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Husqvarna Canada Teams Up with Pro Soccer Teams to Score Goals for Trees

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 26, 2017 by itnerd

Every Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact goal isn’t just good for the teams, they’re also good for the environment. Husqvarna Canada Inc., the official and exclusive lawn partner of each team, is working with One Tree Planted to fulfill  itsGoals for Trees program that will see 100 trees planted for every goal scored this year by the three Canadian teams.

Goals for Trees is part of Husqvarna’s sponsorship programs with the Canadian soccer teams. Along with the tree-planting commitment the programs include half-time events with Husqvarna leaf blowers, branded field crew members and giveaways of custom-painted Automowers, decked out in each team’s colours and logos.

At just over half-way through the season, goals scored to date will account for more than 8,500 trees to be planted, which will have the potential to absorb more than 176,000kg of carbon dioxide per year.

This commitment is evident through Husqvarna’s involvement with the United Nations Global Compact and FTSE4Good initiatives. Both of which help push innovation forward within the professional-grade battery-powered tool industry that include chainsaws, leaf blowers and lawn and hedge trimmers that offer traditional performance, but with a power source that provides a cleaner and quieter experience. Globally, Husqvarna Group is the market leader in outdoor power products and is also the market leader in development and sales of robotic mowers.

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Husqvarna Pilots Pay-Per-Use For Chainsaws & Hedge Trimmers

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 20, 2017 by itnerd

Starting this May, homeowners in Stockholm can access pay-per-use power tools for the garden, eliminating the need to maintain and store hedge trimmers, chainsaws and other tools that are used less frequently. The project is a pilot, and part of Husqvarna’s commitment to explore innovative and sustainable solutions for taking care of gardens and green spaces.

The Husqvarna Battery Box, is a “smart”, 8×3 meter, unattended container with 30 electronic lockers that store battery powered garden care products. Via an iPhone app, homeowners can reserve tools, get instructions, pay, and open the locker to pick up their pre-booked power tool. The “box” will be placed at Bromma Blocks, a shopping center 15 min west of Stockholm city. Renting a garden care product will cost 350 SEK a day (approx 35 Euros or 38 USD).

Sustainability and innovation put to the test

This pilot project supports Husqvarna’s sustainability agenda to drive the conversion from petrol powered products to silent battery products with no direct emissions in urban areas. Additionally, the purpose is also to test the real-world applications of this technical solution, as well as collect insights on market maturity, customer behaviour, and potential future revenue streams for Husqvarna’s distribution network. The test period runs from May 1 to October 31, 2017.

How it works

After completing registration in the iPhone app (also called ”Husqvarna Battery Box”), the customer can reserve one of the 30 available battery powered products (chainsaw, hedge trimmer, trimmer or blower). The app guides the user on how to open and close the door to the particular locker where the product they want to rent is kept. The app also includes “how-to-films” to explain how the product works. The Box, powered by solar cells, will be serviced by Husqvarna staff daily, ensuring that products are in good condition and that the batteries are fully charged.

The connection between the Husqvarna Battery Box and the customer is enabled via Bluetooth. For identification purposes, the customer uses the Swedish ID app “BankID”. Payments are charged to the registered credit card at the end of the month.

Powerful and silent products in the box

From a performance perspective, the battery products in the box are equivalent to the petrol versions of comparable size, but without the noise and direct emissions. The battery series in the box is powered by a 36V Li-ion battery, and one battery fits all products in the box (chainsaw, hedge trimmer, blower, trimmer).

Project partners and set-up

Husqvarna Battery Box is the result of a partnership that includes Telenor, Flex, Zuora and HiQ. Flex builds the connected Box and reports its status on events handled through a cloud solution with Telenor Connexion. Zuora supplies the subscription payment solution and HiQ builds the app and the system needed to bring everything together. The shopping center Bromma Blocks provides the space for the test.

Husqvarna Automower: The Future Of Lawn Care

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 6, 2017 by itnerd

Husqvarna – a world leader in outdoor power equipment – is committed to innovation in its industry, and has proved this as one of the leaders in perfecting its version of the robotic mower – the Automower

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Equipped with GPS assisted navigation, free movement pattern auto-theft security and charging, as well as a mobile app connection, the Automower is the future of lawn care, taking yard maintenance off the homeowner’s list of chores.

