Consumer Reports reported last Friday that the LawnBott LB3200 Evolution, a robotic lawnmower that needs no operator, has been recalled due to a safety hazard. A video on the Consumer Reports web site shows that the mower’s blade keeps spinning after one end of it is tilted upward, posing a danger to users and unsuspecting children. The CR web site adds that a distributor said the mower requires a software update to eliminate the problem.
Could our view of distant galaxies be obstructed by a lawnmower? That unlikely question is at the heart of a growing debate between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and a robot manufacturer that seeks to build self-guided lawnmowers.
Design News readers spoke loudly and clearly after our recent news story about a resurgence in manufacturing -- and manufacturing jobs. Commenters doubted the manufacturers, describing them as H-1B visa promoters, corporate crybabies, and clowns. They argued that US manufacturers aren’t willing to train workers, preferring instead to import cheap labor from abroad.
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