Robots are coming soon to a home near you. Whether they’re providing telepresence video chatting from anywhere in the world or, now, helping you eliminate some of your yard work, you may be investing in one sooner than you think.
Last week, Honda announced its robot lawn mower, Miimo, will be coming to the US market.
The autonomous machine, which weighs about 26 pounds, self-charges and makes minimal noise. Miimo is available in two different models, HRM 310 and HRM 520, which can cut lawns up to half an acre and 0.75 acres, respectively.
To prevent your robot lawn mower from venturing onto your neighbor’s property, both models operate within a boundary wire, installed underground or on top of the ground around the perimeter of land you want to be mowed. Along with controls, timers and real-time sensory technology, Miimo detects the electric field from the wire and stays within the boundary.
You also don’t have to worry about Miimo striking anything or anyone in its path. Using its 360-degree sensors, it stops and moves in a different direction when it comes in contact with another object.
The simplistically designed bot has three programmable cutting modes: random, directional or mixed. For bigger lawns, the random setting is ideal as Miimo will make turns at a wide angle when it detects the boundary wire. The directional setting is recommended for smaller areas, as it will make narrow turns.
In addition to its hassle-free operation, Miimo constantly monitors its battery level and returns to its docking station when it needs to recharge. Depending on the model, Miimo can mow for up to 60 minutes on a single charge and can self-charge in the same amount of time.
Miimo will be available for sale in the US in June and has a suggested retail price starting at $2,499 USD.