostly when the weather is really hot.

RW
User Rank
Iron
Re: Too much automation?
RW   9/6/2012 1:56:10 PM
NO RATINGS
Yes when it finishes it follows the perimeter wire which runs under its dock. When it docks it hits two paddles which recharge the batteries.


It is fully programmable to go out and cut whenever you like. Any day any time. Mine goes out Monday, wednesday, friday  at 2am by schedule, and then I manualy let it out once over the weekend as well during the day just to watch it run as its very ammusing lol.

It doesn't do well in the rain if you have hills as the tires slip. It has a rain sensor though that you can enable or disable. I enable the sensor since I have hills which means if it rains it doesnt go out that day. If you had a flat yard it would do just fine. The clippings it generates are so tiny that you dont end up clogging the mower up like an ordinary mower would after rain.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Too much automation?
Rob Spiegel   9/6/2012 1:23:46 PM
NO RATINGS
Good information, RW. Does it park itself when it has complete its rounds. Can you program it to awake every few days (say if you're on vacation)? How does it do in the rain (which could happen while you're sleeping).

Page 1/6  >  >>
Partner Zone
More Blogs
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
Ever wanted your own giant robot? Three engineers did, and now they want to make 15-ft, fighting MegaBots a household name.
Here are 10 examples of the wide range of new technology on display at Pack Expo in Chicago earlier this month.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
Green energy is being billed as a way to make communities that are energy deprived more self-sustaining. So it makes sense to use natural materials to create devices that harvest this type of energy. That’s the idea behind a hybrid wind/solar energy harvester made of bamboo that’s been developed by UVM researchers.
Design News Webinar Series
11/19/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
11/6/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
10/7/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Nov 17 - 21, Analog Design for the Digital World
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Last Archived Class
Sponsored by Littelfuse
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service