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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 8 – A Tesla for Your Garden

After several months with the Automower it’s time to look back and take stock. But first here are a couple of things we’ve not covered yet. Running Costs & Battery Replacement The manual quotes the Husqvarna 430X Automower power consumption at 30 W during cutting and also quotes a ‘mean energy consumption at maximum use’ of 20 kWh/month in a […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 7 – I Messed Up

We’re getting close to the end of our Husqvarna Automower Review series. Here the latest update from the last two weeks. Secondary Area The Secondary Area operating mode is used when you have an additional part of lawn that cannot be reached from the main one. Selecting the Secondary Area menu offers three options., from the manual… […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 6 – Stolen?

So far living with the Husqvarna Automower has been an overwhelmingly positive experience as I think you’ll agree if you’ve watched all the previous videos. However one aspect of ownership gives me cause for concern. Lawn Mower Lifters The whole idea of an autonomous robotic lawnmower is that it roams around your garden on its own. It’s pretty […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 5 – Rain or Shine

Normal service has been resumed at the Automated Home in terms of summer weather. After a couple of fine weeks in May, June ended cold wet and windy. Rain or Shine However in the week that Wimbledon started, rain has not stopped play as far as mowing the lawn goes. The Automower doesn’t care if it’s […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 4 – Connect Control

Automower ‘Connect’ is Husqvarna’s name for their smartphone interface to the mower. The hardware is fitted as standard on the range topping 450X, but it’s an add-on you’ll have to pay for if you own a 430X, 420, 330X or 320. Additionally, installing the Connect module is not a DIY job, requiring a trip back to your dealer […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 3 – Perfect Timing

So after Installing the Automower followed by a Few Weeks of Intensive Cutting it was time to throttle back and let Elon take it a little bit easier. The machine ships in 24/7 mode and you need to manually turn on the timer to start scheduling your cut. You probably want to mow when the lawn is not […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 2 –The First Cut is the Deepest

Last time we left the mower driving off its charging dock to calibrate itself then set about its first cut (if you haven’t already, then check out Part One). Before the robot arrived our lawn was freshly mowed using our faithful Rider 15T, our second Husqvarna ride-on mower and one that’s been supremely capable, reliable and a pleasure […]

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Video: Robots – Friend or Foe?

Living With Robots is a fascinating new five-part video series from the Financial Times that explores the relationship between man and machine to see how this dynamic will really change our world in the years to come. From bots that free us from the more menial and monotonous tasks around the home or at work, to […]

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Husqvarna Automower Review Part 1 – The Robots are Coming

Earlier this year Husqvarna launched a campaign looking for 100 bloggers to test out their Automower robotic lawnmower range. Now who doesn’t want their own little R2D2 running round their garden, so of course I applied and in the end was lucky enough to be shortlisted to receive one of the bots. Husqvarna have kindly offered the recipients the chance to […]

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Video: Still Don’t Believe Skynet Will Be a Thing?

Many of us dream of a friendly domestic robot helping with the housework around the smarthome. Here’s a video of one of the latest (and scariest) anthropomorphic robots from Google owned, Boston Dynamics. A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is specialized for mobile manipulation. It is electrically powered and […]

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