iRobot announces the Terra robotic mower launching in 2019

Cal Jeffrey

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We reported clear back in 2015 that iRobot had applied for and received clearance from the FCC to produce a “handsfree” mower. It’s been four years with no word on the project until today's press release.

Terra is by no means the first robomower. Honda released the Miimo robotic landscaper in Europe back in 2013. It works just like a Roomba but in order to create “walls,” wire must be strung around the areas to be mowed. Installation requires a Honda professional and can be quite expensive.

Terra looks to eliminate this problem with literal wireless technology. To define boundaries, you just place electronic beacons around the yard. Then run the robot one time about the perimeter. After that, it will have learned its outer bounds and mow in a back-and-forth pattern.

Terra keeps track of where it has mown. So if the battery runs low, it will return to its charging station to juice up then continue where it left off.

For internal boundaries, users will use the iRobot Home app to define areas that are off-limits such as flowerbeds. The app can also be used to customize the cutting length and schedule operating times.

Terra joins the iRobot family alongside its siblings the Roomba vacuum and the Braava mopping robots.

“iRobot is building an ecosystem of robots and technologies that help people do more both inside and outside of the home," said iRobot CEO and Chairman Colin Angle. “The robot mower segment is well established in EMEA and has tremendous room for growth in other markets, including North America.”

Terra is not quite ready for market, but it’s close. iRobot says it will be beta testing the mower in the US sometime in 2019. No estimates on pricing are available yet. Keep an eye on the iRobot website for more info.

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Uncle Al

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It's been done a few times over the years but it has problems with things like garden hoses left out, etc. and for those of us with a bit more than a square lot we'll wait for iTractor ..... or iJohn Deer .....
 

kombu

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It's been done a few times over the years but it has problems with things like garden hoses left out, etc. and for those of us with a bit more than a square lot we'll wait for iTractor ..... or iJohn Deer .....
Or an iUndocumentedImmigrant
 

Evernessince

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It's been done a few times over the years but it has problems with things like garden hoses left out, etc. and for those of us with a bit more than a square lot we'll wait for iTractor ..... or iJohn Deer .....

There are already models out from Husqvarna that can handle up to 2 acres.
 

VitalyT

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Even a 3-year long Mexican Job is more cost-effective, while enough time for that thing to break a few times over.
 

mbrowne5061

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Honda's Miimo goes for $2,500 to $2,800.

I imagine Terra's price will be around there too.

Probably not. iRobot doesn't put out products in that price range. I would wager closer to $1,500. They are going to want to avoid too large of a premium on a push mower.