RE: [mowbot] Cordless lawn mower modification.

Paul Jurczak (pauljurczak nospam at
Fri, 8 May 1998 22:02:36 -0700 (PDT)

---Rick <rick nospam at> wrote:
> Did you think about just measuring distance to objects. Seems to me
I have
> seen some consumer level digital readout tape measures. Seems that
> be cheaper and less data to work with than full video. Might be
> where there would be enough data to find the mowbots location, but
> should be some knowledge of where the mowbot has come from. Just a
> thought.

I'm working on general purpose solutions. I agree that in some cases
ultrasounds or laser beams may be simpler than full blown vision, but
in most cases vision is clearly superior if not the only applicable
solution. In case of fully functional mowbot, surface detection
sensors are not sufficient. Imagine someone leaving a blanket or piece
of clothing laying flat on the grass. It would not change surface map
of environment and mowbot would mow right through it.


Paul Jurczak
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