There are two models that I’d like to highlight

Automower 315Advanced 4-wheeled robotic mower for larger and more complex grass areas. Suitable for medium sized areas up to 1500 m² and can also handle slopes with an incline of 40%. Smart technology adapts the amount of mowing to the lawn’s growth rate, enables spot mowing of a limited area of longer grass and guides the mower through narrow passages. The intuitive menu system on the large, user-friendly display allows personal settings for when you’d like the machine to mow. Snap-covers in different colours are available as options.

Automower 450XTop of the range model from the world leaders in robotic mowing. Smart enough to negotiate the challenges of large and complex lawns – like multiple narrow passages, obstacles, tough terrain and slopes up to 45%. GPS-assisted navigation and a host of features including Automower Connect make it the intelligent way to keep your lawn green, healthy and perfectly mowed. The Automower Connect app keeps you in control: track, interact and stay updated at the touch of a screen, wherever you are in the world.

These mowers along with the rest of the Automower line are available from Husqvarna dealers now.

Husqvarna Limberjack Goes Pink In October

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 3, 2016 by itnerd

In honour and recognition of all female loggers and arborists around the world, the chainsaw in the Virtual Reality game Husqvarna Limberjack will turn pink for the month of October.  

Husqvarna Limberjack is the world’s first online VR limbing and logging experience and was launched by Husqvarna 2016. The chainsaw VR experience is part of Husqvarna’s commitment to explore new possibilities that can help improve skills and safety within tree care. During October, the developers have changed the colour of the in-game chainsaw from orange to pink. This is an initiative can serve as a reminder to raise awareness and funds that will help find a cure for breast cancer.  

How to play

The Husqvarna VR experience brings the player to a beautiful mountainside with a lake where the player has to use a pink Husqvarna 359 chainsaw to remove 24 branches from a 2.7 meter long log. The player needs to pick up the chainsaw and remove the branches as accurately and quickly as possible. Just like a professional tree worker, the player needs to limb fast, and with precision. The game is optimized for HTC Vive and can be downloaded for free on Steam and also available via www.limberjackvr.com.

About limbing

Limbing is a difficult and time consuming part of professional logging that requires good technique. It refers to the process of removing branches from a fallen tree before the log is transported away. Husqvarna Limberjack is inspired by one of the five disciplines from the World Logging Championship, a bi-annual competition that gathers the best best loggers from around the world.

Husqvarna Launches Virtual Reality (VR) Chainsaw Limbing and VR Chainsaw Championship

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 2, 2016 by itnerd

Today, for all chainsaw fans around the world, Husqvarna releases the first Virtual Reality (VR) chainsaw game – Husqvarna Limberjack. Via Valve’s platform Steam, the game is now available to download world-wide for anyone that wants to test their limbing skills and compete for the new world championship title.

The Husqvarna VR experience brings the player to a beautiful mountainside with a lake where the player has to use a Husqvarna 359 chainsaw to remove 24 branches from a 2.7 meter long log. The player needs to pick up the chainsaw and remove the branches as accurately and quickly. Just like a professional logger, the player needs to limb fast, and with precision. If branches are not removed properly, the player will need to go back and re-do, losing time.

The exhilarating game includes a local as well as a global high score list, making it fun to compete both in groups at home and online against other VR limberjacks around the world.

At the end of each month, Husqvarna will announce the best Limberjack player in the world for the month, and in August 2017, the twelve best Limberjack players will be invited to a the world championships final in Sweden.

Limbing is a difficult and time consuming part of professional logging that requires good technique. It refers to the process of removing branches from a fallen tree before the log is transported away. Husqvarna Limberjack is inspired by one of the five disciplines from the World Logging Championship, a bi-annual competition that gathers the best 150 best loggers from around the world. The current world record in real limbing is less than 9 seconds. To learn how to limb in the real world, read more here.

The game is optimized for HTC Vive and can be downloaded for free on Steam and also available via www.limberjackVR.com.