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Robot Gardeners Coming to Europe

• Karissa Bell via

Roomba fans will soon be able to take their laziness passion to the yard. Honda has announced a robotic lawnmower, called Miimo, that, like everyone’s favorite automated vacuum cleaner, moves in random patterns until it’s covered the prescribed area. Only instead of chasing dust bunnies in a house, Miimo takes about 3 millimeters off the top of owners’ lawns.

Miimo has sensors to help it avoid obstacles, and users prevent it from leaving the yard by burying wires along the borders. Honda says lift sensors shut down the spinning blades the moment anything causes Miimo to come off the ground. When it runs low, the mower returns to its base station to recharge.

Miimo, which will be available only in Europe when it comes out in early 2013 (no word on U.S. plans), will be offered in two different models, the 300 and the 500. The larger of the two can handle yards up to 3/4 of an acre in size, according to Honda. Prices will be 2,100 and 2,500 euros (about $2,600 and $3,000), respectively.

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