Some people mow their lawns by hand, pushing mowers under the hot summer sun. But not you. You're relaxing in the shade, sipping an Arnold Palmer, nodding at your neighbor as he toils behind a noisy, sputtering, gas-powered contraption. This is possible thanks to the Husqvarna Automower 260 ACX ($TBA), a self-charging, auto-piloting, robotic mower. The ACX will handle this weekly chore without supervision, and is capable of sending you an SMS should something unexpected take place. The ACX has an adjustable mowing height, runs almost silent, has ultrasonic sensors to prevent collisions, and finds its way back to the charging station when it needs power. Rain and weather proof, the mower can handle uneven ground with ease, and even has a programmable anti-theft alarm should your neighbor's covetous nature overwhelm his better sensibilities.
If you're looking for serious noise reduction, check out the Peltor Professional Noise Canceling Earmuffs ($20). These heavy duty earmuffs are CSA-approved, blocking noise up to 105 dB and providing protection from the loudest lawn mower to the piercing scream of a power saw. (Also great for silencing screaming babies and the Twilight soundtrack.) Comfortable enough to wear all day, the Peltor Earmuffs are lightweight and flexible, with soft interior padding and a shielded, hardened plastic casing.