Robotic Lawn Mowers Roll into Eastern Iowa

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – This day and age, new technology is everywhere you look.

Now there's something new rolling out in Eastern Iowa. It's called the LawnBott..

"I had no idea what it was at first," said Neighbor Jeff Gibbons.

A little red, rolling machine is catching the attention of all the neighbors. It simply meanders through a yard on the Northeast side of Cedar Rapids.

"I thought it was the kids playing with some sort of toy," Gibbons said.

The machine is actually a robotic lawn mower, called the LawnBott.

"I'm going to hit start," said Trent Donels as he started up the LawnBott.

"It's a completely automated robot that randomly, throughout the day, goes out and mows your yard, every day, all day long. It's completely programmable. You can set settings on it," Donels added.

Donels just started selling the LawnBott a few months ago. He's the new authorized dealer of the robotic lawn mowers with his company, LawnBott of Eastern Iowa. He uses the machine in own his yard to demonstrate how it works.

"I don't mind coming home every day, especially after a long day and not having to mow the yard," Donels said.

Homeowners install a boundary wire around the property. The robot communicates with the wire, so it knows the entire area of the yard that it needs to mow. Then, it uses random patterns to keep the grass to a certain length.

But don't worry it won't mow you down.

"The bump sensor hits the object, it backs up, it does a little, quarter turn and then it starts to mow again," Donels explained.

When the battery gets low, the LawnBott will find its way back to the boundary wire and into the docking port where it will charge. After it finishes charging, it will start mowing again.

"I can see it catching on, especially for busy people. I mean, it only makes sense," Gibbons said.

It's a little, red machine that cuts people some slack in this busy world.

The robot also has a GPS in it. If it ever gets snatched, police can locate it. Donels said he's the first to sell the Lawnbott in Eastern Iowa, and said they cost anywhere from $2,200 to $5,000.
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