Oh sweet robotics. If I had an extra $1000-$2000 (depending on the model), I would be all over this. I used to think lawn mowing was cool. However after the novelty wore off, lawn mowing was not much fun after all. Enter the Robomower, from the creative minds at Friendly Robotics. I find it ironic that a company with a name that warm and fuzzy makes autonomous robots with spinning sharp metal blades that rotate at 5800 rpm. Despite the threat of a rogue Robomower of death, this looks a great product. I would opt for the Robomow RL1000, which happens to be the most expensive, because it actually offers programmed scheduled departures. It even sounds a safety buzzer 5 minutes before launch to warn people away (or attract them, depending on their curiosity level). Despite sensor equipped bumpers, mower lift detection, child lock and anti-theft features, I think I would still keep an eye on it to make sure a jealous neighbor would not run off with mine. Friendly Robotics, are you listening? Please send me one for permanent evaluation. I will even change the blog name to RoboFixated in your honor. Ok, not really. More information is available at FriendlyRobotics.com.
About Marc Lyman
Marc grew up under a brave single mom who "encouraged" home improvement on the family home. Early toddler gifts included a tool set, and even a cordless Bosch drill when cordless drills first came out. In grade school (give or take a few years), Marc's mom said, "We need to cut down some trees. . . . here's a chainsaw." A father figure also involved Marc in many home improvement projects, including a summer of home remodeling in Palo Alto, CA. Toss in some Obsessive Compulsive personality traits researching everything home improvement related. The end result: a genetically pre-disposed, socially sculpted home improvement machine! For his complete profile, please visit our About page. Really, it's worth it.