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Thursday, May 31, 2007

The machine war begins with lawnmowers?

Not exactly terminator material, but it seems that a robotic lawnmower in Denmark has killed its operator. The lawnmower is a commercial lawnmower meant to replace the large riding lawnmowers used by lawn care professionals. I can't say I've ever heard of it before, but it looks pretty cool. The lawnmower is controlled by a remote, much like the radio controlled race cars you can buy in most toy stores.
In this case, it seems that the mower fell down a hill onto it's operator. Killing the operator instantly with a blow to the head from a blade. No word yet on whether the mower was charged with a crime or not. Lets just hope that this isn't the beginning of a robot revolt. LOL

All jokes aside, The guy did die. Not exactly a nice or funny thing. My question is why was the guy sitting directly under the mower on the hill? Seems like if the hill was that steep, then he should have been farther off to the side.

Check out the story at Ekstra Bladet Man from Ballerup killed by a lawn mower Sorry for the auto translation, but I couldn't find an English news story.
Via Engadget: Robot lawnmower kills Danish man

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  • First off this is not a robotic lawn mower, it is a remote controlled lawn mower. If you consider the RC cars and planes robots then you could define this thing as a robot, but it is remote controlled. There are such things as real robotic lawn mowers made by Friendly Robotics (Robomower) and Zucchetti (Lawnbott/Ambrogio). Robotic Lawn Mowers have caused 0 hospital visits in America so far. They are far more safer than this remote controlled Lawn Mower since they do not even require human presence to run. You simply set it to come out of the charging base at late night/early morning when no one is awake and it will come out to cut and you will wake up to a freshly cut grass, and no one will know why unless they ask. For more reviews check out http://www.bamabots.com

    By Anonymous Preston, at July 09, 2007 3:46 PM  

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