Husqvarna lawnmower remote for iOS: a lot less fun than we'd hoped

Sure, we've been living in a series of safe houses and seedy motels since 1968, but that doesn't mean that you can't have nice things. A two-car garage, white picket fence, and a healthy lawn: that's the American Dream, right there. But with all that middle class comfort comes responsibility -- and how are you going to find the time to keep the grass under control when you're working three jobs to keep up with the mortgage on your McMansion? Friends, that's where Husqvarna's My Automower app comes in. That's right: rather than sending SMS messages to your GPS-enabled Automower, all of its functions (starting, stopping, tracking the thing's progress via GPS) can now be handled from the safety of your iOS device. What it will not do, however, is transform your robot lawnmower into a semi-autonomous, blade-wielding backyard defender (hopefully the company addresses that in a software update). PR after the break.

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Use Your iPhone for Lawn Mowing

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Husqvarna Global Garden Report 2011, 40 percent of consumers around the world say they don't have enough time to take care of their homes and gardens. Therefore robotic mowers have been a welcome aid for stressed homeowners. Now it gets even easier with the new iPhone app for Husqvarna Automower®, available for free at App Store.

With the new iPhone app you can mow the lawn without even being at home. Any Automower® robotic lawnmower equipped with a GPS Communication Unit can be remotely started and stopped, as well as being tracked on your iPhone screen. The app also has installation movies, a buying guide and FAQs.

"We all want a well-kept lawn, but few are willing to invest the time needed. With the help of Automower® we made life a little easier for house owners. With the iPhone app we take gardening one step further. With its help you take control of your lawn as easily as making a phone call," says Stefan Axelsson, Business Development Manager at Husqvarna.
The GPS Communication Unit is available for most of the Automower® range and from 2011 it comes as standard for the 260 ACX model. The GPS Communications Unit also enables GPS theft tracker and SMS alert.

The Husqvarna Group is the world's largest producer of outdoor power products including chainsaws, trimmers, lawn mowers and garden tractors. The Group is also the European leader in consumer watering products and one of the world leaders in cutting equipment and diamond tools for the construction and stone industries. The product offering includes products for both consumers and professional users. The Group's products are sold via dealers and retailers in more than 100 countries. Net sales in 2010 amounted to SEK 32 billion, and the average number of employees was approximately 15,000.

SOURCE The Husqvarna Group