Last 10 years ago, people about rumors of creating an iRobot, makers of the Roomba — a robot that cleans the house using both drone and vacuum technology, were working on developing a lawn mower. I think that future is close now. The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has approved to iRobot to build a hands-free lawn mowing-bot, according to Reuters.
Despite few details revealed, it appears that the algorithm follow here is to create a device that operates wirelessly on the ground and have a sense to map out here to cut and not. That concept needs a waiver from the Commission, which was granted in spite to the objections from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. The observatory argued at the mower’s signal will affect the telescopes’ performance, but the FCC sided with iRobot, assuring that the work of astronomers will not be hampered or damaged by the machine.
Unfortunately, the automated lawn mower will not be available immediately for the wide consumer market. According to Reuters, iRobot says the waiver will let it “continue exploring the viability of wideband, alongside other technologies, as part of a long-term product exploration effort in the lawn mowing category.” The work is still on progress.
When scientists says, “they will develop it”, that invokes a promising sound. I can imagine now a future where people don’t have to do manual labor in cleaning everything. That gives more space for individuals to explore their other skills and more time for family and friends bonding. Apart from all these “futuristic” aspiration, would automated wireless slaves be a good thing in our character development? If you watch the movie Wall-E, you will probably realize that over-reliance to technology can lead to laziness.
In fact, a technology expected to work but does not work is more annoying that the struggle of low means of material culture. I hope this is one step closer to a better future.
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