The Neato Botvac Connected D7 is distinct from all the other Neato Robot vacuums in that it has a feature called Floorplanner with no go lines.
Where you set up a floor plan by running the vacuum like normal and then you can draw lines with your fingers on the app creating areas that the robot wont go.
I have to tell you this is much more than a cool feature I think it is a game changer in robot vacuum technology which I will talk about more in a second.
I have superimposed the maps I made with the actual path the robot took and you can see that it is extremely accurate.
The reason this is such a big deal is that every house is going to have a number of areas that cause the robot vacuum trouble, and there have been lots of ways companies have tried to deal with this from magnetic strips to the Virtual wall barriers that the Roombas use.
But because the no go lines are basically unlimited barriers and because it seems to be so accurate, it makes scheduling a cleaning when you are not at the house so much more effective.
Because no matter how good the robot vacuum is, Half of the time you will come home to a robot vacuum stuck on a cord or a rug or under a bed, and the whole purpose of scheduling a cleaning is defeated. but with this feature you can plan an entirely safe route for the robot, you could even use to only clean one or two rooms at a time, it will save a ton of battery life too, since the Neato D7 wont be spending inordinate amounts of time navigating around a difficult obstacle.
I am pretty sure all the other companies are going to have to come up with a similar technology in order to compete, because once people recognize what this technology can do they wont want a robot vacuum without it.
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