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Internet-enabled Robot to Mow Lawns

CmdrTaco posted more than 12 years ago | from the hey-i'm-lazy-too dept.

Technology 194

prostoalex writes "Researchers at Massey University in New Zealand built a lawnmower operated via the Internet. The device currently needs physical boundaries of the lawn, but later this year it will be able to navigate. Here's the page of Glenn Bright, the researcher quoted in the article, unfortunately, the links to the research group and list of projects appear to be broken."

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Finally! (0, Redundant)

Dr. Bent (533421) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085662)

The MOWBOT!

Re:Finally! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085869)

Really man, this post is on here way too many times for this negro.

Cool (1)

Daimaou (97573) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085664)

Now I have even more reason to sit in front of my computer.

Re:Cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085889)

But will it mow my kid?

This is NEWS? +1; Educational (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085903)


Why is this NEWS? Why not report: Radio-controlled
lawn mower?

Try something NEWSworthy !

Re:This is NEWS? +1; Educational (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085986)

Anything that will make life like the Jetsons is news. I can't wait till I am walking out the door of my house and say "computer clean the floor", and have a small door open up for a little wheeled mouse thing to come out, vacume the floor, and go back inside.

Didn't they try this in the movie version ... (1)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085667)

of The Lawnmower Man [imdb.com] ?

Can you cut your lawn (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085673)

21 percent faster with Opera?

Great idea! (1)

Mad Quacker (3327) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085674)

Until somebody cracks your computer and goes on a rampage mowing down little children..

Re: Great idea! (1)

Antity (214405) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085716)

The Bastard Lawn Mowers From Hell?

Re:Great idea! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085982)

If it mows down children it's even greater.. *hrhr*

Would be nice to hack one of these.. (5, Funny)

Antity (214405) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085676)

Just imagine:

  • Go west
  • Go west
  • Go north
  • Mow monster
  • Go north
  • Examine roses
  • Mow roses
  • Go east
  • Look innocent.

Re:Would be nice to hack one of these.. (1)

Loligo (12021) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085909)


Are you mowing the yard or playing Zork?

-l

Re: Would be nice to hack one of these.. (1)

Antity (214405) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085954)

Are you mowing the yard or playing Zork?

This is an IP capable mower, after all. :-)

Re: Would be nice to hack one of these.. (2)

Loligo (12021) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085973)

>>Are you mowing the yard or playing Zork?

>This is an IP capable mower, after all. :-)

Ooh. So it's a MUD. Gotcha.

-l

Re:Would be nice to hack one of these.. (2, Funny)

Dark Lord Seth (584963) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085984)

Sounds like a MUD. Imagine someone accidently logging on to it and thinking it's a MUD...

Go east.
Go south.
Go west.
Kill dog.
Skin corpse.

Why in New Zealand? (4, Funny)

GuyMannDude (574364) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085677)

Why do they need an autonomous grass-cutting machine in NZ? Can't you just tie a sheep to a pole in the center of your yard and have him eat the grass for you?

GMD

Re:Why in New Zealand? (3, Interesting)

Stonehand (71085) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085713)

Perhaps they're busy being sheared by another robot [uwa.edu.au] ?

Re:Why in New Zealand? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085929)

By the time you pay thousands of dollars for that thing an strap the sheep in it, you might as well just break down and use clippers. But then again, maybe I will some day own something like this to cut my hair instead of always using the flobee.

Re:Why in New Zealand? (1)

sys$manager (25156) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085747)

Only if you have a circular lawn. You could use two poles if your lawn was elliptical.

Re:Why in New Zealand? (1)

Dephex Twin (416238) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085884)

Not if the circle was big enough that the lawn would be inscribed within the circle. But you'd need fences or else it'll eat other lawns.

Couldn't Xena ... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085749)

just use her shakra to cut the lawn?

Why don't Kiwis use the resources they have?

