Fans of the automatic Roomba vacuum cleaner will love the new Honda Miimo robotic lawn mower. The Honda Miimo lawn mower functions just like the Roomba, but instead of keeping your carpet and floors clean, the Miimo ensures that your lawn is always beautifully cut. Once it’s set up, the Miimo requires very little input from you, and best of all, it’s self-charging. The device constantly monitors the levels of its own lithium-ion battery and automatically returns to its docking station when it needs to recharge.

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Here’s how it works: The Honda Miimo cuts little and often, typically mowing just 2-3mm of grass at a time, several times each week. It cuts in a random pattern, which puts less stress on the grass and produces healthy growth and reduced moss and weeds. Unlike a traditional lawn mower it doesn’t need to collect cuttings, as the clippings it creates are so small that they are dispersed into the lawn root system, breaking down quickly to act as a natural fertilizer which improves the health and quality of the grass.

The Honda Miimo knows exactly where to cut through an intelligent combination of controls, timers and real-time sensory feedback. It works within a boundary wire, installed under the ground or in the grass around the perimeter of the garden. Honda Miimo detects the electronic signal in the wire and stays within it, ensuring high levels of safety and accuracy.

Honda is going to release two versions of the Miimo, 300 and 500, offering a maximum perimeter cut of 300m and 500m respectively. Honda Miimo 500 will mow up to a total lawn size of 3,000 square meters or three-quarters of an acre. Honda hasn’t announced plans to introduce it the Miimo in the U.S. yet, but with the increasing demand from green-conscious homeowners, we may not have to wait too long.

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