|[March 14, 2014]
Neato Robotics Announces BotVac™ - the Most Powerful, Intelligent and Stylish Home Robot Available Anywhere
NEWARK, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Spring cleaning just got a lot easier with the announcement today by Neato
Robotics of the new Neato
BotVac™ Robot Vacuum, a robot so intelligent that it can navigate
and clean all the floors in a home without the owner having to lift a
finger or even be at home.
The Neato BotVac 85 robot vacuum, one of the models in the new Neato BotVac family. (Photo: Business Wire)
The stylish new family of high-performance home robots uses advanced
robotic technology and thoughtful design to vacuum homes thoroughly
and methodically, making them the most intelligent and powerful home
robots available anywhere. Housed in brilliant white cases with a
beautiful palette of on-trend accent colors, the new BotVac family
offers even greater vacuuming efficiency and capacity for picking up
more dust and allergens that lurk in homes.
The BotVac's brush is 50% larger than those found on other robots,
making it the largest brush available on any robot vacuum. Designed to
hug walls for maximum cleaning power, it cleans within 10 millimeters of
the wall and even includes a side brush to pick up every speck of dust.
Its larger dirt bin holds more captured dirt, dander, pet hair and
allergens and is easy to empty.
"With every advancement in robot technology, we are moving closer to the
day when home robots will be commonplace," said Giacomo Marini, CEO and
Chairman of Neato Robotics. "Our BotVac moves us in that direction and
is our latest example of a home robot that is useful, friendly and
Like Neato's popular Neato
XV™ family of home robot vacuums, the BotVac
features the advanced intelligence and powerful vacuuming suction that
has made Neato home robot vacuums popular among consumers and industry
watchers alike. The Neato BotVac™ and the Neato XV™ families of home
robot vacuums feature:
Smart mapping: Neato's patented laser mapping technology scans and
plans the most efficient vacuuming course. Neato then cleans in an
organized back and forth pattern, leaving the straight vacuum lines in
carpet that consumers love. It knows when to return to its base to
recharge, and then returns to the spot it left off to finish the job.
No other robot vacuum has this intelligence.
Best for pet hair: Neato has been cited by top industry reviewers,
including CNET, as the best robot vacuum for picking up pet hair.
Users can schedule automatic daily cleanings, a feature of particular
value to pet owners who want to keep their homes free of dander.
A real vacuum: Neato robots are built from the ground up to be true
vacuums, not sweepers, with the powerful suction users want from their
Best pricing: Neato
robot vacuums are available in a range of prices, offering the
best price/value in the industry.
Neato's BotVision™ puts previously unreachable technology in the
hands of consumers
The foundation of Neato's robotic technology is its patented Neato
BotVision™, a breakthrough in robotic mapping and navigation.
BotVision uses proprietary navigation software that is based on SLAM
(Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) - the same technology used by
the Google (News - Alert) self-driving car. It also utilizes its own proprietary laser
scanner. This is a milestone achievement - laser scanners alone
typically cost thousands of dollars, but Neato has brought this
technology to a consumer product at an affordable price.
Neato's proprietary laser distance system continually scans a room,
making instant decisions based on input from its external sensors. This
enables Neato robots to create detailed and accurate maps of their
environment and then methodically vacuum in straight lines, instead of
bumping around a room randomly. As a result, Neato cleans a room much
more quickly than other robot vacuums.
In addition, the orderly and directional navigation made possible by
BotVision meant Neato could design a D-shaped robot with three straight
sides and a large brush positioned across the full width of the robot,
not just in a small space in the center of a circle. Because of its
shape, Neato cleans close to the walls and gets into corners.
Pricing and availability
The Neato BotVac series is comprised of four models - The BotVac 70e,
BotVac 75, BotVac 80 and BotVac 85, with different brush and filter
options. BotVacs will become available in mid April 2014 at major
retailers in the United States and Europe, with suggested retail prices
ranging from $479 to $599.
About Neato Robotics
Neato Robotics believes it is possible to create robots smart enough to
perform household chores as intelligently and efficiently as a human.
Neato is dedicated to improving consumers' lives, allowing them to spend
less time cleaning and more time with family and friends. Neato is
driving innovation with products like the Neato Robot Vacuum that are
smarter, more powerful, and more effective than anything previously seen
on the market. For more information, visit http://www.neatorobotics.com/.
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