Thanks to iRobot's Roomba and Braava automated cleaners, floor caring is effortless and can be initiated by telling Alexa or Google Assistant to vacuum or mop. The same privilege is coming to the outdoors with the Terra, iRobot's new autonomous lawnmower, which will make grass trimming as painstaking as speaking to a smart speaker or pressing a button.
The Terra follows in its cousins' footsteps and uses the same navigation and mapping systems. It mows without human intervention, maps the area it has covered, and returns to its base automatically. The Terra can also charge itself and resume where it left off when its battery runs low, just like a Roomba.
Unlike other automated mowing systems that require owners to install wires around their yard, iRobot has built a solution that uses wireless beacons, which are placed around the lawn to help the Terra recognize the boundaries of its workspace. Thanks to the latest Imprint mapping technology, also featured on the newest Roombas, the mower will generate a map of your lawn, on which you will be able to identify areas it shouldn't cover, like flower beds. The Terra is designed to operate in tough conditions such as harsh weather and rough environment, and can be controlled with the Home app, where you can set mowing schedules and grass height.
iRobot says the Terra will be available for sale in Germany and through a beta program in the US during the year, without specifying its price or exact release date. You can find further details in the press release below and on iRobot's website.
iRobot® Reinventing Lawn Care with Terra™ Robot Mower
Terra introduces cutting-edge navigation technology with Imprint™ Smart Mapping and a unique wireless beacon system, for a more intelligent robot lawn mower
BEDFORD, Mass., Jan. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Having already changed the way people clean with the iconic Roomba® robot vacuum and Braava® family of robot mops, iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), the leader in consumer robots, is reinventing how people care for their lawn with the Terra™ robot mower. Terra™ features state-of-the-art mapping and navigation technologies, high-performance, high-quality mowing, and easy installation. A video and photos of the robot were unveiled on iRobot.com today.
The iRobot Terra™ introduces cutting-edge navigation technology and a unique wireless beacon system for a more intelligent robot lawn mower.
Terra is unique because it learns its environment using iRobot's Imprint™ Smart Mapping technology. It mows like people do, intelligently navigating a yard cutting efficiently in straight, back-and-forth lines. Terra remembers where it is in the yard and where it still needs to cover. If the robot's battery runs low, it will return to its base to recharge and then resume mowing until the yard is complete.
Terra will offer consumers a welcome alternative to existing robotic lawn mowers by eliminating the need for costly and labor-intensive boundary wires. Combining Imprint™ Smart Mapping technology and a newly developed wireless communications system, including standalone beacons, users just place the wireless beacons around their yard, drive the robot once around the perimeter, and schedule Terra to mow. Users have total control over where the robot goes and where it doesn't go, so it will stay on the lawn and out of the flowers.
Because Terra is connected, users can use the iRobot HOME App to customize their robot – from adjusting the height of the grass to controlling precisely when the lawn is cut, day or night. The robot is designed with rugged features to help it operate in inclement weather and navigate tough outdoor terrain.
"iRobot is building an ecosystem of robots and technologies that help people do more both inside and outside of the home," said Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot. "The robot mower segment is well established in EMEA and has tremendous room for growth in other markets, including North America. With its ease of use and premium mowing features, Terra is poised to give consumers a whole new way to think about how they take care of their lawn."
The iRobot Terra robot mower will be available for sale in Germany and as a beta program in the U.S. in 2019. Specific availability and pricing will be announced at a later date. Please visit www.irobot.com/robot-lawn-mower for more information. Images and a video can be downloaded at http://media.irobot.com/media-kits?item=28.
About iRobot Corp.
iRobot®, the leading global consumer robot company, designs and builds robots that empower people to do more both inside and outside of the home. iRobot created the home robot cleaning category with the introduction of its Roomba® Robot Vacuum in 2002. Today, iRobot is a global enterprise that has sold more than 25 million robots worldwide. iRobot's product line, including the Roomba and the Braava® family of mopping robots, feature proprietary technologies and advanced concepts in cleaning, mapping and navigation. iRobot engineers are building an ecosystem of robots and technologies to enable the smart home. For more information about iRobot, please visit www.irobot.com.
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