LawnBott Automated Robotic Mower

April 24, 2009 by Scott Wharton  
Filed under Electronics

Remember that little robotic vacuum cleaner thing that looked like a Frisbee and somehow knew when your floor was dirty and would spot clean it for you? I thought that was the most ridiculous and lazy thing; mainly because a kitchen floor is not that big and that little thing would probably freak me out a bit. However, this LawnBott is awesome.

(Image: Productivity PR)

(Image: Productivity PR)

Kyodo America Company produces the LawnBott, an electric robotic mower that does everything short of removing debris from your lawn. Before I mow I always scan the yard and remove any pine-cones, sticks, rocks etc. before I mow. Doing this ensures my blade stays fairly sharp and I don’t bend the shaft of the blade mount.

A good mulching blade will save you time and the minced grass clippings will actually let nutrients soak back in to your lawn and help it flourish. The LawnBott features a flat blade and mulches the grass so you don’t have to worry about it. Since it’s electric there is virtually no noise and you don’t have to worry about refilling it with gasoline or even worry about emissions and fumes.

(Image: Productivity PR)

(Image: Productivity PR)

Programmable in 6 different languages and three different zones, you can program it to cut front, side or back yards. Kyodo says that you can set it and sit back and watch it mow! I would say set it and go do your own thing but curious kids and animals are always a safety risk with mowers.

(Image: Productivity PR)

(Image: Productivity PR)

There are six different LawnBotts to choose from so you can pick one in your price range or preferences. The LawnBotts can detect sidewalks, flower beds and will change direction when approaching them. If it starts raining it will detect water and return to it’s docking station! So how does it really know where to cut? The LawnBott is equipped with a sophisticated computer inside it that guides it around your yard with the help of a perimeter wire that you must set up. The perimeter wire is kind of like a perimeter wire for electronic dog fences and gives the LawnBott a guiding boundary. Pretty cool, huh? Here is the press release information for each LawnBott. Check out the LawnBott in action in the embedded video at the bottom.

The new limited release, LawnBott LB1200 Spyder won 1st prize at the European outdoor show, GAFA for 2008 Most Innovative Product for being the first and only robotic mower that doesn’t require a perimeter wire – the patented sensors actually sense when the LB1200 Spyder is on grass and when it needs to be cut to maintain a desired height. When the LB1200 Spyder approaches walkways, curbs, patios, herb gardens, and flowerbeds it simply reverses its direction and continues to mow up to 5,500 sq. ft. of lawn, managing slopes up to 27º. The LB1200 Spyder is the simplest to use. Just place it down on the grass, turn it on, and walk away. With simple On and Off buttons, there is no programming to worry about, simply turn on the LB1200 Spyder when you want it to cut and sit back and relax. ($1,399.00 MSRP)

Fully improved with a new motherboard and software, the upgraded LB2110 has a new chassis necessary to house the larger Nm40 torque wheel motors for a more powerful operation and 25,000 sq. ft. of coverage. The LB2110 also features a new wheel and tread design for better traction to handle the increased power, all with a more modern look. The additional perimeter blade guard makes it a safer operating mower and serves to protect the blade from damage when obstacles are encountered in the yard. The new blade modulation feature will help reduce blade speed when grass conditions permit and help conserve the battery power. ($1,999.00 MSRP)

The new LawnBott LB 2150 features new software enhancements and a Lithium-ion battery, making it almost half the weight of its cousin- the LB2110, and also includes more powerful wheel motors and a longer run time. With a larger cutting capacity that uses clean renewal energy and blade modulation that determines resistance against the blade of grass to conserve battery power, maintaining any yard is now made simple. ($2,249.00 MSRP)

Based on LawnBott’s best seller for three years, the upgraded LB3210 Evolution is the only robotic mower with Adaptive Programming Technology. Decide what areas you want trimmed and set up to four different cutting zones, perfect for those intricate yard shapes. Its learning computer actually reprograms itself to adapt to the cutting requirements of your yard. This not only conserves battery life and lengthens the durability of the electric motors, it also contributes to a healthier looking lawn. The improved model comes fully equipped with new chassis, larger and more powerful wheel motors, wheels, tread design, blade guard, motherboard, blade modulation, and the ability to cover 33,000 sq. ft. of lawn. ($2,799.00 MSRP)

The new LB3250 has all of the features of the LB3210 with the addition of a second Lithium-ion battery for improved performance between charges and comes with a new chassis which allows it to maintain up to one and a quarter-acres of yard. ($3,099.99 MSRP)

Utilizing two lithium-ion batteries to propel its powerful motors, the upgraded flagship LB3500 will leave the docking station at its programmed time to navigate slopes up to 27º and maintain a large yard area up to 40,000 sq. ft. and will return home to recharge when it’s done mowing or when the battery runs low. The new software for this model will help maintain larger yards, up to a two-acre lot. An added electronic compass helps keep it in a straight line when traversing against slopes so every spot is trimmed regardless of any incline. Also, the rear grab handle is touch sensitive and will shut off in one second if touched. Safety and security is unparalleled and taken a step further with a higher sensitivity, free-floating, 360° bumper shell and blade stop proximity sensor. ($3,449.00 MSRP)

All LawnBott models use $7 to $10 worth of electricity a year and because gas or oil is not required, it is eco-friendly with no pollution and zero emissions. Every LawnBott model also comes equipped lithium ion batteries (not including the LB2110 which includes lead acid batteries), and a virtually no noise motor making it possible to program and mow your lawn at any time of day or night. In addition, with the exception of the LB1200 Spyder, each model is equipped with an on-board alarm system should an unauthorized user try to pick up the LawnBott and standard a rain sensor allows LawnBott to cut during light rain but stops once it senses too much water and immediately returning to its docking station.

To learn more or inquire about purchasing a LawnBott visit www.lawnbott.com

Block quoted text from Productivity PR press release.

All images vis Productivity PR.

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One Response to “LawnBott Automated Robotic Mower”
  1. Lee Newton says:

    That spyder thing looks plain evil. I don’t think you need to worry about kids or pets going anywhere near that thing while it’s running.

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