This Snow-Plowing Robot Automates Yard Work While You Relax
The Yarbo is a modular yard work robot with attachments for lawn mowing, leaf mulching and more. At CES 2024, we saw its latest snow blower attachment in action.
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A classically trained French hornist by education, Nick Wolny is a managing editor and journalist at CNET, where he oversees coverage related to consumer spending, consumer tech and personal finance. He is also the finance columnist for Out magazine and a frequent television correspondent. Prior to journalism, Nick owned a content marketing agency, a business he converted into a fractional consultancy upon pivoting his career, and has previously written thought leadership columns for Fast Company, Insider, Entrepreneur Magazine and Fortune. A rural Illinois boy at heart, he's now based in Los Angeles.
When I was a wee lad growing up in rural Illinois, I dreaded snowstorms because they meant I'd have to bundle up and shovel the driveway for my mom the next morning. I dreamt of a utopian future in which robots could do this work for me. At CES 2024, that dream became reality.
The Yarbo is a modular yard robot with various attachments that can handle different types of yard work, from mowing your lawn to blowing leaves and more. Their newest attachment, the Snow Blower S1 Plus, improves on the older S1 with the ability to process snowdrifts 16 inches high, a timely benefit as the nation's first winter storm of the season pummeled millions with blizzard conditions and wind chill advisories this past weekend.
Features include obstacle avoidance and yard mapping to ensure the robot is equipped to handle your yard autonomously. The snow blower attachment can throw snow up to 40 feet and rotates 180 degrees, ensuring the robot doesn't sabotage its own progress. Once your yard is mapped, create and schedule a cleaning plan in the Yarbo app and the bot will do the rest.
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You can purchase your Yarbo components a la carte, or opt for a bundle if you expect to automate outdoor maintenance year-round. The body is $4,499, and additional components range from $1,499 to $2,459 in price.
The updated Snow Blower S1 Plus model comes out later this year, but the existing S1 model is available for purchase now.
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