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Segway's Navimo robot will mow your lawn using GPS

Segway's Navimo robot will mow your lawn using GPS

Segway has introduced its first robotic mower, the Navimo, which uses GPS to stay on your lawn and mow neatly. So unlike other robot mowers, you won't need to install a limit wire to keep the robot on the right side of the grass.

Segway says its Precise Fusion locating system places the Navimo in "precise positioning and orderly mowing patterns," keeping its position accurate to within two centimeters. If its GPS signal is temporarily weak, the Navimo has sensors that will keep it mowing.

Users define area boundaries for Navimo using their smartphone app, which includes giving instructions on which areas to avoid. Segway says Navimo's algorithm "determines a systemic mowing route," and it doesn't require traversing previously cut areas.

The Navimo has offset blades that let it cut as close to the edges of the lawn as possible. Its Blade Halt technology can detect things like pets, toys or children in the grass and stop the mower's blade from spinning. While Segway says the Navimo "can withstand rain, heavy splashes, and high-pressure water jets," its rain sensor traces it back to its charging station if it detects it's starting to rain. Segway hasn't yet revealed when the Navimow will be available in the US.

The Navimo can handle lawn tilts of up to 45 degrees, and runs at a relatively quiet 54 dB. Segway has four models of Navimo starting with the H500E, which can be used on lawns of 500 square meters, or about 5400 square feet of area, and costs €1199, or about $1,425.

The Navimow H800, priced at €1499 (approximately $1,781), is designed for lawns up to 800 square meters (approximately 8,600 sq ft); The H1500E can tackle a lawn of 1,500 square meters (about 16,145 feet) and costs €1999 ($2,375); And the H3000E can mow lawns up to 3000 square meters (about 33,000 square feet) with a price tag of €2499 (or $2,969).

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