Lawn care is the bane of many homeowners existence—putting off mowing the lawn for a nicer day, only to spend that nice day doing something else. Well iRobot, makers of the Roomba, have created a lawn mowing robot that can take care of that weekend chore from now on. Similar to the autonomous vacuum cleaner, users can let the Terra mow the lawn without wasting an entire day.
The Terra includes state-of-the-art mapping and navigation technology for high performance, high-quality mowing, and simple installation. The robot “mows like people do,” referring to the back and forth lines that people do when cutting a lawn. Like its counterpart, the Roomba, the Terra utilizes iRobot’s imprint smart mapping technology to know its exact location in the yard and what locations still need cutting. If the robot has a low battery, it will automatically return to the base for a recharge before completing the lawn.
The robot can be programmed and paired with the iRobot Home App using WiFi, allowing users to adjust grass height and schedule lawn maintenance for day or night. Counting on some tougher terrain, iRobot implemented “rugged features” in their design to aid in outdoor terrain navigation as well as bad weather.
Unlike other robot lawnmowers, Terra uses a wireless communication system to map the boundaries of your property. Set up for the robot includes placing wireless beacons around the yard, as well as an introductory ride around the perimeter of the property, so it gets the lay of the land.
CEO Colin Angle says, “iRobot is building an ecosystem of robots and technologies that help people do more both inside and outside of the home. The robot mower segment is well established in EMEA and has tremendous room for growth in other markets, including North America. With its ease of use and premium mowing features, Terra is poised to give consumers a whole new way to think about how they take care of their lawn.”
iRobot is currently selling the Terra in Germany as part of a beta program. Dates for release and pricing in the U.S. have not yet been released.
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