Evolution Robotics, the maker of the Mint floor cleaner is a relatively small robot technology developer from south California. They provide a software development platform, visual pattern recognition systems and autonomous navigation technologies to those companies that wish to build their own utility robots. Mint, the automatic floor cleaning robot is the company’s only commercial product, mostly a demonstration of core technologies they provide. Mint was announced during CES 2010 in Las Vegas and went on sale in september, same year. In Europe Mint is sold as Dirt Devil Evo M678.
Mint cleans hard surface floors by pushing a cloth around, but instead of running in a random pattern, it covers the floor in a systematic manner. When the cloth is dry, the robot works as a sweeper, while with wet cloth is more like a mopper. Due to the methodical cleaning style, it works only as much as needed, not a minute more. When done, Mint returns to the starting point.
Mint comes in a neat, mid size box. Compared to the robot itself, the box is rather large, but it’s not your regular boring box. The whole block opens into two separate sections. The robot is in the lower, smaller one, while the accessories are stored in the upper, larger section. The box itself is clever, although it is wasting a lot of space.
The robot has no docking station, no storage mat, no remote control, no virtual wall and no carrying case.