Segway is best known for its self-balancing scooters, but their latest product focuses on keeping the lawn trimmed.
The company announced NavimowIt’s the company’s first robotic lawn mower, and while it may not be the industry’s first choice, it promises a much easier setup without the need for a border wire.
This wire – usually buried a few inches under the lawn – is what keeps most robotic lawn mowers running in the correct area.
The company has resorted to a virtual geofencing feature, using a combination of GPS and other sensors.
The company claims that the feature, dubbed EFLS, combines GPS and other types of sensors to achieve a pinpoint accuracy of up to 2 centimeters.
After knowing how to plan the lawn, mowing areas can be created in the companion Segway app, including no-go areas and walkways through which to connect multiple areas.
Like a robotic vacuum cleaner, the idea is that Navimow automatically detects the most efficient path through the lawn, trimming it as it goes. It leaves no trails, and the algorithm learns over time to improve efficiency and reduce time.
Segway envisions it operating more frequently than manual mowers, constantly mowing the lawn to maintain a constant height. Priority is given to areas where the grass grows thicker and higher with more frequent mowing.
There are built-in anti-collision sensors. Ultrasound is designed to detect and work around potential obstacles, while shock sensors send Navimow in another direction.
Segway’s BladeStop system stops cutting blades if a human or animal comes close to them. And if someone decides to steal Navimow, the device sends a phone notification and reports their real-time location in the app.
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Segway announces smarter robotic lawn mower
Segway claims the mower can handle slopes of up to 45 degrees, thanks to its 50mm rubber wheels, while the 10,200mAh battery is designed for lawns of up to 3,000 square metres, or more than 30,000 square feet.
This does not mean that they do it all at once. But Navimow can return to recharge and then return to where it left off.
There’s IPX6 water resistance, and a rain sensor automatically sends the mower to its curb in inclement weather. The app also has real-time scheduling and mower status, along with controlling the height of the lawn mower.
This can be adjusted from about 1.2 to 2.4 inches. The company says: It’s much quieter than most other lawn mowers with a sound of 58 decibels when in use.
The company releases four versions of the lawn mower. Navimow H500E that costs $1,425. Other models have larger batteries, along with 4G support and GPS anti-theft system, and prices go up to $2,970.
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