XV-11 robo-vacuum, appropriately from Neato Robotics

Neato_XV-11_on-carpetI’m not certain if you’ve ever heard of Neato Robotoics before, but they have created one neato robot vacuum cleaner with the XV-11. It uses Room Positioning System (RPS) Technology that implements laser vision to map the user’s entire floor space and avoid obstacles.

When I say avoid obstacles, I’m not talking about bumping into them to discover that they are there. Special sensors pick up the object beforehand, which results in a “smarter robot that thoroughly cleans an area in less time”. The XV-11 is designed after jet engines, which means that it is one bad sucker.

The RPS Technology gives the XV-11 a 360-degree of the room, and then it learns a cleaning process with SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) in order to find the best and most efficient path to clean for the user.

Once it has finished cleaning, the XV-11 will automatically return to its original charger base, so it can recharge itself for when it will be used again. The user can program it with the cleaning scheduler program to make certain the XV-11 cleans once a day, if he or she likes.

They had the XV-11 on display at Pepcom, a huge press event that takes place before the main conference at CES. It seemed to make a piece of carpet look like new, and it left some interesting swirling pattern.

The Neato Robotics XV-11 should be available for purchase around February 4 for a price of $399.