German multinational engineering and
electronics company Bosch has recently unveiled what it calls to be the world’s
first intelligent robot lawnmower. Enter Indego, a “robo-mower” that can do the
job without human intervention. According to Bosch, its Indego is special being that it can
mow in sequential rows, contrary to other robo-mowers that will randomly mow in
different directions with the idea that they will eventually cover the whole
lawn over time. The Indego can reportedly mow an area of up to 1,000 square
meters. However, the company said that Indego will need to recharge itself after
covering an estimated 200 meters.
Thankfully, the robo-mower can reportedly
find its way into its charger to recharge its lithium-ion battery pack. Bosch
added that Indego that can fully recharge itself after 90 minutes of charging
and that it can resume its work from where it left off. But probably what’s more
interesting about the robo-mower is its built-in audible alarm that will sound
if it is removed from within the property of its owner. Bosch’s Indego lawnmower
is currently available in Sweden for now, although the company said that an
international release is underway. The suggested retail price, should the device
launch in the U.S. soon, will be around $2,121.
Developing a more intelligent and efficient way of mowing the front lawn, Bosch wants you to put your feet up while a small, green robot does all the work.
Drawing similarities to the Roomba vacuum cleaner, Bosch has developed a robotic, electric lawn mower that will mow a lawn without the need for direct supervision. According to IEEE Spectrum, the Bosch Indego will cut up to 1,000 square meters at a time, approximately a quarter of an acre. Using the provided wiring, the Indego owner must define the perimeter of the yard in order to help the electric lawn mower understand the boundaries of the property. The robotic lawn mower will automatically avoid obstacles in the path of the mower such as large rocks, lawn decorations, toys left out by kids and other small objects.
The mower can operate for twenty minutes before automatically returning to the charging pad and recharging the lithium-ion battery. After spending 90 minutes to recharge the battery, the mower returns to the process of cutting the grass. Using the charging pad as a navigation point, the mower returns to the exact spot that it stopped mowing and cuts the grass in straight lines to avoid missing any patches of grass.
According to Bosch, this method of cutting the grass is four times more effective than other robotic lawn mowers. In addition to quiet operation, the electric lawn mower mulches grass clippings during the process and doesn’t expel exhaust like a gasoline-powered mower.
For anyone concerned about a thief snatching the lawn mower off the charging station or stealing it during operation, the Indego has a built-in alarm that goes off when the device is moved a significant distance from the charging station. According to estimates from Bosch, the Indego electric lawn mower is ten times cheaper to operate than a standard gasoline-powered mower. However, the extremely expensive $2,040 price tag will definitely turn people away for the near future. The robotic lawn mower will be sold within northern Europe during 2012 and expand to larger markets over 2013.