Re:Why in New Zealand? (4, Funny)

rediguana (104664) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085917)

Can't you just tie a sheep to a pole in the center of your yard and have him eat the grass for you?

Cause sheep have a habit of shitting on the lawn :) Oh, and tied to a pole, your sheep would be easy pickings for any passing Australian, especially that Crocodile Hunter bloke...

Re:Why in New Zealand? (4, Funny)

Loligo (12021) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085951)

>Oh, and tied to a pole, your sheep would be easy
>pickings for any passing Australian, especially
>that Crocodile Hunter bloke...

"Crikey! Now he's REALLY pissed off! I won't be using my thumb this time, though..."

Powered by MS? (3, Funny)

usurper_ii (306966) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085679)

I can't wait to see the virus that makes it mow down all the people in my address book!

Re:Powered by MS? (1)

Guido69 (513067) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085943)

Yes, but it will then be able to dial 911 for the victims. It really was a feature, just implemented in the wrong device.

Operated via the internet? (1, Insightful)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085681)

Via the internet?!?

Is that a good idea?

One script kiddie, and you could lose a few toes!

The last thing a true geek needs... (3, Funny)

BgJonson79 (129962) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085686)

is a machine to mow the lawn. For the love of God... it's the only exercise I get!

Join the opposition (3, Funny)

Subcarrier (262294) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085764)

I hear there's a strong grass roots movement against it.

Re:Join the opposition (1)

Anonymous Cow herd (2036) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085865)

Ouch... (-1, Awful Pun) or maybe (+1, Awful Pun) Decisions, decisions.

first post? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085687)

first post? would be cool

Microsoft Announces XP based Lawn Control Services (1, Funny)

freerangegeek (451133) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085689)

Where do you want to mow today?

snore (-1, Offtopic)

evil-empir3 (590188) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085690)

I like eggs.

We Kiwis don't need lawn mowers.... (2)

kinko (82040) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085694)

... what do you think we have all those sheep for?

(You Aussies are not allowed to answer this question!).

Re:We Kiwis don't need lawn mowers.... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085802)

And over there, by that very tree, I first discovered the joys of physical lovemaking... and her mother stood watching over there by that bush

What? You say she was watching? What did she say about you and her daughter?

Ba-a-a-a-a-a

Real Racers (2)

jukal (523582) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085699)

Why don't you have a look at my Real Racer's [cyberian.org] insanity as well. Remore (as in REMOTE) controlled cars. Here's an introduction.

Do you think we have reached the climax of reality in gaming? Well, you were wrong so read on. This article contains cooking intructions for games that mix physical reality, virtual world and interaction using techniques and devices available of-the-shelf.

Re:Real Racers (-1)

YourMissionForToday (556292) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085873)

I don't like to be told what to do. I will not look at your "real racer." Instead, I will mix physical reality, virtual world, and interaction by taking powerful hallucinogens. This is far superior to your half-baked programming performance art, take my word for it.

Re:Real Racers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085980)

"Do you think we have reached the climax of reality in gaming? Well, you were wrong"

God I'm such an idiot, here I was thinking that big chunky pixels and simulated surround midi were the absolute summit of game reality. I mean what could be more realistic than Doom or Tie Fighter right?

Sad (-1, Troll)

electricmonk (169355) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085701)

My God, is this just another excuse for pasty internet-saavy Linux hackers to not leave their basements? Even though I'm a top programmer at a Fortune 500 company and write open source software in my spare time, I cherish mowing my lawn as an excuse to be outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Physical activity is a wonderful thing.

All this is going to do is contribute to the growing problem of obesity in America. Perhaps the inventor's time would be better spent on less destructive activities? You know, there are a lot of starving children in Africa who would be benefited by much less effort than what went into this device that will lead to many premature deaths through sloth and gluttony.

Can't anybody even remotely associated with Linux these days just be allowed to enjoy the beautiful outdoors? Even Theo DeRaadt can be bothered to go mountain biking every once in a while.

