iRobot’s robotic lawnmower: It will use a series of small wireless beacons
iRobot’s robotic lawnmower is making waves almost everywhere at the moment. The company that is behind very innovative looking autonomous robotic vacuum cleaner is slated to make a robotic self guided self-guided lawn mower.
In the meantime iRobot Corporation is being praised by analysts who expect the forthcoming product to be equally exciting.
Latest updates suggest that the iRobot Corporation has already to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that it was working on a Robotic Lawn Mower (RLM) that will no longer rely on the current technology of edge wires buried around the lawn. The company went on to claim that the new vacuum cleaner will make use of a series of small wireless beacons for a convenient and precise lawn location information.
It is needless to say that it has created a sort of excitement among many people. Reports suggest that waiver was filed by iRobot in February with the FCC seeking authorization to use a segment of the radio spectrum to assist in the RLM’s directions. The setup of the RLM requires the placement of outdoor portable beacons during the mowing season.
The company believes that the beacons and RLM talk to each other, helping the RLM to plot the lawn area and stay within the selected boundaries. A typical lawn of about 10,000 square feet may require four to nine beacons, which should be removed at the end of the mowing season to prevent battery drain. It would also safeguard the beacons from damage due to environmental factors. The system will, however, require special permission from the FCC due to its restrictions on fixed outdoor infrastructure, as it may be possible for owners to create ad hoc networks of transmitters, which could interfere with existing authorized services like GPS and cellular systems.