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Samsung Robot Vacuum Cleaner To Invade Europe


Samsung Robot Vacuum Cleaner To Invade Europe

Ever thought the Roomba just wasn't intelligent enough? If so, the new NavibotTM from Samsung could be just the home cleaning droid you're looking for.

This 18in diameter circular robot incorporates an upward facing camera shooting at 30fps and multiple IR sensors round its edges, which it uses to actually map out and learn the layout of a room. Once stored in its memory, the robot then plots out the most efficient route to clean your floor. If it senses it's running out of juice, it will return to its docking station to recharge then carry on where it left off.

Helping the NavibotTM out is the Virtual Guard which lets you either block the hoover from passing a certain point - say the border of one 'room' in an open plan arrangement - or block it until the NavibotTM has finished cleaning the area bounded by the Virtual Guard.

You can also take direct control yourself via the remote or leave it to its own devices using the Auto mode. Max mode is the same as Auto except that it goes over everything twice while Spot lets you place the cleaner precisely where you want it and it will continually cover the same area. You can also set the robot to do its thing at a certain time to keep disturbance to a minimum.

Two inward rotating brushes help the NavibotTM reach into the corners and direct the detritus into the main rotor while the sprung rubber wheels should cope with most conventional home flooring situations. That said, all the usual caveats for this sort of cleaner do apply: it's of limited power, has a very small capacity, does take a while to get the job done, and can't cope with stairs.

Available imminently, the NavibotTM can be yours for €399 if you want the conventionally buttoned version with one Virtual Guard or €499 if you want the touch sensitive buttoned version with two Virtual Guards. Expensive? Yes. Superfluous? Almost definitely. Do we still want one? Of course.

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Hamish Campbell

February 24, 2010, 4:36 pm

But who would win between this and Roomba in Robot Wars?


February 24, 2010, 4:55 pm

I'm gunna wait until they release a humanoid do-it-all robot that can handle my existing dyson.


February 24, 2010, 7:42 pm

The biggest complain I have with my Roomba is how difficult and how often it is to clean the unit itself (mainly because of hair). It's come to a point where I seldom use my Roomba. I hope Samsung addresses this issue.


February 24, 2010, 9:39 pm

@WyWyWyWy: how difficult and how often it is to clean the unit itself

Have to agree with you there, and you have to use that red scraper thing constantly.

The other issue is that it constantly needs emptying, would be nice if they was a docking station were it could empty itself. Even though it has a timer system, it's currently next to useless while it has these issues.

Al 2

February 25, 2010, 1:15 pm

It doesn't look like it has the capacity to hold even the results of one evening with a packet of digestives. Never mind the cream crackers.


February 25, 2010, 9:59 pm

Woww.. Samsung bought a Roomba and basically changed the branding and paintwork. I cant think of a more obviously blatant case of design cloning. Potential for a lawsuit here..? The remote, guard unit and the robot itself - all identical to Roomba

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