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The next time your wife shouts at you to mow the lawn, relieve your frustration by shouting at the lawnmower - it could then automatically cut the grass and play soothing music while you put your feet up with a nice cold beer.

"The RL500 robotic lawnmower features an intelligent navigational system; an ultrasonic sensor for proximity control and barrier sensing; automatic shut-off when the mower is lifted or tilted; an easy to use "plug and play" triple-blade mulching system; and embedded audio commands for instructions, safety and personalisation by the end user," enthuses Dr. Cynthia Love, president and chief operating officer of Friendly Robotics US.

"With the audio functions, we are now able to offer the consumer the ability to download the Aggie fight song [Eh? Ed] or any audio to play while mowing. We will also offer upgrades to the mower via the Internet, as well as activation of the service."

Is this scary stuff or what? Imagine the chaos when the first robot lawnmower virus hits the web - pets and small children mulched as blood-crazed mowers burst through garden shed doors around the world - makes ILOVEYOU seem a bit tame, eh? ®

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