Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on June 22, 2008
What’s that black thing crawling along your neighbor’s lawn? It looks like an enormous bug or Darth Vader after an unfortunate encounter in the trash compactor. But it’s not. It’s the Automower Solar Hybrid.
Yes, the lawnmower has gone the way of the Prius. Sort of. A Prius with a brain and an agenda.
Believe it or not, this is the world’s first ever automatic lawn mower. Not only does it cut your lawn while you’re at the office or inside helping the kids with their math homework, it has a solar panel that at least partly powers it. (For extended or night mows, you’ll need to have charged it with some AC.)
Solar power. That’s great. But are they kidding about it cutting the lawn by itself?!?
Evidently not. If you can program your cell phone, you can operate the Automower. Simply tell it what time to start mowing and it does it. And because it has a PIN, if your envious neighbor steals it, it won’t work for them. Better still, because it cuts so often, the short blades of grass that are chopped off will quickly decompose, which provides a natural lawn fertilizer. And unlike your gardener (or you), it mows rain or shine, as all of its electrical components are well protected in an enclosed chassis. Noisy? Not at all. It’s more than 25% quieter than your conventional mower.
But will it run over Fido as it terrorizes your lawn? No, says the website: “animals get used to Automower and it becomes like a member of the family.” Yikes. “Many consumers have even given personal names to their Automower.” Double yikes.
It’s either an amazing thing or a belated April Fool’s joke. I think I’d have to see it in action to believe it. But seeing as how the company, Husqvarna, is based in Sweden, I can’t imagine I’ll have that opportunity anytime soon.
More information here.