What is a “Robot” Vacuum Cleaner?
A robot vacuum cleaner does exactly what you are thinking – it vacuums. Unlike your conventional vacuum cleaner however, this one is slightly different… it’s smart. “Intelligence” in this case does not mean it has the capacity of a human; it simply does what you need it to do without any human input or control and is able to adapt to its surroundings.
A robot vacuum cleaner will vacuum your hard floors and carpets and keep the dirt in a bin to be emptied later. When it has finished, many robot vacuums are capable of finding and settling on their docking station or alternative. Often times, the robot even “speaks” to you to inform you that it is done cleaning.
What does it look like?
Most robot vacuum cleaners like the LIECTROUX are circular, 3 to 4 inches high and roughly 12 inches in diameter. On the top of most units you will find the control panel with one or two buttons, though others may have several. Some models have an LCD monitor the robot’s status and help you with visual feedback when providing your robot with cleaning instructions. On the front of many robotic vacuums is a half moon shaped spring-loaded or light touch bumper depending on the brand and model. The bumper serves as a sensor for obstacles (walls, furniture, etc.). The Neato robotic vacuum and a few others have a flat front to accommodate a long flat brush at the front.