Roomba on Wednesday unveiled an autonomous iRobot Terra Robot Mower, a lawnmower which you can send out on grass and all the work will done by the mower. The autonomous lawnmower required people to lay down a wire and define the boundaries, Terra only requires wireless beacons to be placed around the perimeter of a lawn.
After that Terra robot Mower will automatically make the rounds and then return to the charging base whenever its low on power. Also, you can use iRobot’s Home app to schedule lawn cutting, fine-tune the grass height and specify areas that are off-limits. People can use the connected app as a monitor to see mower schedule and route as well. The robot has a system installed that why it can survive rain and can handle the terrain in your yard.
The lawnmower has one hour of run time and takes about two hours to charge fully. If its run out of the battery on its mid-route then it goes back to its charger and picks up where it left off. Terra is completely waterproof and designed to live in outdoor conditions. It features two modular shears and spring technology in case if blades hit a rock.
In an interview with the Associated Press, iRobot CEO Colin Angle explained that the company has been working on the mower for more than a decade. He further said the company gave up believing that actually making a robot lawn mower was impossible. Because the company faced issues like satellite-based GPS and lasers to direct its movement that derailed the robot mower’s development.
Don’t expect to buy Terra lawnmower all that soon because the company has not announced the release date yet and just said to launch in somewhere in 2019. Roomba only committed to launches in both Germany and (in beta form) the US. The terra robot can also pair with Wi-fi, but the company has not explained how the machine intends to deal with potentially poor signal in users’ yards.
Roomba did not tell pricing yet.