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June 12, 2012

Bosch has introduced its new robotic lawnmower, the Indego

Bosch has introduced its new robotic lawnmower, the Indego

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Well, the Auto-Mower, Robby Garden XP, Evolution, and Robomow now have another competitor to content with – last month, Bosch launched its Indego autonomous lawnmower. Like existing “robo-mowers,” this one handles the cutting of the grass without human intervention, while its owner presumably lies nearby in a hammock with an iced tea and says things like “Now this is the life!”. According to Bosch, however, it also has a few features that make it special.

The Indego can handle lawns with an area of up to 1,000 square meters (10,764 sq ft), although after doing about 200 (2,153) it will have to take itself back to its charger to top up its lithium-ion battery pack. It is able to find that charger on its own, and takes 90 minutes to fully recharge.

Once it’s juiced up again, it will return to the point where it left off, and continue mowing. It takes about 20 minutes to mow each 200 sq m – this is actually up to four times quicker than other robotic mowers, claims the company.

The Indego is said to be up to four times quicker than other robotic lawnmowers

Part of the reason for its speediness is the fact that it mows in orderly sequential rows, like a farmer swathing their crops. By contrast, some other robotic mowers move more or less randomly all over the place, the idea being that they’ll eventually get the whole lawn done. It is also able to sense obstacles or “no-mow” surfaces such as gravel, and automatically figures out how to adjust its mowing pattern in order to avoid those. Certain other mowers must be programmed with the location of such areas, or require them to be cordoned off with wire.

The Indego can be set to automatically head out on its lawn-cutting duties every other day (which sounds like a bit much), or as often as the user wishes. Should any jealous neighbors wish to snatch it, a built-in audible alarm will sound if it’s removed from the user’s property – its alarm code can be updated via the internet, should it legitimately change homes.

So far, it appears that the mower is only available in Sweden and other parts of Scandinavia, although presumably a wider release is in the works. Its suggested retail price is 14,995 Krona (US$2,121).

The video below illustrates its lawn-navigation technology.

Source: Bosch (Swedish) via Toolworld

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6 Comments

It would be nice to see actual footage of the mower in action... (sped up of course).

I had one back a few years, and just couldn't handle my large American yard, and thick St. Augustine grass.

More suited for a small yard of Bluegrass, Fescue or Zoysia.

Matt Rings
13th June, 2012 @ 09:37 am PDT

This tech is still at the very early stages. Pretty good though. Off course cost will come down and run times will improve. One problem is that spot where the base station/charger sits on the lawn will not be mowed. Now you just need to trim the edges and sweep/blow the grass cuttings....I'll wait a few more years.

habakak
13th June, 2012 @ 10:57 am PDT

From what I can read at the local garden tool shop it does come with a wired to fence it in, so it is apparently not that clever that you can just tell where the border is.

@habakak no need to sweep/blow grass cuttings. When you cut the grass often enough the cutting just filters through the grass straws and become food for the lawn. Cutting often and letting the grass feed itself i actually a great way to maintain a nice lawn. And with a robot it's easy.

Only downside to a robot in my view is if your neighbor has one and you have time off during the day. Because then you'll be hearing his robot do it's job - it may not be loud but it is taking a long time compared to human operated solutions.

BZD
13th June, 2012 @ 04:02 pm PDT

BZD, leaving grass cuttings on your lawn and letting it settle in the substrate will cause root rot and is harmful to the grass. It is much better to collect it as you cut it and then compost the clippings.

Denis Klanac
14th June, 2012 @ 03:13 am PDT

My yard looks just like the first one. Amazing.

Mark A
14th June, 2012 @ 07:08 am PDT

As a spine surgeon, I request the engineers determine why most degenerated discs do not hurt. Also the disc is only one of the three points that stabilize each motion segment between vertebrae. Good luck with any Disc replacement. Get a refund gaurantee and ask what is the next step with failure.

roygbiv
14th June, 2012 @ 11:16 am PDT
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