Toro has launched the Eurocycler electric lawnmower that includes features designed to help consumers recycle while saving energy on their lawn mowing. The mower includes a "recycle on demand" function that allows the user to instantly switch mower operation from bagging the cuttings in the normal way to recycling them into the lawn, thus reducing the amount of garden waste going into landfills.
The chopping function can be completed in about a third of the time it takes to mow and collect cuttings in a traditional manner. The Eurocycler was developed for the European market where yards tend to be small and consumers show a preference for goods that provide environmental benefits.
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
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