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Ecovacs Deebot D66 and Deebot D68

Ecovacs Deebot D68

Ecovacs has had two new robotic vacuum cleaners on display at IFA this year. Both models belong to the new Deebot D6 series which goes right between the well known D5 and D7 series. The new models sport scheduling, dust sensors and longer side brushes (by 15 mm). The Deebot D68 has side brushes on both sides, while the D66 comes with only one side brush. The side brushes pop out without any tool, what makes the maintenance of the robot easier (although a coin is still needed to remove the frame of the main brush).

Samsung Navibot Light

Robot section of Samsung booth at IFA 2012

Samsung will have a low cost version of the prevous generation of Navibot robots for Christmas this year. The new Navibot Light model will cost €299-349 depending on the country and the robot version. The robots that run under SR8730 and SR8750 code names will come in dark gray and red faceplates, and the latter one will also have a remote control as an included accessory. Price was reduced by the use of cheaper materials (still looked very good quality) and by eliminating a few features, including scheduling and light guard support.

iRobot Roomba 660

iRobot Roomba 660 (green) with Roomba 650 (black)

As it has turned out today, the new iRobot Roomba 600 series has a nice looking fourth unit, the Roomba 660. The robot itself is identical to the Roomba 650, but comes with a really nice apple green faceplate and an extra maintenance kit. The Roomba 660 has a scheduling option and comes with a virtual wall. All four robots use the same AeroVac dust bin, the newly designed cleaning head module (CHM) of the 700 series and the latest iteration of iAdapt software.

LG Hom-Bot Square (VR6270 LVMB)

LG Hom-Bot 3.0 VR6270 LVMB

LG has officially announced the new square shaped vacuum cleaner model the Hom-Bot Square. The model was previously seen in a short review a few months ago and being referred as Hom-Bot 3.0, but as it turned out today, the official name is LG Hom-Bot Square.

RobotBG.com is live from IFA

IFA 2012

IFA is the other trade show of the year where new home appliances, including household robots are most likely announced. This means that I have to be in Berlin. Last year the IFA was the event where the self-emptying Samsung Navibot S was first shown to the market and the LG Hom-bot 2.0 has also made its debute in Berlin. But Samsung was not the only vacuum cleaner robot on display to clean itself because Ecovacs had the same feature for the first time here at IFA.

Honda Miimo lawn mower robot

Honda Miimo

Honda has recently announced its entrance to the European robotic lawn mower market with the company's first consumer robotic product, the Miimo. Honda Miimo will mow the lawn autonomously in a pre-programmed schedule within the area designated with a perimeter wire. Besides the usual random pattern the robot is able to cover the area in a more systematic pattern as well.

iRobot Roomba 600 series

iRobot Roomba 650

iRobot retires the 5 years old 500 series in favor of the new entry level models of the floor vacuuming robot line, the Roomba 600 series. The new robots look very similar to the older models, but some improvements were made compared to the last version of the 500 series. According to the press release Roomba 600 series models come with AeroVac dust bin and a redesigned brush to improve the way the air pulls hair off the brush. The new dust bin allows the dust to be collected evenly what means that it doesn't have to be emptied that often.

iRobot Roomba 790 official

iRobor Roomba 790

iRobot has officially introduced the Roomba 790 what we have already written about in March. The iRobot Roomba 790 is identical with the Roomba 780, but comes with a light blue face place, a set of spare parts and a wireless command center that mimics the user interface of the robot. Unfortunately this cool gadget and the spare filters with the brushes have pushed the price up to $700 what makes the new Roomba one of the most expensive floor cleaning robots on the market.

Bosch Indego: world's first systematic lawn mower robot

Bosch Indego

According to a machine translated Swedish press release, the German power tool maker Bosch has introduced its very first robotic lawn mower the Bosch Indego in Sweeden. Unlike all the other lawn mowers on the market the Indego mows the lawn methodically, leaving nice stripes on the lawn. The technology used for mapping and navigation is not detailed in the press release, but the list of features suggests that the Bosch Indego works without pre-installed perimeter wire because it is capable of sensing the edges of the lawn (similarly to the Ambrogio L50 robot).

Neato XV-14: price drop in Costco

Neato XV-14

A new version of the Neato XV robotic vacuum cleaner has surfaced in Costco recently. The XV-14 looks identical to the XV-15 sold in Europe, but it comes with a US plug and some spare filters and brushes (3× replacement filters, 6× replacement brush blades and 1 replacement squeegee blade). Despite the rich accessories bundle the robot costs only $299, what is approximately 10% lower than the XV-11 and 25% lower than the XV-12. All three models are exactly the same, except their colors and accessories.

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