Re:Sad (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085763)

Go fuck yourself, your fortune 500 company and your free time. FYI you don't need an excuse to go outside, just one the door...

Re:Sad (2)

geekoid (135745) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085784)

so your saying people withpout legs are lazy for not getting out and pushing there lawn mower themselves?
how about greens keepers?
instead of looking for a reason to complain, perhaps you should try to put some thought into the why question first.
I know people who are very physical, but they hate mowing there lawn.

Re:Sad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085809)

Pardon me, sir, but perhaps you would be able to express yourself more clearly by reading this [epinions.com] first.

Re:Sad (1)

boomer_rehfield (579777) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085805)

You sound like your trying to convince yourself....

Re:Sad (2)

Subcarrier (262294) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085811)

Look, all you need is a wheel barrow, 50 pounds of ballast, some optics, a couple of Bluetooth modules or wireless LAN cards, a few other odds and ends, and you can hack together a bloody big mouse that you can push around your basement. Much cooler, geekier, and totally free of insectoid interference.

Re:Sad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085824)

Even though I'm a top programmer at a Fortune 500 company and write open source software in my spare time, I cherish mowing my lawn as an excuse to be outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

Hmmm, other than making you sound like a pretentious dick - exactly what purpose was served by the first half of that sentence?

Re:Sad (4, Funny)

Anonymous Cow herd (2036) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085841)

You know, there are a lot of starving children in Africa who would be benefited by much less effort than what went into this device that will lead to many premature deaths through sloth and gluttony.

What an excellent idea! I'll replace my robotic internet-enabled lawnmower with starving kids from Africa! Any lawn clippings they don't eat, they can send home to their families.

Good Troll! (2)

El Camino SS (264212) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085858)


I particularly liked the Fortune 500 part.

Insulting Linux, of course, is standard.

MOD PARENT DOWN! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085874)

calling posts "trolls" instead of providing a logical rebuttal is FUD, pure and simple.

hah! (1)

Breakfast Pants (323698) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085899)

nice troll though

Re:Sad (1)

decipher_saint (72686) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085875)

"Even though I'm a top programmer at a Fortune 500 company and write open source software in my spare time, I cherish mowing my lawn as an excuse to be outside and enjoy the great outdoors."

How many hours are in your day man? I only get 24...

Re:Sad (1)

ciaohound (118419) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085887)

You assume most people use push mowers. I see plenty who use riding mowers, getting no cardio benefits and breathing in vast amounts of carbon monoxide from the exhaust. How can you ride your mountain bike if your free time is spent mowing the lawn?

The "Sad" Dilemma (2)

lildogie (54998) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085914)

Pasty basement Linux hackers?

"I'm a top programmer at a Fortune 500 Company and write open source software in my spare time...I cherish mowing my lawn"

"Growing Problem of Obesity in America"

"Starving Children in Africa"

"Even Theo DeRaadt..."

*** The real dilemma ***: should this me modded up as "Funny" or modded down as "Troll"???

Re: Sad (1)

smcn (87571) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085915)

You know, there are a lot of starving children in Africa who would be benefited by much less effort than what went into this device that will lead to many premature deaths through sloth and gluttony.

THIN THE HERD. There's already global overpopulation, why are we trying to save these kids?

this is also old... (2)

edrugtrader (442064) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085704)

so old in fact there there are commercial products available already that DO navigate on their own.

and other than the slashdot 'contect everything to the internet' mentality, WHY do i need my lawnmower hooked up to the internet?

if you say something like 'to get blade spin data and average grass length' or something idiotic like that, well you could just USB enable it, and download the data when you were finished. a 'mowbot' should not be required to be controlled.

another stupid /. story...

Re:this is also old... (2)

geekoid (135745) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085760)

because you can't walm and can't afford someone else to do it.
because you are out of town for a month.
because you ahve mower on each green and you don't want to pay people to mow them
because you want to be able to over-ride a lawn-mower that navigate on there own.

