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Asimo's new friend? Honda robotics powers first real product for homes - a lawn mower

08/21/2012 03:51 EDT | Updated 10/20/2012 05:12 EDT
TOKYO - Honda Motor Co. finally has its first home product packed with its prized robotics technology — a sensor-equipped lawn mower.

Miimo goes on sale next year, only in Europe, where spacious lawns are often enclosed in gates, targeting 4,000 unit sales a year.

The machine, which looks a bit like iRobot Corp.'s Roomba vacuum cleaner, continuously shaves about 3 millimeters (0.12 inches) off the grass, manoeuvring itself on slopes. It won't break potted plants, goes to charge itself on its own and won't wander off.

Honda robots, like its Asimo walking and talking robot, have sometimes been criticized as impractical toys.

Honda said Tuesday that Miimo will sell for 2,100 euros ($2,600) to 2,500 euros ($3,000).