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Designing an ArduMower with Atmel and Arduino

ArduMower can probably best be described as an open source robot lawn mower project powered by an Atmel-based Arduino Mega (ATmega1280 MCU). The goal of the ArduMower crew? Making a new “brain” freely available for every robot mower in the (known) universe.

“Everyone knows them, some already have one: a robotic lawn mower! You can purchase them, sometimes they are ‘intelligent’, sometimes they are simply silly. Very often, they are missing an important piece: adding your own ideas to the robot’s brain,” the ArduMower crew explained in an official mission statement posted on the project’s website.

“This [initiative] isn’t more complicated than other mid-size Arduino projects. If you like to try out new things, then this project is the right one for you. You might learn new things and you’ll see that everything is much easier than you thought.”

Key ArduMower objectives include:

  • Ready-made components.
  • Low-cost and replaceable (à la RC model: stick together receiver, controller, motor and servo).
  • Minimal soldering, simple programming and detailed instructions.
  • A DIY construction kit (‘Ardumower-kits’) with all modules and components.
  • Open-source Arduino-code.
  • A manufacturer for the ArduMower robot chassis.

Interested in learning more? Additional documentation, code and list of components are available on the ArduMower website in both English and German.

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