iRobot, the manufacturer of the Roomba vacuum, today unveiled its first autonomous lawn mower, the Terra. While most autonomous lawn mowers are required by employees to lay cables to set their limits, the Terra only requires that wireless beacons be placed around the perimeter of a lawn. This is a simpler setup. Users also need to drive the lawnmower on the lawn with a companion app to teach them where to go and where to dodge.
The Terra runs for an hour and takes about two hours to fully charge, says iRobot. When the battery is halfway empty, he will return to his charger and pick up where he left off. It is absolutely weatherproof and designed for outdoor living. It has two modular scissor and spring technology, so when the blades fall on a rock or something else that is strong, it bounces back and does not snap. It also has a front bumper to avoid a damaged bot.
The connected app also allows users to define a grassy height and make adjustments as needed. It also allows users to monitor the mower's schedule and route. The Terra mates over Wi-Fi, but iRobot would not explain how to deal with potentially weak signals in the yards.
The device is first introduced in Germany with a beta program in the USA. Prices have not yet been announced.