iRobot Roomba 980: connected and systematic

iRobot Roomba 980

Similarly to Samsung and Neato the maker of the Roomba also made the leap to a connected world. The Roomba 980, the latest addition to the iRobot Roomba line, comes with a built in Wi-Fi adapter that allows the owner to access the device using a smartphone app. The robot can be started remotely, and the owner can check on the progress of the robot during cleaning. Setting the schedule is also available through the iOS and Android apps.

Neato Botvac Connected

Neato Botvac Connected

I was expecting Neato bring its newly announced Botvac D series to Berling (IFA), but we got a little more than the slightly facelift Botvac series.

The new Botvac Connected is the new flagship of the American company offering - surprise - Wi-Fi connectivity. It is probably the hottest keyword in robotics these days, no wonder all companies are updating their product lines with at least one connected model.

Performance bumped Robomows for 2016

Robomows at IFA 2015 in Berlin

For first sight the new Robomow line looks exactly like the one I saw in Berling last year. The outer shell of the robots remain the same, but an important improvement allowed the company to restructure its offering.

Samsung PowerBot VR9200J

Samsung PowerBot VR9200J

Samsung has added Wi-Fi capability to its top of the line vacuum cleaning robot the PowerBot. The new model, called PowerBot VR9200J was the star of the company’s boot as far as robotics concerned.

The cleaning technology did not change since last year. Samsung is still using the powerful cyclone technology, only the handling of the robot got a bit easier. The Samsung VR9200J robot can be controlled and scheduled from a smartphone running Samsung’s app.

Neato Botvac line refreshed

Neato extended its product line with the new Botvac D series. According to the press release the new robots, that come in black and white variants, will have a new blade bar that promises quieter operation on hard floor surfaces. The blades are slightly twisted around the axis of the bar which will not be compatible with earlier Neato versions.

Friendly Robotics Robomow RS612

Friendly Robotics Robomow booth at IFA 2014

For the first glance the booth of Friendly robotics was exactly the same as last year. I have to admit I missed the new model all together. Fortunately I got some help immediately, so the change didn’t stay unnoticed.

The core technologies were not altered in the last 12 months, except the drive motors that will be brushless from the 2015 model year. This will increase the durability of the robots.

Moneual ME770 and RoboSpin

Moneual booth at IFA 2014

A year ago the opening on the top of Moneual's hybrid robot was only an ornament, now it hides a very important navigation element: the camera. With this simple step Moneual moved into the arena of systematically cleaning robots.

Dyson 360 Eye

Dyson 360 Eye

Yesterday Dyson has finally revealed its very first robotic vacuum cleaner. Rumors were out for several years about this robot before Dyson officially published a short teasing video about a new product with a panoramic vision just a few days ago. The result is not only promising, but as technology goes, it is also very unique.

Winbot W830 és Winbot W930

Ecovacs Windoro W830

I haven't seen any official announcement yet, but some new products have already appeared on the official IFA website under Ecovacs' name. While the robotic vacuum cleaners seem to be identical to the ones I saw last year, the popular Winbot window cleaner robot lineup will be refreshed this year.

Dyson Project N223

Dyson Project N223

The Dyson name has long been in the rumor mill when it comes to robotic vacuum cleaners, but up till now we had nothing particular in hand to support the hopes. Dyson's latest video changed that a bit.


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