Look, let’s be honest. We all know that at some point in the future robots will rise up and enslave the human race. This is exactly why I live in the moment, trying to enjoy the freedom we have today. Thankfully I actually have more freedom today, because I enslaved a robot to clean my house for me yesterday. Ironic, no?
We have reviewed toy robots, educational robots, flying robots – but finally we review a robot that will clean your house. Say hello to the Neato Botvac D80…
Please watch our full review of the Neato Botvac D80 Robotic Vacuum -
This Not The Robotic Vacuum Of Years Past
Robotic vacuums are not new. Those Roomba circular vacuums have been around for years. The problem with past robotic vacuums is that they were not very smart and actually not very good at cleaning. They acted like a pinball bouncing off eveything in the room and barely sucking anything up. The promise of robotic vacuums was far greater than the reality.
The Neaton Botvac D80 actually delivers on the promise of a smart robotic vacuum that cleans your house while you sleep. Here are the key features of the Botvac D80 –
- LaserSmart mapping and navigation system scans and maps the room, plans, and methodically cleans – instead of bumping around.
- D-Shape design with CornerClever technology gets close to walls and into corners.
- SpinFlow Power Clean combines potent suction and precision brushes to leave floors immaculately clean. Includes both combo brush, spiral blade brush, and side brush.
- Maximum hair pickup. Picks up more pet hair than other bots.
- Auto-Charge & Resume lets your robot clean room to room; when it needs more power, it automatically returns to charge, then returns to where it left off & finishes the job.
We Knew D Shapes Were Cool!
Giant D’s are kind of our thing…
So the D Shape design of the Botvac D80 fit perfectly in our home.
The thing is, the D shape is not just a nod to Dads…it is actually the key to the functionality of this robotic vacuum. By having a D shape, instead of an O shape, this bot can easily get right up to the edge of a room and navigate corners. This translates into a cleaner room – from wall to wall – with no missed spots.
You Will Need to Pickup The Toys Before Setting the Botvac D80 Loose
I wish I could say the Botvac D80 was able to navigate around Nerf darts and lego pieces, but that is not the case. Before setting the Botvac loose on your house, you will need to pickup the toys and other tidbits lying on the floor. A small price to pay in exchange for a bot that will clean your house while you sleep – but something to be aware of.
As we show in the video, one of the coolest things about the Botvac D80 is the ability to set a schedule for it to clean your house. You can have it start cleaning every other day at 8pm and it will just go room to room. It is even smart enough to go back to its base and recharge when the battery runs low…then pickup where it left off. The one catch, you just need to remember to have the junk off the ground before the scheduled cleaning times. Then again, keeping junk off the ground is probably a good practice to start anyway.
The Future Does Not Come Cheap
We love our Botvac D80. There is something just wild about watching a robot come to life, clean your house and then go back to its docking station. At $499, owning your own robotic vacuum is not a minor expense. If you really hate vacuuming, paying $500 to have a robot do your cleaning so you can do more productive tasks, can be pretty easy to justify. If you need more justification…treat the Botvac D80 nicely and he might suck up the nano-robots of the future that pop out of your heating ducts and try to enslave you.
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