News Archive: May 2012

LG Hom-Bot 3.0 (VR1229RB)

LG Hom-Bot 3.0

According to a short review on (via LG is preparing to announce the third generation of the Hom-bot robot line. The Hom-bot 3.0 seems to be an entirely new generation with a square shape and longer side brushes. The main concept behind the robot is unchanged: it uses state of the art technology to systematically clean all the floor in the house.

John Deere Tango E5 lawn mower robot

John Deere Tango E5

John Deere, the well known maker of gardening equipments has also entered into the robotic lawn mower market with the introduction of the John Deere Tango E5. The robot is designed for large private gardens up to 1800 sq m (19,400 sq ft) and has a pretty competitive features list. It uses perimeter wires to detect the area, and bounces randomly between borders and objects on the lawn. The Tango E5 is equipped with all the necessary sensors, like lift, tilt and bumper sensor, and has a pin code and loop lock feature to prevent theft.

Zucchetti Ambrogio Nemo pool cleaning robot

Zucchetti Nemo pool cleaner

A few days ago Zucchetti Centro Sistemi, the Italian maker of Ambrogio lawn mower robots has posted a teaser on one of their Facebook pages about a new product. Although the post was since removed, here are the publicly available details of this new mysterious product.

Gardena R40Li lawn mower robot

Gardena R40Li

In last September Gardena, a popular brand of Husqvarna has introduced its own lawn mower the Gardena R40Li to the market (I missed at that time). The robot was designed to autonomously handle the lawn mowing in small gardens up to 400 sq m (4,300 sq ft). The shape of the mower and the large STOP button on the top quickly reveal that this robot is a modified version of the Husqvarna Automower 305, announced approximately a year ago.

Sharp Cocorobo RX-V100 and RX-V80

Sharp Cocorobo RX-V100

Sharp has finally done what all Japanese technology companies should have done years ago: announced the first truly Japanese vacuum cleaning robots. The new Sharp Cocorobo family consists of two very similar cleaning bots that share the same design principles but offer slightly different capabilities. Both robots are driven by the same artificial intelligence, called Cocoro engine, and both provide the same air purification via Sharp's patented ionizer technology called Plasmacluster.

Panasonic Head Care Robot in Action

Panasonic Hair Washing Robot

Panasonic has started the first real life tests of the new 24 finger hair washing robot announced last September during CEATEC. The robot was put in use at Super Hair Seo in Nishinomiya (Hyogo Prefecture), and it will serve clients there for about two months.

Polaris 9400 Sport and Polaris 9100 Sport

Polaris 9400 Sport

Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc, the maker of the popular Polaris pool cleaning robots has recently updated its product line with two new models. The Polaris 9400 Sport is the top of the line model with a new four-wheel drive system and accelerometers for better understanding of the pool size and shape. The new drive system allows the robot to climb on stairs more easily, while the cleaning path optimization allowed by the ActivMotion Sensor provides 20% shorter cleaning cycles. The Polaris 9400 Sport cleans pools up to 15 m (50 ft) in length. Cable length is 18 m (60 ft).

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