For the 10th anniversary

Mowing robots »sing« Mars Rover a serenade

3. August 2022, 11:00 Uhr | Tobias Schlichtmeier
Husqvarna Automower
The »Automower« fleet of the robotic mower manufacturer Husqvarna.
© Husqvarna

August 5th is the tenth anniversary of the landing of the rover »Curiosity« on Mars. Husqvarna, manufacturer of robotic mowers, is marking the anniversary in its own way: With a very special update for 100,000 of its »Automower«.

These »sing« happy birthday to the Mars Rover from Earth to Mars on August 5th. The signals are played out via the existing alarm signals of the Husqvarna Automower robotic mowers. The »IFTTT« integration platform allows users to individually decide whether or not to have their robotic mower sing that day. Husqvarna is continuously working on an infrastructure that makes it possible to add and combine different modules to the robotic mowers. In this way, the manufacturer wants to keep creating new and innovative solutions for its customers.

The robotic lawnmower owners will be informed about the update via »Automower Connect App« and invited to install the update. It is available for a total of 100,000 Automower robotic mowers of the »405X«, »415X« and »435X AWD« models. Users can then decide whether they want to join the chorus. If they agree, the Automower will automatically begin singing at 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. (local time) on Aug. 5th as a tribute to Curiosity's 10th anniversary on Mars. Following the Mars rover Curiosity's birthday, Husqvarna will make the song permanently available to owners of the three Automower models to brighten family birthdays, starting in early September.

The Curiosity Rover is a NASA robot that was brought to the red planet as part of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission to independently explore the terrain and conduct scientific investigations. One of its goals is to search for traces of living creatures. It was designed to sing »happy birthday« on its first birthday on Mars – to itself. But to conserve battery power, the other nine birthdays since then have passed without a proper serenade. The tenth birthday will be quite different.

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