Sure, it is a advertising gimmick. Positive, it is sort of hokey. However darn it if this does not unexpectedly pull on the heartstrings.

Husqvarna, the maker of autonomous residence garden mowers that look one thing like RC tactical assault automobiles from Mad Max occasions, is releasing an uncommon software program replace to rejoice a lonely robotic 1000’s of miles away. In early August, the Curiosity Mars rover will flip 10 years previous. Following the software program replace, some 100,000 Husqvarna Automowers all over the world will have the ability to sing Completely satisfied Birthday to the intrepid explorer.

There’s some backstory right here (and, after all, a video). The engineers behind Curiosity clearly had some enjoyable. They programmed the superior information assortment robotic to sing Completely satisfied Birthday to itself, which it did on its first birthday in House. However saving batteries took priority on subsequent birthdays and the rover, which continues to be in operation, has not had any birthday magic since.

Rovers have lengthy held a novel area in standard creativeness, and whereas anthropomorphizing a machine is all the time questionable these Rovers (and the group behind them) are worthy of celebration. My youngsters love a e book known as Good Night time Oppy, in regards to the Alternative rover, and there are comparable titles about Curiosity.

“For us, it is a method to pay homage to the nice engineering work of NASA, and that of our intensive group of robotic specialists, by letting our robotic mowers rejoice a fellow robotic … no person ought to must sing Completely satisfied Birthday to themselves, proper ?” requested Björn Mannefred, Robotics Software program Supervisor at Husqvarna.

Husqvarna has been forward of the pack in working with IoT and exterior third-party options, together with Google Dwelling, Amazon Alexa, and IFTTT. This newest software program replace is offered on August 5 and has a little bit of Elon Musk aptitude to it. If in case you have an Automower, the replace is offered to fashions 405X, 415X, and 435X AWD and can grow to be obtainable completely in September for Automower house owners to be used of their future birthday celebrations.


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