As robots become more tightly integrated into our daily lives, we’re going to use them for goofy pursuits. It’s just a matter of human nature: There is nothing we can’t turn into something that amuses us, especially when we build those things. The Grass Printer is arguably a case in point.
Grass As An Artistic Medium
Little more, at this point, than a clever concept, the Grass Printer is pretty much what it sounds like. A robotic mower is placed on a yard, with a space defined by a few beacons. You draw what you want to see on the touchscreen mounted on the front of your robobuddy. And then it gets to work.
The Grass Printer has shorter than usual blades inside it as a mower, and can adjust their height accordingly. Internal processors map out your lawn and the image you want on it, and then get to hacking. As your robomower goes over your lawn, slowly, the image that you most want to see engraved in grass emerges.
Oh, and you could probably use it as an actual, robotic lawnmower, but really, that’s kind of missing the point. Why just mow your lawn when you can not only mow it, but also insult your neighbor who gripes about how tall your grass is?
As we said, the Grass Printer is, for now, just a concept. But, unlike world-changing discoveries and other stuff you see on the news, this is of direct value to real estate agents and the kind of person who likes to carve offensive cartoons on other people’s lawns. So we won’t be surprised if, sooner rather than later, the Grass Printer comes to your neighborhood. Just be sure to keep your grass short if your angry neighbor gets one of his own.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.