iRobot develops best-in-class technologies to deliver easy-to-use, effective, and intelligent products. iRobot changed the way people clean with the Roomba robot vacuum and Braava
family of mopping robots. Now iRobot is reinventing lawn care with the Terra robot mower.
With the Terra robot mower, iRobot is bringing its Imprint Smart Mapping technology to the lawn – and with its breakthrough standalone beacon technology, Terra can be easily installed without boundary wires or digging.
The iRobot HOME App allows users to schedule and customize mowing preferences. Using iRobot's Imprint Smart Mapping technology, Terra knows where it is and where it's going, enabling it to cut efficiently using systematic, straight line navigation.
With the Terra robot mower, iRobot is building upon its ecosystem of connected robots and technologies that allow a home to maintain itself—inside and outside.
Users need to place wireless beacons around their yards and manually drive the Terra robot lawn mower around to teach it the layout. iRobot said the beacons can be pushed or hammered into the ground. They need to remain in place throughout the mowing season. Terra uses the beacons to calculate its position in the yard. The robot will operate autonomously after the initial training run. This is similar to how many autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) map logistics facilities.
Another benefit of Terra is that it mows in straight, back-and-forth lines, the same way most humans would. Surprisingly, many robot lawn mowers do not work that way. If the battery runs low, the Terra robot lawn mower returns to its charging base to recharge and picks up where it left off. It is compatible with iRobot’s HOME App, so users can adjust Terra’s mowing height and mowing schedule.
iRobot was tight-lipped about many of Terra’s specs, but it did shed light on its safety features: “Terra has several built-in safety mechanisms so that the blades will stop rotating if the robot is ever tilted or lifted. The handle of the robot is linked to a lift sensor, so that when the handle is lifted, the robot will turn off. A tilt sensor will detect if the robot tilts to an abnormal degree, shutting down the robot if triggered.