Wii Remote Hack Creates Lawnmower Robot: Get Out the Lawnchairs!

April 3, 2009

sammy, by patti haskins(ChattahBox)–Scientists from the University of Southern Denmark, have created a remote control robotic lawn mower, by hacking a Wii-remote that is sure to put a smile on the face of every husband this summer, who can effortlessly check off mowing the lawn on the “honey do list,” while sitting in a lawn chair and cracking open a cold one. Dubbed the Casmobot project, robotics researchers re-configured a Wii remote control to communicate by Bluetooth and hooked it all up to a computer. The researchers then inserted a robotics module into a commercial sized lawn mower.

The handy Wii-remote can be used to control the lawn mower manually or through the computer. The normal tilt maneuvers of the remote work much the same way to guide the movement of the lawn mower robot. A downward tilt moves the mower forward and an upward tilt puts it in reverse.

Users can guide the lawn mower to plot out the borders of the lawn, and then it will run automatically and mow the entire area all on its own. After setting it on automatic, you will only need some sunscreen and a good book to get your lawn mowed.

The high tech Wii-remote has spawned many other uses from controlling Google Earth to a remote control web cam. Many enterprising amateur robotic scientists have come up with many other novel hacks of the Wii-remote and posted their inventions on YouTube.

Meanwhile, as the summer months approach and the grass begins to grow, the Denmark researchers are receiving quite a few requests to market their robot lawn mower.


Photo: Patti Haskins


One Response to “Wii Remote Hack Creates Lawnmower Robot: Get Out the Lawnchairs!”

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