Welcome. This is project blog for the Valify Robot lawnmower. A hobby project created by a great interest in technology. A robotic lawn mower is an autonomous robot used to cut lawn grass. A typical robotic lawn mower requires the user to set up a border wire around the lawn that defines the area to be mowed. The robot uses this wire to locate the boundary of the area to be trimmed and in some cases to locate a recharging dock.
Possibly the first commercial robotic lawn mower was the MowBot, introduced and patented in 1969 and already showing many features of today’s most popular products.
In 2012 the growth of robotic lawn mower sales was 15 times that of the traditional styles. With the emergence of smart phones some robotic mowers have integrated features within apps to adjust settings or scheduled mowing times and frequency, as well as manually control the mower with a digital joystick. Modern robotic lawn mowers can contain specialized sensors, allowing them to automatically mow around obstacles or even go to sleep when it starts to rain.
So this project was born in my mind when I bought my first house and invested in a Robomow RC312 for the garden. Running it for almost 2years I encountered lot of problems with the existing “brains” and basic functionality of the “robot”. So I started thinking of ways to improve this.
After a some research. It seemed that technology existed to build a really smart robot that could make its own decision and adapt itself to the garden. Looking up different solutions on how to solve this, I found the RTK technology was very interesting. But a bottle neck existed, the GPS signal needed to be quite strong to receive centimeter accuracy. Combining the RTK with Lidar sensors and Intel Realsense 3D camera and making this systems work in parallell could be the solutions for a very smart robot.
This project is not a budget project. The aim is to finding a new way how the future of robot lawnmowers could look like and function. The BOM will update as we go and will not be completed until the final robot prototype exist.