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In Rodney Brooks’ recommended book Flesh and Machines, he talks about his disappointment over robot lawnmowers. That was five years ago, and little has changed in the field since then. It’s pretty much still the same robomowers with the same less-than-killer-app technologies. Brooks’ iRobot obviously is hoping to change that with their “Mowba” (let’s hope that’s a working title) patent filing. Robot Stock News has a bunch of patent illos showing the different possible configurations, moving technologies, sensor types, and mowing schemes. The full patent can be seen here.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.

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