Re:this is also old... (3, Insightful)

edrugtrader (442064) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085840)

sorry to do this and seem arguementative:
2 of your reasons are based on money... if you can afford a mowbot, you can afford *$5* to some neighborhood kid that will use his own lawnmower and gas... (wear and tear on your mowbot would probably be equal, plus you would have to put the money up front just to HAVE it!)

so money as a reason: NO.

next: navigation.
if you want to control your lawmower, PUSH IT. if you want a radio control lawnmower, those are available. the reason to have this mowbot is unattended mowing.

so navigation as a reason: NO.

now the vacation one is interesting... yes you are gone for a month, and being able to go to mymower.com and send it out would be nice. downside: you would have to leave it out in your yard with a power source (battery) that will probably die by month end. also because after you say "MOW MY LAWN" it has to be outside or able to get outside to mow it and go around your yard. what i'm getting at: someone is going to steal your lawnmower. solution: GPS TRACKING! now we have a $2,000 lawnmower that is going to get stole, that needs to be manually overridden to work right, just so we can save $5 and help a hard working kid make a few bucks.

friend, you are a moron.

Re:this is also old... (2)

Restil (31903) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085836)

From what I recall, the internet capabilities reside mostly on the ability to start and stop the mower, at which point it's a random wander around and mow everything within set boundaries. Even if it were scriptkiddied, the most you could do is turn it on at unscheduled time, unless more precise control was available. Other than the internet based option, lawn mowers that do exactly this are available as consumer products.

As for the mentality that all toasters should be online, it seems silly, and I can agree to some point, even though my website is devoted to this very activity. The internet is simply an additional medium through which you can control your appliances. And while 99.99% of the time, you're going to turn your oven on and off while standing in front of it, there could be times you wish you could turn it off while you were away. Forget to close your garage? Forget to set the VCR to record something? Front door locked? Want to give the AC a 15 minute head start? None of these features are REQUIRED, but they add benefits to our lives, sometimes in unexpected ways. To deny the possible because it serves no immediate useful purpose, will fail to inspire someone else to take some halfbaked idea and turn it into the next remarkable invention that we can't live without.

You don't need YOUR lawn mower on the internet. And right now, neither does anyone else. But there will always be those that will find it beneficial, and someday you may directly or indirectly reap the benefits as well.

-Restil

DOS (1)

nairnr (314138) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085705)

Chalk up another excuse not to mow the lawn. It is currently being DOS'ed...

something similar (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085707)

They've had an autonomous although not terrbily efficient one for sale at the local McGuckins here for a few years.

What the fuck? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085710)

A robot to mow the lawn? How lazy can you fucking get, no wonder everybody in the US are fat bastards! Now disconnect from the internet, type in su -c "halt", buy a manual mower and mow it properly.

Imagine that... (5, Funny)

ryanvm (247662) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085732)

unfortunately, the links to the research group and list of projects appear to be broken.

Yeah, apparently something cut the fiber line to their ISP.

New Zealand University develops Slashdot defense (2)

digital_freedom (453387) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085733)

Researchers at Massey University in New Zealand unveiled a new defense against Denial of Service (DoS) attacks. Popuar tech website, Slashdot [slashdot.org] is a well known attacker to many small sites. The defense employs a technique known as broken links to prevent such attacks. The groups plans to patent the technique and license the technology to several security firms.

LawnSpam (2, Funny)

kmahan (80459) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085740)

Next thing spammers will be sending spam to the Mowbot -- which will reciprocate by mowing the spam message into the lawn. The neighbors will be all over my case for the 6' (obnonus: 2m) letters spelling out porn sites and make money fast scams.

Robot Lawn Mowers (2)

Star Stealing Girl (586833) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085746)

This really isn't a new thing - the sharper image [sharperimage.com] has been selling robot lawn mowers for a few years now. Just say the words "robot" and "internet" in the same sentence, and suddenly it becomes a slashdot article. . .

