Exciting news for you people that don’t have a yard that’s the size of a public park. iRobot received the go-ahead from the FCC to build a hands-free mowing bot. Skynet finally will have its first soldiers.
iRobot, the parent company that makes the Roomba, has been the subject of lawn mowing rumors for years. We’d get teases and then nothing. I know, I want to be lazy too on a Saturday.
The reason it has been an uphill battle has to do with current FCC regulations that nix the operation of ‘fixed outdoor infrastructure’ transmitting a low-power radio signal without a license. I think that regulation was written by a robot…
It’s an autonomous lawn mower for people too lazy to crank the push mower. Besides, we know the buyers of this are not taking care of the mower sitting in the garage. Routine maintenance? Wtf is that?
Another roadblock in iRobot’s quest for a lawn mower? The National Radio Astronomy Observatory. It maintained the system would interfere with its telescopes. iRobot fought back, and the FCC sided with the company.
Regulators waived the rules for iRobot due to the beacons used by the company having promised limitations on height, signal strength and use in residential areas.