Trending: Going from a big company to a startup? Here are three things you need to ‘unlearn’ to be successful
LG’s automated lawnmower powered by this cute robot named Cloi. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy)

LAS VEGAS — I generally count myself as an automation skeptic. I worry about the impact it could have on jobs, and the fallout such changes could bring.

But for the right innovation, I will apparently throw all that out the window. For you see, there is one chore I hate so much that I am willing to embrace automation, and the equal parts convenience and destruction it could bring to modern society. And that is mowing the lawn.

That’s why I got so excited when I saw this gadget at CES:

That is a wireless automated lawnmower from electronics giant LG. It works by laying out wiring around the boundary of the lawn, and the owner gets a smartphone notification if the mower exits those boundaries, which could mean it was stolen or went rogue. It is controlled by Cloi, a cute robot that garnered attention for not responding to commands during LG’s CES press event this week.

The mower itself, which attaches to a charging station that an LG rep recommended keeping in a dry area, is not new. LG debuted it at CES last year.

Though it’s been around for awhile, the LG rep at the booth said it is still just a prototype and probably won’t be available this year. LG hasn’t set a price, we’re told, but it could be upwards of $3,000.

So if this automated mower ever advances beyond the prototype stage, a place where many great CES gadgets have languished, and if I can ever justify to my family that I need to spend $3,000 on a lawnmower, sign me up LG.

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to GeekWire's free newsletters to catch every headline

Comments

Job Listings on GeekWork

Senior Product DesignerALLEN INSTITUTE FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI2)
Deep Learning Engineer // Co-FounderALLEN INSTITUTE FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI2)
Computer Science InstructorRenton Technical College
CTO-in-Residence // Co-FounderALLEN INSTITUTE FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI2)
Brand JournalistRad Power Bikes
Find more jobs on GeekWork. Employers, post a job here.