Kjeld Jensen, a robotics researcher at the University of Southern Denmark, demonstrates the Casmobot robotic lawnmower above. “The Casmobot project is about making grass cutting more efficient,” said Jensen. Using a regular Wiimote to control the robot through Bluetooth and a built in robotics module, the lawnmower responds according to the movements of the controller, like in any Wii game. Users can even automate the process using the onboard GPS sensor by mapping out the border of an area to be mowed and then pushing a button, the mower will then cut everything within that area.
“We have been introducing [Casmobot] to the professional workers at the municipalities and the minute they got this Wiimote in their hands and started cutting grass, they were smiling and laughing all the time so I guess I’m not the only one that thinks this is a very good idea,” said Jensen.
Jensen says that the technology used in the mower could, theoretically, be put into any kind of vehicle. Proof of this sort of modification can be seen on any of hundreds of websites where people have modified Wiimotes to control web cams, Segways, and various other everyday items.
If we had the ability to modify something to be controlled by a Wiimote, it would have to be a Roomba/George Foreman grill hybrid with a bacon dispenser attached. What about you?