Well, if the editors were impressed with THAT ... (2, Interesting)

Hayzeus (596826) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085754)

...surely they'd be even more impressed with this [swampgas.com] . I mean, geez -- is the mowbot thing really news?

Great! (1)

Duck_Taffy (551144) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085755)

Now if only I could get an internet operated kitchen sink so that it could wash my dishes while I was away :)

Or perhaps internet-operated borg assassins with built-in wi-fi :D

What about SSL? (1)

Antity (214405) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085756)

It is operated through a web page, according to the article. But what about encryption? Do you want somebody to sniff your password and let your lawn mower go berzerk?

Try to explain this to a lawyer...

The next step is an automatic vacuum cleaner, Bright said.

Sure. I'm looking forward for the pr0n spam mails for this device...

I'm going to pass on the mower (4, Funny)

Target Drone (546651) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085766)

From the article: The mower was developed in collaboration with lawnmower and chainsaw company Husqvarna

I'm going to wait for the remotely operated chainsaw.

Re:I'm going to pass on the mower (1)

Fear the Clam (230933) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085862)

I'm going to wait for the remotely operated chainsaw.

Combine that with the flying robot and we'll be unstoppable.

Re:I'm going to pass on the mower (1)

spencerogden (49254) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085959)

No no no no. Combined with This! [plustech.fi]

Been around a long time. (2, Informative)

Caine (784) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085767)

Hmm, the family which we traditionally celebrate midsummer eve with have had one of these for ages (at least 5 years). As far as I know it wasn't internet connected though, but could navigate their yard without problems, cutting the grass suitably as it went (and they have a big yard with lots of trees). They do live near Huskvarna, Småland in Sweden though (where the mower in the article was manufactured) so it's possible it was some kind of prototype they've gotten their hands on.

been ther done that. (2)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085768)

robot lawnmowers have been around for at LEAST 20 years. I made one back in the 80's from a series in Byte magazine using a KIM-1 as the brain.

or a simple search on google gives hundreds of ready to buy models... Like this one here

Re:been ther done that. (2)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085789)

http://www.friendlymachines.com/ is the link that was supposed to be in that post....

Gotta love how slashcode will butcher things... although I guess I shoulda pressed preview

I can see the headline (1)

rbgaynor (537968) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085783)

Internet-enabled Robot to Mow Lawns - becomes addicted to pr0n instead, grass now 3 feet high.

Re: I can see the headline (1)

Antity (214405) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085876)

Internet-enabled Robot to Mow Lawns - becomes addicted to pr0n instead, grass now 3 feet high.

Did you say "Futurama"? :-)

Re:I can see the headline (1)

questionlp (58365) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085894)

So that's why it's beating around the bush and there were grass stains on the bamboo shoots. Also, why do I have this $100 bill for some oil/lube?

one small step for robot (0)

GreenCow (201973) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085812)

oo imagining the possibilities! low cost lawnmowing service (putting high school entrepeneurs out of business) by cutting out the man, order the service over the internet, the mower drives itself from it's rechargable home stopping at each house that is signed up (and leaving flyers at the others=[) and mowing their lawns (oh did i leave those important financial documents on the lawn?? well sue the mowers!!) and that's just lawn mowing, they could eventually have automated pizza delivery robots, maids, nannies, and finally! sexbots! of course i've seen AI=)
er- moo

Obstacles? (1)

Kakarat (595386) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085815)

I wonder if it will take in consideration to all the obstacles of a common yard...garden hoses, the kid's bikes, dog crap, a battlemech treehouse [slashdot.org] ...

what happens if the darn thing segfaults? (1)

fudgefactor7 (581449) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085822)

Then it's your prized orchids that are cut and not the grass?

