May 24, 2016

Home-AutomationThanks to robotics and the Internet of Things (IoT), consumers are starting to get closer to living like the Jetsons. Although the tech and manufacturing sector hasn’t completely recreated Rosie the Robot, they have brought to market a variety of products that can help tidy up around the house. Some of the products include:

  • Vacuums—Robotic vacuum cleaners have been around for a few years, yet recent advances in technology have refined the machines. One of the improvements is an enabled WiFi connection, allowing consumers to schedule and control their vacuums from their smartphones. Additionally, some vacuums have improved directional ability; instead of the once random patterns early models relied upon; advanced floor mapping allows robotic vacuums to work on a set grid, resulting in more uniformity in cleaning. One such model is the Neato connected botvac from Neato Robotics (
  • Mops – iRobot ( not only brought to market the popular Roomba robotic vacuum, but they have a line of mopping robots as well. The Braava 300 series can cover larger areas, while the new Braava jet is built for tackling smaller spaces, such as bathrooms.
  • Gutters—iRobot has also moved into outdoor cleaning as well. Looj takes care of cleaning the gutters for the consumer by propelling itself through the channel and utilizing its auger to break up and throw out debris. Looj can be used in either automatic mode, or by remote control.
  • Windows—Windows may no longer be a chore with Ecovacs Robotics Winbot window-cleaning robot (
  • Cat Box—And while not too many people would enjoy cleaning out a cat litter box, products like the Litter Robot self-cleaning litter box takes a lot of the yuck factor (and some of the hazards) out of scooping up after kitty.

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