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Pretty soon, all of our chores will be performed by robots.
The FCC has given iRobot, the company behind the wonder-gadget, permission to make and sell a robotic lawn mower that will almost certainly. The lawn mower will wirelessly connect with stakes set into the ground which operate as signaling beacons and allow the mower to cut the entire lawn.
Government permission was required “to make sure that transmissions between its machines and the antennas wouldn’t interfere with other devices using the same frequencies,” according to Reuters.
The FCC rarely gives out the waiver that iRobot received—which lets it build “fixed outdoor infrastructure” (namely, stakes) that send out low-power radio signals. But iRobot convinced the agency by saying that its beacons would only be two feet off the ground.
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory had complained to the FCC, saying that the wireless signals would interfere with telescopes.
As you can see in the video below, robot lawnmowers already exist…
…but iRobot’s wireless-beacon idea would eliminate the inconvenience of having to set up a perimeter wire in a yard, as well as the danger of slicing through it.
Photo via Kevin McManus/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)
Josh Katzowitz is the Weekend Editor for the Daily Dot and covers the world of YouTube. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. He’s also a longtime sports writer, covering the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.