It’s started indoors and now it’s moving outside, as the Roomba Robot will be mowing your lawn sometime in the future. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently gave the green light for the iRobot Corporation to start manufacturing and selling their automatic lawn mower.
The company has already cut themselves a slice of the market after introducing the public to the Roomba technology through Scooba (the floor scrubber), Braava (the mopper and duster) and Looj (the gutter cleaner). It’s now tackling the possibility of designing their trademark brand of a tiny, flat and round robot that will trim the wildly out of control grass within your yard.
For now called the iRobot RLM (robotic lawn mower), it will differ itself from other rivals currently on the market of automatic lawn mowing by introducing a wireless network between stake transmitters pushed into the ground in order to undergo the task of cutting grass. Others, such as Robomow, Bosch and Flymo, require underground installations, charging stations or other intricate setups, according to iRobot’s pitch.
Their brand of lawn-mowing robots will be using stakes, likely from four to nine in number, scattered around your yard that will transmit signals to each other on where the tiny robot should go to earn you a freshly trimmed, beautiful yard. They are expected to be no taller than 24 inches and will not interfere with other devices on the same frequencies.
That is where iRobot found a bit of a hitch. The National Astronomy Observatory stated that the Roomba lawn mower bot will be working on the same radio frequency and might disrupt the activity of their devices.
However, the FCC ruled in favor of iRobot, who had assured that the yard beacons will pose no such problem as they will start communicating with each other only after set-up and during lawn mowing season. It will be used to map out the yard and know where to go through a similar technology released with their previous products.
The protests have been quelled by the FCC’s decision, so iRobot is now moving all speed ahead to providing a simple-to-use, “green” device that will mow your lawn without human interference, that will also not be using a battery or gasoline. No longer will you have to stand out in the scorching sun to make your yard look presentable, nor will you need to hire another to do it for you.
The tiny Roomba bot will take care of it itself. It will likely also get a more catchier name to remain in trend with iRobot’s previous products, like Moower, but that’s mainly conjecture at this point.
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