(JewocityBlog) — iRobot is using robotics to design a self-driving lawn mower that trims a user’s lawn without requiring any type of supervision. Roomba’s lawn mowing cousin is designed to wirelessly connect with stakes in the ground that work as signal beacons and rise above the ground by up to two feet. This method required approval from the government because the National Radio Astronomy Observatory raised objections that the mower’s signals would interfere with telescopes.
“The FCC’s assessment agrees with our analysis that the technology will not have a negative impact on radio astronomy,” iRobot’s spokesman said in a statement welcoming the FCC’s move. iRobot said the waiver will let it “continue exploring the viability of wideband, alongside other technologies, as part of a long-term product exploration effort in the lawn mowing category.” iRobit Corp is a Bedford, Mass.-based robot manufacturing company, which is known for making the robotic vacuum cleaner named Roomba. It had to be determined that transmissions between the iRobot machines and antennas wouldn’t interfere with other devices on the same frequencies.Tags: 3D printing, FCC, iRobots, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Roomba