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A phone gets this mower going

A phone gets this mower going
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First Published: Thu, May 29 2008. 11 52 PM IST

Updated: Thu, May 29 2008. 11 52 PM IST
Owners of Kyodo America Industries Co. Ltd's newest robotic lawn mower, the LawnBott LB3500, can program the little guy using a Bluetooth-equipped mobile phone, telling the mower when to leave its docking station and run around your estate, happily chewing up the grass while you sip a mint julep.
The $3,249 device can mow up to an acre out of the box—and 2 acres if you add two more lithium-ion batteries. A guy wire tacked around your property's perimetre keeps the LawnBott from straying into your neighbour's yard.
You can program the number of times per day and days per week that the LawnBott should mow, either by entering information on its screen or by using a Java program downloaded to your phone. One glitch is that Kyodo America says that incompatibility between Bluetooth technologies in Europe and the US means that it will be a few months before the phone features work here. Meanwhile, if you need to impress your friends, you can always accessorize the LawnBott with a $79 pair of spiked wheels.
©2008/THE NEW YORK TIMES
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First Published: Thu, May 29 2008. 11 52 PM IST