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Use Your Wii to Mow the Lawn (Really)

Posted Apr 09 2009 7:12pm

It’s been well documented that the Nintendo Wii is the greatest invention in the history of mankind. Sure you can use it for some virtual boxing or tennis. But did you know you can also use the Wii to mow your lawn?

Now you can with the Casmobot robotic lawnmower, which is operated using a Nintendo Wii remote. Developed at the University of Southern Denmark (yeah, I don’t know why they don’t have better things to work on either), the Casmobot uses Bluetooth technology to connect the Wii controller to a computer and robotics module built in to the mower.

By tilting the Wii remote forward, the mower drives forward. If you tilt the Wii remote to the side, the mower moves in a circle. If that’s too much effort, you an even guide the mower to map out the borders of a lawn and then leave it to automatically cut the area on its own. Isn’t technology great?

No word yet on whether the Casmobot will be offered for sale. But Kjeld Jensen, a robotics researcher at the university, reports that local landscapers are digging the prototype device.

Here’s the Casmobot in action:

Use Your Wii to Mow the Lawn (Really)

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