There was an announcement of interest to the green industry in one of the keynote addresses given at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Marcus Heyn, board management member at Bosch, the Gerlingen, Germany-based smart-devices conglomerate, talked about future projects involving the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, driverless vehicles and a new connected robotic mower, according to an article by Kyle Wiggers published on the VentureBeat.com website.
The underlying theme of Heyn's address was the importance of developing services that challenge the notions of what technology can achieve.
“Bosch recognized the huge opportunities of the IoT early on,” said Heyn during the talk, according to Wiggers. “We have been actively shaping the connected world for nearly ten years now. Today, we are a leading IoT company. Step by step, we have extended our software and IT expertise.”
Wiggers reported that Heyn further stated that the company remains committed to services that “make users’ lives easier,”
During the talk, Heyn revealed the Indego S+, a new robotic lawn mower with internet connectivity, claiming that it’s one of the first robotic mowers to interface with Amazon’s Alexa assistant. The story says that Heyn claimed that it’s also the only robotic lawnmower that can use weather forecasts to automatically decide when it’s best to mow the lawn, in much the same way as a smart irrigation controller uses weather information to determine watering schedules.
Heyn stated, according to the story, that the Indego S+ can tap AI to improve the way it recognizes obstacles on the lawn by evaluating data like motor flow and speed, acceleration and direction.
“We are using AI to make lawn care even easier and more convenient,” Heyn reportedly said. “Our vision is an Indego that adapts to its garden in order to mow the lawn perfectly every time. We’re working on the idea of a connected home, and on appliances that think autonomously and understand what users want. Above all, we aim to achieve concrete improvements in people’s real, everyday lives — things such as having more time, more security, more efficiency and more convenience.”