Raking leaves, shoveling snow, cutting the grass - yard work is a tedious year-round project. Wouldn't it be nice if there was a new machine that literally “cuts down” on some of that work?
I'm sure many of you have heard of the Roomba robot vacuum cleaners that make their way throughout people's homes automatically cleaning up dirt and dust along the way. Some Roombas have even gone viral when cats get a hold of them and steal rides around the house.
Well, imagine that same concept for your yard. Honda just introduced Miimo, its first robotic lawn mower for U.S. markets. Homeowners will be able to program the device to cut their grass for them.
The 26-pound robot uses a computer, timer, and sensors to mow the lawn. For it to work, you'll need to have Honda employees install a boundary wire above or underground on the property that needs to be cut. Miimo then detects the electric field from the wires so that it can cut the grass within the set boundary.
Miimo owners will use a keypad on the device to program the timer, cutting mode and desired grass height. When it's done mowing the lawn or when its battery is running low, it will roll itself to the docking station.
This robot lawn mower has some pretty useful features and qualities. Its motor is quiet so that it doesn't disturb you or your neighbors. It's waterproof so you can spray it with your hose to clean off blades of grass. It can navigate small slopes and hills. It even has an anti-theft function that requires a pin code to restart it if it's lifted off the ground.
"For customers who want to be on the cutting edge of technology, have busy lifestyles and don't have the time for lawn care, or for customers who don't enjoy cutting the grass, Miimo is the high-tech approach to achieving a beautiful yard," said Michael Rudolph, the vice president of Honda Power Equipment.
Watch the video below to see it in action.
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Starting in June, Miimo will be available for sale at Honda Power Equipment dealerships. The Miimo HRM 310 model can cut up to half an acre of grass and its MSRP is $2,499. The Miimo HRM 520 model can cut up to three-quarters of an acre and its MSRP is $2,799. Both models come with a two-year warranty.
For a while, it seemed that iRobot would be the company to create a robotic lawn mower. They're known for the Roomba, a robotic vacuum cleaner that came out in 2002. In 2015 it was rumored that they had plans to do so, but they hit a snag when an FCC rule stalled production. Later on, iRobot got approval from the FCC to move forward but their website doesn't show that they are currently selling any robotic lawn mowers.
What do you think? Is Miimo worth the money because of the hassle it eliminates? Or will you stick to mowing the lawn yourself? Let me know in the comment section below.