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Neato XV-11 firmware upgrade v2.6

Neato XV-15

Another month, another firmware upgrade for Neato robots. Neato Robotics has released another firmware upgrade to its popular XV-11 (XV-12 and XV-15) vacuum cleaning robot. Firmware version 2.6 promises very little, and the changes seem to address the docking procedure and the way the robot stays on the dock while charging. (Interestingly firmware version 2.4 was promising the exact same thing.) The latest upgrade includes all the previous improvements as well, and is compatible with all three variants of the XV series from firmware version 1.0 and up.

Zucchetti Ambrogio L75 Deluxe

Zucchetti Ambrogio L75 Deluxe

Italian robotic lawn mower maker has announced today a new addition to its Ambrogio line, called Ambrogio L75 Deluxe. The new robot is suitable for lawns up to 600 sq m (6500 sq ft) and uses a perimeter wire (100 m of wire and 100× pegs are included) to mark the boundaries. Ambrogio L75 comes with a docking station that provides automatic charging (does not cover the robot itself) of the robot's 2.3 Ah lithium-ion battery.

Samsung Navibot S SR8950 and SR8980 soon to be available in Europe

Samsung Navibot S SR8980

As our friends at Kelrobot.fr has pointed out a few days ago, Samsung has started preparation for the launch of the new Navibot S models in select countries in Europe. At the time of announcement it wasn't clear how many different models will make it to the European market, but currently we can see two model numbers showing up in web stores.

Evolution Robotics Mint II

Evolution Robotics Mint II (with Pro Clean)

Evolution Robotics has slightly upgraded its original Mint cleaning robot to accommodate the Pro-Clean Reservoir Pad introduced with Mint Plus in September. The newly designed pad holds a cleaning fluid tank to keep the cleaning cloth wet during mopping, allowing Mint Plus to cover 33 sq m (350 sq ft) instead of 23 sq m (250 sq ft). Now the original Mint is also available with this pad for those who don't need the room-to-room navigation, pause/resume function and quick cleaning modes of the Mint Plus.

Neato update improves docking and charging

A few hours ago Neato has published another firmware update to the Neato XV-11 robotic vacuum cleaner. The new firmware should improve docking and the ability to return to the dock when the connection is lost for any reason. This update includes all the previous improvements of the 2.1 firmware and can be used without updating to that version as well.

Preparing Solar Breeze for winter

Its almost winter time in the norther hemisphere, what means we need to change a few things in the backyard. Where snow and sub-zero temperatures are a regular guests during the winter, both lawn mower and pool cleaner robots must be stored in a no-frost area during the winter. But those lucky people who can enjoy their patio even during the winter months, can continue on using their Solar Breeze as well to keep the pool nice and tidy.

Over a million robots shipped in 9 months

iRobot Scooba 230

iRobot has published 3rd quarter results yesterday showing an unexpected growth in many of the business aspects. Third quarter revenue was up by 28% on a year over year basis, and net income has also doubled during this period (mainly due to a one-time tax benefit of $2.3 million). The Home Robot Division takes about 3/4 of total revenue, and due to declining governmental orders, the importance of home robots is expected to raise next year.

Agait E-Clean has been expanded with 3 new models

Agait E-Clean EC Mini

Agait, a subsidiary of Taiwanese computer company Asus has released three new robots to the global markets. Agait E-Clean EC01 Enhanced, as its name implies is a refreshed version of the original EC01. It got a new design to attract more western buyers, and now supports daily scheduling. Other than these changes, the model seems to be identical to the model we have reviewed (and not recommended) earlier. The robot is still expensive, costs $299 each.

Neato XV-12 exclusively for Target

Neato XV-12

Neato today announced another iteration of the original Neato XV-11 robotic vacuum cleaner. XV-12, the new model, is sold exclusively in Target, and other than its color, it seems to be identical to the original robot. It is safe to assume, that the robot will be shipped with the latest firmware version (v2.1), that is also available to all XV-11 robots sold earlier. The Misty White version of the Neato robot will be available in 1,750 Target stores in the US from October 16 for the shelf price of $399.

Cross the Pacific Ocean without refueling

Liquid Robotics Wave Glider

Liquid Robotics, the creator of the original Wave Glider marine robot, announced a Pacific Crossing (PacX) Challange open to scientists. Liquid Robotics will release four Wave Gliders along the shores of Northern California this fall that will travel together to Hawaii where they will separate. Some will travel to Japan, the rest will attempt to reach Australia. Liquid Robotics invite scientists to help to explore the most they can on this never before attempted journey.

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