AI robot that can trim, edge, and blow your lawn for you

AI robot that can trim, edge, and blow your lawn for you

Is this what lawn care will look like in the near future?

by Kurt Knutsson

Imagine a future where the hum of lawn mowers and the rustle of leaves being raked are sounds of the past, replaced by quiet and efficient robots. With the invention of Electric Sheep Robotics’ Verdie, the era of back-breaking yard work and coordinating with landscaping services could be over. This AI-powered bot doesn’t just trim the edges; it’s a whiz with power tools and a master at blowing away debris.

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A new era in yard maintenance

Electric Sheep Robotics, based in San Francisco, has been revolutionizing the way we think about garden maintenance. Their Robots-as-a-Service rental model has been a game-changer, but their recent acquisitions of traditional outdoor service providers signal a bold move towards dominating the large-scale outdoor maintenance market.

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Tackling labor shortages head-on

In a bid to tap into the lucrative $1 trillion outdoor maintenance market, Electric Sheep is phasing out gas-guzzling power tools and replacing them with their fleet of emission-free robots. This not only addresses environmental concerns but also provides a solution to the labor shortages plaguing the industry.

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The brain behind the bots

At the heart of Electric Sheep’s operation is ES1, a generative AI training model. By simulating photo-realistic parks and lawns, ES1 equips the maintenance bots with the intelligence to navigate real-world challenges, from dodging obstacles to escaping gopher holes.

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Powered by Nvidia and learning on the go

Designed to run on Nvidia’s Jetson platforms, ES1 allows for the entire policy to be trained on a single desktop GPU. What’s more, the system continually evolves, learning from real outdoor scenarios to enhance its pre-trained knowledge pool.

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Verdie is the star of the Show

Currently, ES1 is the driving force behind a fleet of 40 robot mowers across America. And soon, it will be powering the garden bot – Verdie. With reinforcement learning and a suite of common power tools at its disposal, Verdie is set to revolutionize outdoor maintenance.

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Electric Sheep’s vision for a robotic future

With a variety of electric tools already tested and stereo cameras for spatial awareness, Verdie is well on its way to joining outdoor maintenance crews safely. Its self-balancing, articulating wheeled platform features six degrees of freedom, ensuring precision in every task.

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When will Verdie be rolled out?

Electric Sheep will add the AI-powered Verdie landscaping robot to its automated outdoor maintenance solutions from the seconds quarter of 2024.

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Kurt’s key takeaways

It’s clear that Electric Sheep Robotics’ Verdie is not just a leap forward for garden maintenance; it’s a giant stride towards a greener, more efficient future. So, next time you think about yard work, remember, Verdie’s got it covered – and it’s doing it with an eco-friendly wink and a robotic nod.

Would you feel comfortable letting a robot do your yard maintenance? What, if any, concerns would you have? Let us know in the comments below.

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3 comments

James S. March 26, 2024 - 8:14 am

When are we going to stop putting priority on people automation of everything, over human beings being able to support their families?!?!?!
Technology is great, but should not replace humans in most cases. Calculators were great helpers & time savers, but didn’t replace real people. Same goes for cell phones. But computers are another story. I loved my engineering job for 9 years, until computers were programmed to do it.
Will we ever learn, before we’re totally replaced. ‘Nuff said. Try to keep smiling. 😊🙁🙃.

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Tim R. April 14, 2024 - 8:07 am

I think all the advancements in technology is amazing and exciting. I too am concerned that people and businesses will be forced out of the workforce. Made to adapt to the ever changing world.
I don’t think everyone will be able to “learn to type code” though.
And really, I’m tired of people saying that these electric tools, vehicles, you name it, are greener and saving the environment!
Where do you think this electricity comes from? And the resources needed for the batteries!?
Everything comes at a cost and we just aren’t there yet for the conversion of so much to electric so quickly. Think Mandates!
I believe that eventually it will get there, but too many people turn a blind eye to the bad things that are down the road because of this conversion or far up the supply chain to be able to produce some of this technological.
They see the money to be made or the power over people to be had.
Some really believe it’s all good and are truly doing it to better mankind
But they need to open their eyes to the whole picture…🤷‍♂️

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Robert April 20, 2024 - 7:30 am

Not for me, too easy for skulkers to steal.

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