iRobot is the biggest name in home robots thanks to its Roomba line, a robotic army of internal cleaning shoes that sucks dust and dirt on the floor. But what about it other the huge, flat surface you own that you always need to keep? For this purpose, the Roomba Lawnmower is finally here: iRobot Terra.
The Roomba lawn mower is called summer. The company's robomower patents go back to 2008, and as early as 2015, the company has asked the FCC to allow its outdoor navigation system to be legal. The original Roomba was introduced in 2002, when iRobot had mostly a home-robotic market for itself. Wait for 17 years to cope with the great natural environment that iRobot now moves into a crowded field of racers and will have to fight Robomow, Automower Husqvarna, Miami Honda, and a number of Worx mowers.
A lot of Roomba foundations make a trip outdoors. Terra is still a robot with a battery pack around your property. It has all the usual features that enable low power parking on the external charger and can be raised directly where it is switched off. It uses the same "Home" application as Roomba so you can relax indoors and keep track of the robot spinning in the hot sun.
iRobot says Terra uses the same "Imprint Smart Mapping" navigation technology as the newer Roombas indoor. This means that the spiral navigation of the older Roombasu is dead, and Terra will cut the grass in nice, straight lines. The packages include beacons that are part of the navigation system. The iRobot press release is a light on the details, but with a huge antenna on the back of the robot, I assume you put these beacons around the yard and use them to triangulate its position. Assuming the same iRobot system described in the FCC in 2015, iRobot expects that "a typical rusty lawn will require the placement of four to nine cards in the country." Some other workers rely on burying wires around your yard – a handful of beacons are much easier to install.
When it comes to physical barriers, Terra will happily hit the fence or the side of your house, turn around and continue as well as the inside boots. If you want to keep the robot out of the flowerbed or other unwanted places without a physical barrier, you can mark zones outside the boundaries in your app. There is also a small physical remote control.
iRobot says Terra will be launched for the first time in Germany, and the American beta test will be held sometime in 2019. There is no price yet, but the Terra competition ranges from $ 1,000 to $ 3,000.