Klarstein's silver Cleanfriend is the UK's entry into the world of domestic vacuums. With a 34cm diameter and a weight of 3kgs, it has five cleaning modes and Intelligent space recognition (that translates into it not falling down stairs or running into walls.) It comes with its own charging base and remote control. It will not do shag carpeting but it will clean your regular carpet, hard wood, and tile. The vacuum is available for £149.90 (~$240.372.)
The P3 P4920 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is certainly affordable but is best used for picking up dust, animal fur and small crumbs. It has no brush and can get stuck more often than other robotic vacuums. It is probably best used on tile or wood, although the claim is that it can do carpet. The 11.5 x 11.25" P3 comes with 12 rechargeable batteries and AC adapter.
Interestingly enough, there is a budget-minded Dirt Devil RoomMate as well that is meant for hard floors. At a size of 12.3 x 14.6", it has a 50 minute run time with rechargeable batteries, dual cleaning brushes and step avoidance protection.
Just as Spielberg showed a shark's eye view in Jaws (because the mechanized one kept breaking,) you can get a view from a Roomba. During "Breaking Bad," season 4, episode 2, the bot makes its way past partygoers in Jesse Pinkman's (Aaron Paul) house. If you get a chance to view the entire episode, you will see a quick odd cameo from actor/producer Bryan Cranston (Walter White) in a full head of hair and beard. We love this show!
iRobot goes elite with their 790 Roomba. An RF remote control has the power to control its movement at almost any location, a great bonus when trying to avoid small children or pets, or want to send it back to its charging station. The cleaning head has improved to pick up more dirt, pet hair and possibly Rice Krispies. The 790 carries a price of $699 and comes with accessories that include extra filters and brushes, a screwdriver and carrying case.
Sharp has finally jumped on the robotic vacuum cleaner bandwagon with its state of the art COCOROBO RX-V100 and RX-V80. Available in June at prices of $1,600 and $1,100 respectively, both models feature ION technology as well as their artificially intelligent Cocoro engine. Good on both hard floor and carpet, the device can connect to a WiFi network and software will become available for remote instructions. Best of all, the RX-V100 is voice controlled. Run, COCO, run.
Moneual, the company that brought you the Rydis H1004 Vacuum last year, has come out with a new product for those who suffer from allergies or asthma. The H800 purifies the air with HEPA and activated carbon filters and can manage this for 4 hours on a full charge. While it has not yet appeared on Moneual's site, we figure it would be a perfect product if they could just get it to suck up those dust bunnies under the bed.
Toshiba has joined in the robot vacuum arena with the Smarbo. The VC-BR100 has 38 gyro and infrared sensors, a camera and accelerometers to map out where it has been so it doesn't clean the same space. Cleaning is accomplished in parallel lines and it can handle 1076 sq. ft. in a 90 minute cycle. When finished or stopped, it returns to its starting point. All that technology will cost you. Sales will start in Japan in October with a price of $1,175.
In order to draw attention to its Mint, Evolution Robotics staged a dance routine with a dozen of them. On display at the CES, they robotically got down to "Boom Boom Pow" by the Black Eyed Peas during a Las Vegas fashion show. This video clearly shows the swiffer-like cleaners' versatility but you have to wonder who came up with the idea and laboriously choreographed the routine. It may be one reason that it won the Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Award.
IRobot has a new Roomba designed for that nasty area around your toilet or other tight places. The 3.5 x 6.5" Scooba 230 will be out this spring at a price of $299.99 and has a 3-stage cleaning system that washes, scrubs and squeegees floors. The company will debut the system at the CES 2011 along with its new The Roomba 700 series.
It's Roomba Holiday Time! Whether you prefer a basic 530 Roomba, Dirt Dog or 532 Pet Series, iRobot offers all kinds of specials, including free shipping on purchases over $50.00 and a free hard floor cleaner with Scooba purchase.
iRobot introduced its 5th generation Roomba at a recent a press event in New York, built with modular parts that can easily be replaced. It also has iAdapt technology, an internal sensor that "listens' for dirt rather than mapping and memorizing a room.
CEO Colin Angle spoke about the company's chembot being developed by the University of Chicago that he described as a"shape shifting, amorphous, squishable blob that can roll itself."
Kudos also goes to the company that launched their Seaglider, developed at the University of Washington and licensed by iRobot, that is still in the Gulf. It captures and monitors samples to detect oil as far down as 1,000 meters as well as reportng a wide variety of data, including measuring the level of dissolved oxygen.
The Mint has finally arrived. The automatic dusting/wet mopping robot will make you send your babySwiffer to a corner, even though you can use its cleaning cloths when the ones that come with the cleaning bot run out. Developed by NorthStar, its square design helps it in corners and sensors help it adapt to differing environments and floor types. It goes 3 hours on a charge, works under furniture and is mostly low maintenance.
The Neato XV-11 Robot Vacuum Cleaner is finally available to the masses. This robotic vacuum makes mental notes on its surroundings, cleans the perimeter, including corners, then runs back and forth along the center to finish the room by segments. Good for about an hour's worth of work per charge, the Neato will set you back $399.95.
This might be a good time to invest in iRobot stock. The Roomba maker has entered into an agreement with electronic parts maker Jabil Circuit. The company will make, test and supply iRobots consumer products, allowing the bot manufacturer to "diversify key elements of our supply chain, provide geographic flexibility to address new markets with localized operations and expand overall capacity to meet growing demands."