Honda robotics powers a home product: lawn mower

Aug 21, 2012
In this undated photo released by Honda Motor Co., its Asimo walking talking robot shows its new product lawn mower Milmo. Honda finally has its first product for the home packed with its prized robotics technology — a sensor-equipped lawn mower. Miimo goes on sale next year, selling for 2,100 euros ($2,600) to 2,500 euros ($3,000), in only Europe. The machine, which looks a bit like iRobot Corp.'s Roomba vacuum cleaner, continuously shaves about 3 millimeters (0.12 inches) off the grass, maneuvering itself on slopes. (AP Photo/Honda Motor Co.)

Honda Motor Co. finally has its first home product packed with its prized robotics technology — a sensor-equipped lawn mower.

Miimo goes on sale next year, only in Europe, where spacious lawns are often enclosed in gates, targeting 4,000 unit sales a year.

The machine, which looks a bit like iRobot Corp.'s Roomba vacuum cleaner, continuously shaves about 3 millimeters (0.12 inches) off the grass, maneuvering itself on slopes. It won't break potted plants, goes to charge itself on its own and won't wander off.

Honda robots, like its Asimo walking and talking robot, have sometimes been criticized as impractical toys.

Honda said Tuesday that Miimo will sell for 2,100 euros ($2,600) to 2,500 euros ($3,000).

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Does it trim the grass with a Flowbie?

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