Great thing. (2)

El Camino SS (264212) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085829)

So when you order the mower to get her lawn ornaments that you have hated for so long, you can throw your hands up and say "well, I loved that little windmill too, but honey, ITS THESE DARN HACKERS."

Geeks... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085830)

Geeks don't have yards.

That they know of anyway.

It won't work (1)

websaber (578887) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085835)

All these ideas are never usable because of power concerns. The science has been there for years but who is going to want a mower that can only mow for 30 minutes before a recharge? How about after two years when the battery is down to 10 minutes? All of these technologies will only become worth while when fuel cells take off. Mow the lawn take, take a drink of hydrogen, chase some children down the street due to "erroneous user commands"

I can see this from here (2)

stere0 (526823) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085849)

% date
Sun Aug 18 09:46:36 CEST 2002
% ping -f -s 65000 lawnmower.in.neighbor.net
............^C

Wow!

Mow-bot... TRANSFORM!! (2)

Mulletproof (513805) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085851)

Besides the coolness of an autonomous lawnbot, BOY, WHEN CAN WE INSTALL LINUX ON ONE OF THESE?! Yeah, it's a troll and I'm lovin' every minute of it :)

all your grass... (1)

tandr (108948) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085854)

Am I the only one who cannot wait till some 12-old c8l h4x0r will make all neighbornhoods lawn mowers to cut HIS grass 5 times a week ?

EXTRA: Crazed Robot Lawnmower Kills Lawn Gnomes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085866)

This just in...

theft (2)

Casca (4032) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085877)

I wonder what security devices they will use on the things. It would kind of suck to have someone stop by and toss your $3000 dollar lawn mower in their trunk, and drive off, while you watch helplessly from the Internet.

The perfect method of control! (1)

TrollsamaBinLaden (599568) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085888)

I am just waiting for MowZilla! Just don't run beta releases around small children.

Re:The perfect method of control! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085936)

Here is your subpeona, sir.

Re:The perfect method of control! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085953)

But that big mechanical lizard logo doesnt look like .... well damn it does.

Insert Obligatory 'Lawnmower Man' Reference Here (3, Funny)

guttentag (313541) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085890)

August 16, 2003 - Internet-Enabled Lawnmower Man becomes self aware

August 17, 2003 - has sex with unsuspecting client. Dissatisfaction with the incident leads to the creation of a companion: Internet-Enabled Chainsaw Woman

August 18, 2003 - The Ambiguously-Lawnmowing-Chainsawing Duo begin a massive telemarketing scheme to take over the world

Re:Insert Obligatory 'Lawnmower Man' Reference Her (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085969)

That movie sucked ass. The only line worth remembering from it was Pierce Brosnan's: "He was the best chimp I had."

Awsome cross marketing potential (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085891)

Just think, you could have it mow real-time stock quotes into your lawn so you could be up to date as you rush out the front door to work!

www.automower.com (5, Informative)

QuantumRiff (120817) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085892)

This [automower.com] is the sight for the lawnmower, however, it does not mention connections to the internet. Perhaps it is the base model that the university modified?

Karel the Robot (2)

Amazing Quantum Man (458715) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085907)

Couldn't they get Karel the Robot [mtsu.edu] to do this?

OK, he would have to do something with his beepers, and he is physically challenged (what with his inability to turn left), but still!

Obviously.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085938)

Obviously, our civilization has way too much time.

Mow the lawn? (1)

Eric_Cartman_South_P (594330) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085972)

Isn't "mowing the lawn" supposed to be a romantic thing? I know if i'm with the GF in the shower and instead of little scissors I bust out RobotBoxMower2002, I can put myself in /dev/null/ for the night.

Re:Mow the lawn? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085992)

You mow the lawn, then I will fertilize it.

lawn mowing foolery (1)

obotics (592176) | more than 12 years ago | (#4085974)

What if you accidentally run over the CAT5 with your mower!?

No worries, mate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#4085987)

Cats: the disposable pet.
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