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Neato Robotics

Neato Robotics is a Silicon Valley-based developer of robotic vacuum-cleaners. Initially formed by Joe Augenbraun, JB Gomez and Linda Hirschhorn Pouliot for the Stanford Entrepreneur’s Challenge, their project sought to address the inefficiencies of algorithm-based navigation systems used by other robovacs on the market. The XV-11, the company’s first official product, was released in 2010 and has since been joined by the XV-21, which includes a brush and blade bristle specifically intended to help remove pet-related allergens.

Both models feature a laser-guided navigation system that performs an infrared scan of the room with its laser eye every five seconds. The 360 degree map developed by this process allows the device to avoid furniture and other obstacles, while vacuuming in straight, overlapping lines.

Neato designs are bagless and instead the vacuum deposits dust and other debris inside a bin that can be removed and emptied. Additional parts and accessories are sold by the company including blade and squeegee, battery and filter replacements packs.

Neato XV-21 Automatic Vacuum

Our Review: Have allergies or pet hair to deal with and looking to try a “neato” robotic vacuum? The intelligent Neato XV-21 Automatic Vacuum can be set for daily cleaning and automatically returns to its base to recharge itself, remembering where it left off. While in design and color it resembles a small Nintendo SNES Read more »