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A ROBOT went to mow, went to mow a meadow... Talk about the rise of the machines... Dumfries and Galloway council has been testing robotic mowers. They say: "We have been looking at ways to embrace technology before and during Covid-19. "One way we've done so is by testing robot technology mowers in open spaces and school grounds. "These bring environmental benefits and free up our workers to focus on other priority tasks." How dot they work? Some robot mowers use a simple mapping system whereby a wire boundary is laid around the area that needs to be cut, and the robot detects when it approaches the wire, and changes course in a random direction. More advanced models have 360 laser or radar senses that spot obstacles. And they're not just for playing fields – robot mowers for mores modest hardens are available although Which? magazine recommends you check that they'll work in the rain. Some heading straight for their charging station the minute the heaven's open. And the robots are coming indoors too, with automated vacuum cleaners growing in popularity.

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