12 October, 2011

Neato Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Everyone's heard of iRobot's Roomba, but hardly anyone's heard of Neato. Their biggest feature, and the reason you should pay attention to them, is that rather than sweeping back and forth randomly in a room like the Roomba does, this actually maps the room and cleans methodically.

From their FAQ:
What is “intelligent cleaning”?
The Neato XV-11 maps its surroundings in a room and determines the doorways when first analyzing a room. It determines the best path to take and starts cleaning the perimeter of the area and then uses a methodical back and forth straight-line pattern to complete the interior. It follows this method, cleaning your house segment by segment.

What are the benefits of the methodical straight-line cleaning of the Neato XV-11 versus the random bounce-around cleaning of other robots?
By using a methodical straight line path to clean, Neato ensures there will be complete floor coverage in a timely manner. Since it can cover the floor in one pass, the Neato vacuum cleaning robot can use more of its energy with stronger suction power for its vacuum as compared to other bounce-around robots.


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