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#1 IamSherwood OFFLINE  

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Posted September 28, 2012 - 07:37 PM

I was just flipping through the "mower" ads on Kijiji, and on one page I spotted these 3
ads.

http://ontario.kijij...QAdIdZ417846100

http://ontario.kijij...QAdIdZ417842862

http://ontario.kijij...QAdIdZ417841956

Is this the start of the end for us Lawn tractor/Garden tractor guys?
Will this be a novelty purchase this christmas?
Are we going to need OBD units to fix these little guys?
Will they come out with models that sort of resemble the real GTs, or will we
just be forgotten, and left by the wayside?
Will these robots eventually join GTT, and start threads that say, "0100111000100100010"?

Just food for thought. :huh:
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Posted September 28, 2012 - 08:43 PM

I'll pass. Be about as interesting as watching hair grow.

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Posted September 28, 2012 - 08:47 PM

The robots can have the lawn, I rather be plowing any day lol.

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Posted September 28, 2012 - 08:57 PM

How well will they do in a garden tractor pulling competition?

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Posted September 28, 2012 - 10:19 PM

I don't think those little guys will be replacing us anytime soon. :confuse: I bet if I went after one of those critters with my 72" groundsmaster, it would high tail it for its charging station while leaving a little trail of oil behind it. :bigrofl: Moder technology is getting crazy!

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Posted September 29, 2012 - 04:20 AM

Green painted concrete will be the better way, instead of robots :laughingteeth:

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Posted September 29, 2012 - 06:29 AM

It would have been instructive to see a video of them in action. I'm sceptical that they could handle a typical rough lawn with bumps, tree roots and other irregularities. I'm sure it would work fine on a perfect lawn that has been regularly mowed and is not very long. Try putting one of those through 5" tall grass that is damp and see how long it is before it runs for the charging station.
I'm waiting for the headline "Robot Lawnmower Runs Amok" where one of these has a sensor malfunction and starts chasing the owners or mowing the driveway etc.

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Posted September 29, 2012 - 06:37 AM

Will these robots eventually join GTT, and start threads that say, "0100111000100100010"?


:bigrofl:
Oh, Will.
:laughingteeth:

And why would they be saying "N$" ? (found a binary to text online converter)

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Posted September 29, 2012 - 06:42 AM

The golf course industry has been working to develop a robotic greens mower for several years, this you tube video shows the first production mower:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CwFwUBhwOw

Here is an article from the UK on how the robotics mowers work:
http://www.robotlawn...w-it-works.html

Another robotic mower:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=91uADay9NUg

The Toro Imow home lawn mower, much cheaper machine:
http://www.northwest...mower/30050.htm

Good thing is no matter what the industry comes up with to cut labor costs they will always need the equipment technician.

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Posted September 29, 2012 - 06:48 AM

I think they'd be more apt to say

00111010 01110100 01110010 01100001 01100011 01110100 01101111 01110010 01011111 01110010 01101111 01100011 01101011 01110011 00111010 00100000 01001001 00100000 01100001 01101101 00100000 01101010 01100101 01100001 01101100 01101111 01110101 01110011 00100000 01100001 01101110 01100100 00100000 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 00100000 01101001 01101110 01100110 01100101 01110010 01101001 01101111 01110010 00101110


(translated: :tractor_rocks: I am jealous and feel inferior)

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Posted September 29, 2012 - 01:06 PM

The robots can have the lawn, I rather be plowing any day lol.

That is what I was thinking....While the robot mows, I can play....errr, uuuhh, I mean work with my GT's!
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Posted September 29, 2012 - 02:09 PM

The company I work for has a relationship with a company who is developing robots that will space or "jam" nursery plants.. These are based off the original robot mowers and vacuum cleaners.....the ones I saw are more robust and have wheels that can take rougher ground. In our case the terraces are covered in fabric........labor cost etc will continue to go higher......in a fantasy world we could turn the robots on when we left to go home each evening and when we returned the next morning the plants would be spaced or jammed based on our needs......of course.....leaving several upteen thousand dollar robots to work at night without some one to make sure they are not stolen might be a little risky. :laughingteeth: Will be in interesting to see where it all ends up....

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Posted September 29, 2012 - 04:54 PM

Talking about robots and farm equipment reminds me.
My cousin's dairy operation has fully automated/robotic milkers:
- cows milk on their own schedule - 3 or more times per day
- the udder is scanned and the milker is put on by a robot
- milk flow, quantity and estimated butter fat are measured in real time




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