If we asked you to describe your current lawn care arrangements, you might respond, “I mow.” Starting this summer, however, the folks at Honda are hoping to change your response to Miimo, the name of their new robotic lawn mower.
This sleek little yard bot is capable of cutting lawns of up to half an acre and will handle slopes up to 25 degrees.
Miimo has been available in Europe since 2013 but is only now being unleashed on American lawns.
In a world has long enjoyed the benefits of robotic vacuuming, there’s nothing all that earth-shattering about Miimo. There are two models available. Each runs on a rechargeable battery and will automatically return to its docking station to recharge when it detects that the battery level has fallen below 30%. The specs are as follows:
Battery capacity 22.2 V/1.8 Ah
Mows up to 30 minutes on a single charge
Weighs around 26 pounds
Cuts up to half-acre lawn
Battery capacity 22.2 V/3.6 Ah
Mows up to 60 minutes on a single charge
Weighs just over 26 pounds
Can cut up to .75 acre lawn
In order to operate in the great outdoors, the unit does require the installation, by a Honda technician, of a boundary wire along the edge of the property. Independent 360-degree sensors and floating cover to detect solid obstacles, keeping you, your pet and your gnome statue safe from harm. However, a boundary wire will be required to protect your flower garden from your Miimo and your Miimo from your pond.
Like your vacuum, you can specify whether Miimo should mow during the day or at night. Unlike your vacuum, you can also set your Miimo to mow more frequently at certain times during the season when your lawn is likely to grow faster and less frequently during slower growth periods.
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