Reader Jack pointed out the LawnBott series to us this morning, and it’s totally grabbed our attention. We’ve long desired a “Roomba for the yard,” but most of the ones we’ve seen are missing the Roomba’s best features: a charging station that it can find on its own and a programmable work schedule.
Granted, the LawnBotts take a little more set-up work than a Roomba. The LawnBott requires staked-in wire boundaries which you’ve got to put in place before use. Using a control pad, you tell the ‘Bott when to mow (and when not to mow — like before noon on Saturday or in the middle of the night). But after that, it looks like you can sit back and watch it go.
There’s lots of interesting technical information over at the manufacturer’s site, including an installation guide, a description of the algorithms that control ’em, and videos of the ‘Botts doing their thing. They offer a number of different models as well, mostly differing in their battery capacity and cut width, but the one pictured above — the LB3200 “Evolution” — starts at around $2,500.
And before all you cheap-o Toolmongers scream about the price (like we did), consider this: it’s still a lot cheaper than feeding, clothing, and educating a kid until his or her hands can reach the push mower.