LG’s ‘HOM-BOT Square’ Vacuum Won’t Cut Corners

The Roomba may be the poster child for autonomous household appliances, but you don’t have to be an industrial designer to see it has a major flaw: it’s round. I don’t know about you, but I live in a house made of square and rectangular rooms. There are lots of right angles in which dirt loves to accumulate. While a round robot vacuum does great in wide open space, its shape forces it to cut corners, leaving lots of dust behind.

Enter the new HOM-BOT Square by LG. Featuring improved cleaning technologies and smart capabilities for easy cleaning on virtually any surface, this vac-bot features its own corners so that yours won’t be neglected.

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In addition to a more square-like shape, the HOM-BOT features improved sensors and longer brushes, enabling it to tackle hard-to-reach places, like corners.

While most robotic vacuum cleaners typically have only one camera, LG’s new offering uses two improved Dual Eye 2.0 cameras to plot out a smarter, faster and more efficient cleaning route. Taking several images per second, the upper and lower cameras scan ceilings, walls and floors, even under dim lighting conditions. At the same time, multiple sensors detect obstacles within a 180-degree field, taking hundreds of surface images to help provide collision-free operation.  With a height of just 89 millimeters, the unit’s slim profile enables it to maneuver under most furniture with ease.

Additionally, the improved Lithium Ion battery has a longer life cycle than conventional batteries and has up to 100 minutes of running time, so that owners can enjoy extended periods of automated cleaning and save on battery replacement costs.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog