LG wants to take the aches and pains out of lawn care by letting you control its latest smart mower with your voice. The manufacturer's LG Lawn Mower Robot will work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, the virtual assistants that you can cue with your voice. That means you should be able to say, "Alexa, cut my grass" or "OK, Google, mow the lawn" to your Alexa- or Google Assistant-enabled smart speaker when the grass is too long, and the Lawn Mower Robot will automatically do its thing.
LG showed off the Lawn Mower Robot Thursday at the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin. The company first announced the mower at the CES 2017 consumer electronics show, but it made more details available this week:
But there's still a lot we don't know about the Lawn Mower Robot. LG didn't release information about when it will be available, in which countries you can buy it or how much the mower will cost. It's sure to be expensive -- robot lawnmowers tend to start at about $1,000 (about £775 or AU$1,260) and increase from there depending on how large your yard is.
Whenever the Lawn Mower Robot becomes available, it does seem to have some advantages over similar gadgets, such as the $1,600 Robomow RS612 we reviewed last year. Integration with virtual assistants is cool, and the built-in GPS adds some security to robot lawnmowers since you're supposed to leave them outside rather than locked away.