The Neomow X: Harnessing LiDAR SLAM technology for smarter lawn care

Neomow X LiDAR SLAM Robot Lawn Mower
The Neomow X employs LiDAR SLAM technology to autonomously map your lawn and navigate around obstacles for efficient, wire-free mowing. Images © Hookii

Robotic lawnmowers have gradually integrated themselves into the tech-savvy household. However, the requirement for perimeter wires and the need to clear lawns of obstacles have always been a drawback. The Neomow X by Hong Kong-based company Hookii aims to address these issues through its innovative use of LiDAR SLAM technology.

What is LiDAR SLAM?

LiDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging. It is a technology that measures distances by firing a laser at surfaces and then measuring the time it takes for the light to bounce back. SLAM, or Simultaneous Localization And Mapping, is a technology most commonly used in autonomous vehicles. It utilizes LiDAR data to create a three-dimensional map of an area and locates the vehicle within that space. When these two technologies combine, you get a highly precise and adaptable system for navigating complex environments.

How does Neomow X utilize this technology?

Upon the initial setup, the Neomow X uses a 360-degree LiDAR SLAM system to build a comprehensive map of your lawn. This is done as you manually guide the machine through the perimeter using a remote control available on both iOS and Android platforms. Once the map is created, the mower is capable of autonomously traversing the lawn back and forth.

This high-level navigation capability allows Neomow X to detect and steer clear of obstacles such as pets and other animals, regardless of lighting conditions. Its pressure-sensitive, wrap-around front bumper adds an extra layer of safety in case of unavoidable collisions.

Additional features and convenience

After finishing its mowing task, the Neomow X returns to its charging station, which can be placed either indoors or outdoors. A 3-hour charge of its lithium-ion battery lasts for about two hours of continuous mowing. The mower is designed to resume mowing tasks where it left off, whether interrupted by rain—which it can detect—or a low battery.

Neomow X LiDAR SLAM Robot Lawn Mower Battery Runtime
The Neomow X offers two hours of autonomous mowing on a 3-hour charge, seamlessly returning to its charging station when low on battery or interrupted by rain.

The companion app provides additional features that include the ability to schedule mowing in different areas, select from four distinct mowing patterns, adjust the cutting height, and even track the device through GPS in case it gets stolen. The inclusion of Wi-Fi, 4G, and Bluetooth connectivity means you can control your Neomow X even when you’re away from home.

Pricing information

If you are considering making the Neomow X part of your smart home system, a pledge of $1,299 will secure one for you. Its planned retail price is set at $2,399. For those interested in a higher battery capacity, the Neomow X Pro model is available for a pledge of $1,599 and has a retail price of $2,999. This model boasts a 3-hour run time per charge.

Neomow X LiDAR SLAM Robot Lawn Mower IPX5
Neomow X, with its IPX5-grade waterproof rating, mows your lawn in any weather condition, be it water splashes or light rain.

In summary, the Neomow X’s use of LiDAR SLAM technology offers an efficient, smart, and convenient solution for automated lawn maintenance. Its range of features and connectivity options makes it a standout product in an increasingly crowded marketplace.

Source: Kickstarter