WINNER: New robot lawnmower

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MAKE reader gnomic had a sweet deal on a new robo mower, FREE – you just had to come up with the best idea – and here it is!

Adam, Congrats! You Won! You idea had the greatest combined technical and social merit. I hope that you use this as a prototype and perhaps even produce a DIY version. As an owner of 2 dogs, I’d buy one for my back yard!

Here’s the winning idea:

Idea: Robotic poop grabber

  1. Cull parts of it that are unnecessary (blades and extra engines). My brother-in-law will probably re-use these for his own robotic lawn mower project (with GPS, stick cleanup, etc)
  2. Add inexpensive elementry object identification gear (for object recognitiion).
  3. Add some sort of inexpensive, pay as you go cell phone + gps to phone home, if it is stolen.
  4. Add ability to pick up dog poop
  5. Deploy at local dog park in Omaha to clean up (as dog parks are typically covered in stuff that owners leave behind).


  1. It will advertise the local hackerspace (Omaha Maker Group), which is trying to grow.
  2. It will improve a public space
  3. It *should* save the city money as public employees currently have to do this
  4. It should help cut down on disease transmitted (dog-to-dog) by feces (worms, giardia, etc.)

6 thoughts on “WINNER: New robot lawnmower

  1. Maker Dino says:

    Congratulations Adam. We both had the same idea, but mine did not include the dog park and advertising.

    Good luck with teh build… can’t wait to see how this works out!

    Side note to Makezine… second time posting this as the first was lost in the cyberether… please fix the comments as promised.. PLEASE!!!!!! Thank you… :)

  2. migpics says:

    Will this have a poop sensor sensor or will it simply go along picking up everything in it’s path?
    Just think a poop sensor would be cool.

    1. dext0rb says:

      i wonder if this gas sensor would work as a poo detector.

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