I’m a UX Designer at Atlassian in Sydney, Australia.
I’ve also spoken about design at conferences & meetups, freelanced for a number of clients, and competed in Startup Weekend. I'm the founder of UX Design Day.
A few weeks ago I bought a Neato Signature XV robot vacuum cleaner on recommendation from a colleague.
I call him Mo.
I got Mo on eBay and he cost me about $500 AUD all up, including $100 for shipping from the USA to Sydney.
What’s awesome about Neato’s robots compared to a Roomba is that they are actually smart. Rather than simply running around and bumping into shit like a headless chicken, the Neato scans the room with an IR ‘turret’ on its head first, and then starts methodically cleaning in a pattern.
First Mo will do the outside of the room all the way around the edges, and then clean in rows across the room.
Mo will return to base when he’s low on battery, charge up, and then continue where he left off. He’s also got a square head and a round bum which means he gets into corners well. He’s very determined, especially with furniture, and will do his best to clean around legs of a table or chair a few times. He’s small enough to get underneath the bed and sofa which is an enormous win for a clumsy giant like me.
The suction is great (he does well on my thick rug), and Mo has no problem going from my hardwood floor to the rug. While he’s not the fastest (it takes around 10 minutes to do my medium sized bedroom, or 35 minutes to do the lounge, kitchen, and hallway), he has great attention to detail and cleans 90% of the floor area.
Another nifty thing about Mo is his drop sensors. I have a balcony off my apartment and sometimes leave the door open on a hot day. Mo will approach the doorway to the balcony but won’t go over since there is about a 3” gap.
It takes a little bit of time to adjust to having a robot vacuum cleaner. You’ll need to make sure clothes and cables aren’t left lying around since they get trapped in his sweeping brush. If I want to do a really good clean I’ll chuck the foot rests and stools up on our table.
Overall, I’m super impressed by Mo and have come to love my little vacuum cleaning robot. I feel like my house cleaning effectiveness has doubled since he can vacuum the floors while I clean other stuff.
Good work Neato!