Lawn mowing has come a long way since the first lawn mowers in 1830, which were comprised of a cumbersome roller with a cutting cylinder at the front. Still, using it was a huge leap. Until then, people relied on scissors (great way to spend a Saturday) and animals (bit messy) to keep their lawns trimmed.
Over the years, lawn mowers were gradually improved, by adding power (originally in the form of gas) and then onto petrol and electric. But the growth in technology was steady, until now.
In the last 20 years there has been a huge leap in garden machinery technology, largely a result of changes in the average lifestyle. In the late 1990’s, when working hours were at an all-time high and consumer culture was placing far more importance than ever before on ownership of “stuff”, industry boffins began to realise that household chores were getting pushed further and further down the list of priorities. Weekend gardening for example, was often replaced by trips to out of town supermarkets or shopping malls, as people flooded in their droves in a quest for more and more stuff. As a result, research and development into household robotics saw a massive increase, and the future was truly born. Following on from the success and development of robotics we saw inside the home, robotic lawn mowers became more useable, affordable and practical than ever before.
But it’s only in the last ten years or so that development has led to the ironing out of some of the problems of the earlier models. This, coupled with even more investment into research of battery power, in response to environmental concerns of the use of petrol, means that the robotic mowers of today are a practical and economical way to give consumers more time and therefore, more freedom.
Our lives are only getting more complicated and will continue to do so as time goes on. Sometimes it feels like we never get a moment to ourselves, there is always something or someone demanding our attention. Your robotic lawn mower does not demand anything from you at all. In fact, add a robotic lawn mower to your household and you can rest assured that one job has been permanently deleted from your to-do list.