If you’re a homeowner and the bane of your existence happens to be cutting grass, Honda Power Equipment’s robotic lawnmower named Miimo is the answer. With two available models (HRM 310 and HRM 520) and five programmable cutting modes, Honda wants to you leave the grass cutting responsibilities to its autonomous lawnmower. Miimo arrives at authorized Honda Power Equipment dealers this summer and since it’s a self-charging robot, all you need to do is select the appropriate cutting program and continue on with your life.
Honda’s first robotic lawnmower has a built-in programmable timer and cuts within a preset boundary wire. When you purchase Miimo this summer at Honda, they’ll head out to your house and install the boundary wire either above ground or below it – whichever you prefer. This keeps Miimo within a specified cutting area while avoiding backyard obstacles like fences, shrubs, trees, ponds, etc.
Equipped with an arsenal of highly intuitive sensors, controls, and timers, Miimo can seamlessly detect the boundary wire’s electric field. If there was any concern around maneuverability or cutting accuracy, rest assured – Miimo is armed with a quick turning mechanism and state-of-the-art obstacle avoidance technology. Whether you want to time cuts alongside your grasses seasonal growth rates or program a combination of day/night cuts, Miimo owners get to choose from five different cutting modes:
Random is the most effective for mowing large, open areas of grass. When Miimo detects the boundary wire, Miimo will make a turn at a wide angle.
Directional is the recommended setting for narrow areas. When Miimo detects the boundary wire, it will turn at a narrow-angle.
Mixed is a combination of the Random and Directional pattern. Miimo alternates between Random and Directional mowing patterns at regular intervals.
Spiral enables Miimo to concentrate on mowing areas where the growth of the grass is different from the rest of the lawn.
Edge sends Miimo to mow along the edge of the boundary wire first, before moving to the rest of the lawn.
If you’re someone who has decided to transition to the smart home lifestyle for the time and convenience factor, purchasing Honda’s robotic lawnmower is the right choice. Both the HRM 310 and the HRM 520 models feature 360-degree sensors and a floating cover that detect obstacles. If activated, the sensor upon detecting the family cat in front of its path, tells the motor to stop – turn – and move in a different direction. If the anti-theft sensor is activated, the mower is immediately turned off once Miimo is lifted from the ground, sounding an ear-piercing alarm, followed by disengaging its operations completely. Simply restart Miimo by entering your unique anti-theft PIN code.
So what separates a robotic lawnmower from the traditional mover? For one, Miimo cuts less grass each time but cuts the lawn more frequently. In addition, robotic lawn mowers keep the cutting routing consistent which translates into a healthier lawn. Miimo, in particular, yields miniature clippings and disperses them even into the lawn’s root system – a natural fertilizing system. Finally, Miimo is self-charging and if it falls below 30% battery life, knows to return to its docking stage to replenish voltage.
Engineered to tackle all types of lawns (even one’s on a 25-degree slope), the Miimo HRM 310 is capable of cutting a half acre and can mow up to 30 minutes on a single charge. The more advanced HRM 520 model can wrap up 0.75 acres of lawn mowing working up to 60 minutes straight on a single charge.