Neato XV-11 coming to clean living rooms this week

The Roomba has a new competitor. Neato Robotics has debuted the Neato XV-11, which is another one of their products that will "free people from household chores." But it doesn't do dishes.

The Roomba has a new competitor. Neato Robotics has debuted the Neato XV-11, which is another one of their products that will "free people from household chores." But it doesn't do dishes.

Basically, the Neato XV-11 gets a 360-degree view of the target room, and then maps out a cleaning plan. It follows the route, and then backtracks to get every little piece of dust from every nook and cranny it possibly can. The petite vacuum is less than four inches tall, so it should be able to fit under almost everything.

Best of all, it can be scheduled when to clean - even daily if you're really messy. Once finished, the Neato XV-11 returns to the dock by itself for charging.

The bad news is that this useful little gadget has quite a large price tag: $399. New orders should be ready for shipping by mid-July, but I might be sticking with my broom and dustpan for awhile.

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