MARK AND LINDA Preissner kneel next to a robotic mower that cuts their Ripon yard. Ian Stepleton photo
MARK AND LINDA Preissner kneel next to a robotic mower that cuts their Ripon yard. Ian Stepleton photo

     AS A CHILD, VISIONS OF the future usually included one consistent image: robot servants taking care of our basic needs.

     The concept seemed equal parts idyllic and unlikely.

     Robots, in our homes? Sure ...

     Apparently, the future has arrived.

     Just ask Mark and Linda Preissner of Ripon. They haven’t had to spend a moment mowing their lawn in years.

     Their little turf Terminator is taking care of it for them.

     Nary a tuft of grass can survive the squat, wheeled robot roaming the Preissners’ yard off Fenton Street.

     Day after day, he bumbles around their yard, taking a little bit off the top each time to keep their yard looking pristine — without his owners needing to do virtually anything.

      Mr. Roboto doesn’t complain, doesn’t ask for more food, doesn’t miss a beat. And he’s becoming the talk of the neighborhood. ...

To read the entire column, see the Aug. 22, 2019 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.