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Smarter lawn care with the new LawnBott robot mower (pictures)

Automated lawn mowing gets even easier with LawnBott's new smartphone-connected robot mower.

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LawnBott LB85EL

The new LawnBott LB85EL robot lawn mower.

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LawnBott LB85EL

New features in this model include control and scheduling via iOS and Android app, as well as a third set of wheels for better traction.

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LawnBott LB85EL

This bot can handle slopes of up to 25 degrees.

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LawnBott LB85EL

The LawnBott navigates partly through GPS and a series of grass-detecting sensors, but you also need to bury a guide wire around the perimeter of area you want it to mow.

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Lawnbott LB85EL

The third row of gear-like wheels is new in this model, and is supposed to over improved traction on wet grass.

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LawnBott LB85EL

The LawnBott LB75DX, pictured here, is an older model that lacks app support and the third row of wheels, among other things. The two can share a charging station and guide wire, set up. They will both return to the station automatically when their batteries run low.

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LawnBott LB85EL

All LawnBotts offer onboard controls, but they're not as slick as the app-based interface.

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LawnBott LB85EL

The LB75DX model is designed to mow a quarter acre. The LB85EL will mow up to just under three-quarters of an acre. Both units will require multiple passes to mow an entire lawn, though, so there's no way around interacting with the scheduling function.

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LawnBott LB85EL

You can adjust the cutting height of the LawnBott's 12-inch blade to between 0.75 and 2.8-inches.

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The blade is also reversible, so you can extend its life, and user replaceable for when you want a new one.

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