Re: [mowbot] Goals

Monta Elkins (Monta nospam at
Tue, 24 Sep 1996 11:33:30 -0400

robin nospam at wrote:

> I would say that your list was mostly tasks, and that it is still too
> early to think about that.

My list was Tasks aimed at producing subsystems; and it is a little

> * autonomous (person doesn't have to direct it)

training, identifying 'no mow' areas like gardens and flower beds,
is a possibility (probability)

> * self-maintaining (empties/sharpens/recharges itself)

I think self-maintained for a single mowing cycle would be
sufficient. Blade sharpening could easily be considered
routine (human) maintenance.

> * no need to explicitly define boundaries

hmmmm. great goal; not sure it's easily attainable. :(

> * support for cutting of multiple areas without re-programming
> * safe (to people, pets, plants and property)
> * reliable (avoids damage to itself)
> * can be built by hobbyist from off-the-shelf parts in a few days

few weeks?

> * quiet and inoffensive to neighbours
> * environmentaly safe

huhh? I mean it's designed to kill the little grassies who
have done nothing to no one. Destruction of the environment
is its goal.

> * must cut 4000m^2 (~1 acre) in 260000s (~3 days)

I'd say this is a little much.
Yard size is open to debate (though I think a little smaller)
But I think mowing it once a week is sufficient (7 days)

> * looks cute and has a winning personality. ;-)


> but we should aim to have this nailed down in the next
> week or two so we can move on.

I think 2 weeks is a great time frame.

-Monta "who hates all talk and no action" Elkins

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