Asus Gets Into Robot Vac Game With ECleaner

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News Posted: Sun, Dec 27 2009 4:35 AM
Asus, making vacuum cleaners? What on Earth is the world coming to? Weknow 2012 is supposed to bring about some fairly crazy happenings, butwe aren't even out of 2009 yet! As the Roombas dominance in the roboticvac arena streaks towards its end, Asus--a mainstay in the consumer PCmarket--has decided to take a shot at ousting the king. For years now,the robotic vacuum has been synonymous with the Roomba name, but allthat could be changing with the introduction of the ECleaner.

This announcement comes just a week after Neato Robotics introduced itsown Roomba competitor, and it should retail first in China and Taiwan(by the end of the month, actually). It will be made available throughAsus' AGAiT Technology subsidiary, and much like the iconic Roomba, itwill be circular in shape and will suck the dust/dirt right out of yourcarpet without you having to stand behind and push/tug. We're told thatit will include a "6000-hour UV light for disinfecting the floor, aslot for spreadingfragrance and a remote control that fits neatly on top of the vacuum."



Outside of that, details have been tough to come by. The vac will boasta few pre-programmed patterns, but it remains to be seen what exactlyAsus has going on inside in terms of mapping. Have a look at the videobelow to get an idea of what this could bring to your flooring, butdon't get too excited until we hear an official US price/release date (though it should sell for around $150 overseas).


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This is new for Asus on another front... they usually don't make stuff that sucks! ;P

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ClemSnide replied on Tue, Dec 29 2009 9:49 AM

Oh? Maybe my K8U-X motherboard was an exception. I just feel sorry for the people who have some minor glitch in their ECleaner and have to get technical support: "We are sorry but you will have to contact the maker of your floor to ensure compatibility."


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@recoveringknowitall LOLOL, good one!

You might even say they're sweeping the floor with the competition!

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Well it looks cooler than the roomba.

I have never seen a roomba work, but this just looks like it goes in random spots. Vacuuming one spot 5 times and skipping others.

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"Vacuuming one spot 5 times and skipping others."

Spot on! Smile

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acarzt replied on Fri, Jan 15 2010 3:09 PM

lol.... I wonder How long it would take this thing to actuall vacuum the whole house?

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Depends...do you have a trained kitty pilot?

 

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