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Retrofuturist Flashback: Robot Lawn Mowers

Let the bots take care of it... ©PoodlesRock/Corbis
Let the bots take care of it... ┬ęPoodlesRock/Corbis

The simply joys of a lazy summer afternoon are best enjoyed if a robot does all the yard work for you, and this 1958 illustration presents an image of just what that might entail.

Actually it's a fairly accurate vision of the future, since robotic lawn mowers such as the RoboMow RL850 and the Automower® 265 ACX are out there cutting the grass right now. Modern designs are just a bit more streamlined. And hey, thus far we've avoided the dire consequences presented in the 1969 Gumby short "Robot Rumpus."

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