While spending too many hours during my childhood mowing the lawn, I always thought, “why don’t we have a robot doing this for us?” This DIYer has made that wish come true. And not only has he created one, but he is releasing a series of intricately detailed video tutorials which walk you through the step by step process. Starting with a stock Black and Decker electric lawn mower, he created a custom frame to house the electronics and remote control receiver.
In addition, he used two electric wheel-chair motors, a couple of swivel wheels, a Sabertooth 2×25 dual-motor driver, a 5-channel transmitter/receiver, charge controller, two 12v 20 watt solar panels, a power inverter, and quite a few other goodies. With one of these, you can sit on the porch with your lemonade and drive your lawn mower around the yard. Next step: make it autonomous! There is also a dedicated project website where you can find more info.