iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ: IRBT) has been awaiting approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to build, mass produce and sell robotic lawn mowers. iRobot has released the Roomba 11 years ago. The Roomba is an automated vacuum cleaner that was programmed to go around your house to clean it up, and it is still on the market with the latest model released in 2013. The new automatic robotic lawn mowers will be wirelessly connected to signal beacons in the ground that will mark the route for the robot.
The signal beacons were the reason the FCC got involved. There was a concern that the transmissions the beacons to the autonomous robot lawnmower will interfere with devices that use the same frequencies. There was even an opposition to the development of robot from The National Radio Astronomy Observatory, which claimed that the transmissions generated will create radio interference for telescopes. The FCC however disregarded concerns. iRobot wisely decided that the grass cutting machine will only be beneficial for people who live strictly in residential areas. The company explained, "these beacons will be set out only during mowing season and, except for a brief set-up period, will only communicate with the robot." This was enough for the FCC to go along with the product.
The launch date of the robot is not yet specified.