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Robotic Snow Shovels

The SnowBYTE Robot Can Shovel Snow and Mow Your Lawn

— July 23, 2014 — Tech
SnowBYTE is a robotic snow shovel contraption that also doubles as a lawn mower. It was developed by professor Emin Faruk Kececi at the Istanbul Technical University in Turkey.

The professor and his team developed the remote-controlled robotic snow shovel which, unlike many other household robots, has a semi-autonomous design that requires users to control its movements. However, it still does the physical job of clearing snow from your driveway and sidewalk while you stand in your garage and operate it.

The SnowBYTE has a small all-wheel drive vessel and a gasoline engine that powers the snow-blowing system, which includes front blades and a snow-throwing chute. An integrated camera systen gives operators a view of what they're blowing away.

The SnowBYTE's developers are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to attempt to raise funds for production of the contraption.
Trend Themes
1. Robotic Snow Shovels - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Develop advanced autonomous snow shoveling robots that require minimal user control.
2. Semi-autonomous Household Robots - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Create household robots with semi-autonomous designs that can perform physical tasks with user guidance.
3. Integrated Camera Systems - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Design integrated camera systems for robots that provide operators with real-time visuals and enhance their control.
Industry Implications
1. Robotics - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Explore the development and production of robotic snow shovels and other autonomous household robots.
2. Home Automation - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Invest in the development of smart home automation systems that include semi-autonomous robots for various tasks.
3. Outdoor Power Equipment - Disruptive innovation opportunity: Innovate in the outdoor power equipment industry by creating new products that combine multiple functions, such as snow shoveling and lawn mowing.
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