iRobot is the biggest word in home robotics thanks to its Roomba line, a robotic indoor cleaning bot army that absorbs dust and dirt on your floors. But what about it the others a huge flat surface that you own, who keeps you? For this purpose, Roomba's lawn mower is finally here: iRobot Terra.
The Roomba lawn mower has been rumored for years. The company has robomower patents that continue until 2008, and by 2015, the company submitted requests to the FCC to allow it to legitimize its beacon navigation system. The original Roomba was introduced in 2002, when iRobot was mostly in the home-robotics market. Waiting for 17 years to deal with the big outdoors, iRobot is now moving to a crowded rivals area and will have to fight with Robomow, the Husqvarna Automower line, Honda Miimo, and the mower line from Worx.
Many Roomba basics make the trip out. Terra is still a battery-powered robot that rides around your property. It has all the usual self-built capabilities that allow you to place yourself on the outdoor charger when it's low and it can take you right where it left off. It uses the same "Home" app as Roomba so you can relax indoors and still monitor the robot as it is in the hot sun.
iRobot says Terra uses the same "Imprint Smart Mapping" navigation technology as the latest indoor Roombas. This means that the older Roomba's spiral navigation is dead, and Terra will cut the lawn into nice, straight lines. The kit includes beacons that are part of the navigation system. The iRobot press release is in light detail, but with the huge antenna behind the robot I think you place these lighthouses on the yard, and the bots use them to triangle your location. Assuming it is the same system iRobot, which was described in the FCC in 2015, iRobot expects "a typical residential lawn will need to place four to nine rates on the ground." Some other robots rely on the wire disposal around the perimeter of the yard – many lighthouses are much easier to install.
When it comes to physical obstacles, Terra will be pleased with the fence or the side of your home, turn and continue like indoor bots. In order to keep the robot from a flower bed or other undesirable places without a physical barrier, limit values can be marked in the app. There is also a small physical remote control.
iRobot says Terra will be starting up in Germany for the first time, even though US beta testing will take place in 2019. There is no price yet, but Terra competition ranges from $ 1,000 to $ 3,000.