Neato launches XV-15 in the UK

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As we reported earlier this year, Neato is coming to Europe in 2011. As a first step, Neato has introduced the XV-15 in the UK with definite plans to expand to other countries as well. Details have not yet been revealed, though. The new robot is identical to the XV-11 sold in the US, except the color. The XV-15 is blue, while the original version was green.

Neato XV-11 was the first publicly available cleaning robot from the Silicon Valley-based Neato Robotics, and also the first to use laser beams for navigation purposes. With the help of the laser, the robot is able to map the area and navigate in the map without running in unnecessary cleaning cycles. The XV-15, as its American sibling, comes with a docking station that provides automatic charging and the possibility for smart scheduling.

The Neato XV-15 will be available through selected retailers (including amazon.co.uk) during this summer for a suggested retail price of £379.99 (inlcuding VAT).

Press release: 

NEATO ROBOTICS LAUNCHES NEW ROBOTIC
VACUUM CLEANER TO KEEP BRITISH HOMES NEAT AND CLEAN

The Neato XV-15’s laser-mapping technology and powerful multi-floor vacuum system
saves people time by making home cleaning easy, thorough and convenient

London, U.K. 22 June, 2011 – Neato Robotics®, a company based in Silicon Valley, California that is pioneering new products to free people from household chores, today announced the launch of the Neato XV-15™ home robot vacuum cleaners in the U.K. This is the first time a Neato Robotics vacuum cleaner will be available outside the U.S.

Based on advanced technologies that make the robot spatially aware of its surroundings through its laser-mapping system, Neato Robotics engineers have created a simply smarter robot that thoroughly cleans all types of floors and carpets with a push of a button or on a pre-scheduled basis without its owner(s) even being home. The Neato XV-15 multi-floor vacuum system is designed to meticulously clean homes on a daily basis; ensuring spotless surfaces and more free time for its owners. It is the ultimate home appliance for everyone including working adults, pet owners, senior citizens, busy families and gadget fans.

Using its laser-mapping technology, the new robotic vacuum cleaner has a 360-degree view of a room, allowing it to see its surroundings and then map the most efficient cleaning path by analysing walls, furniture, doorways and other obstacles up to four meters away. It avoids most obstacles that other domestic robots can only detect by impact. Once it outlines the designated area, the Neato XV-15 covers the perimeter first, and then methodically cleans inside it using a back-and-forth pattern to ensure complete floor coverage and a neatly-groomed pattern on carpets.

The energy it conserves through cleaning efficiency has been redirected to the world’s most powerful robotic vacuum system. At the vacuum’s core is a centrifugal compression impeller that follows jet engine airflow principles. It creates sustained, high-powered suction, allowing the Neato XV-15 to thoroughly pick up dirt, debris, and pet hair with unprecedented cleaning performance.1

“The Neato XV-15 is a real vacuum that’s designed to provide complete floor coverage so your high standards are not compromised,” says Avril Murphy, vice president of sales and marketing EMEA, Neato Robotics. “Not only that, but these advanced technologies have been designed to offer real lifestyle benefits, saving you time and taking the effort out of household chores.”

Some of the other innovative features and benefits of the Neato XV-15 multi-floor robotic vacuum cleaner include:

  • Scuff-free navigation: The robot’s laser-mapping technology constantly updates its internal map so it can accurately detect objects greater than four inches in height and carefully clean around them without damaging furniture and walls.
  • Low-profile access: The robotic vacuum cleaner’s low profile (less than four inches high) allows it to clean under beds, sofas, and kick boards in the kitchen.
  • Smart design and large dirt bin: The Neato XV-15’s D-shape is equipped with a forward-positioned wide brush allows it to better clean the corners and edges of a room compared to other circular-shaped robots with short, centrally-positioned brushes. This industrial design also allows for a larger dirt bin (660cc or .65 litres)
  • Self-docking to re-power: After completing its cleaning, the robot returns automatically to its base to re-charge itself. By utilising the charging base, the Neato XV-15 is charged and ready to go when it’s needed most.
  • Cleaning scheduler: With its easy-to-use interface, consumers can schedule the robot to clean every day, keeping homes spic and span.

Availability and Pricing

Neato Robotics XV-15 is available for pre-order today from Neato Robotics and will be available to purchase through select retailers including www.amazon.co.uk during the summer. The suggested retail price is £379.99 inc VAT. For more information, please visit www.neatorobotics.co.uk

Comments

Great news! Hopefully they will improve build quality as well.

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