Model VR - Canister Vacuum Robots
The patented Vision Robotics' robotic canister vacuum cleaner is the the next, 3rd, generation cleaning concept. The two robot design enables high power cleaning. The large canister houses a full size dust bag, high power motor and a large battery pack. The small cleaning head can clean in tight spaces and is rectangular to clean corners. The use of stereo camera mapping technology enables the vacuum to clean in a thorough and intelligent pattern.
The core concept involves pre-mapping the environment before cleaning. Once the home is mapped, the robot determines the most efficient cleaning path. When the robot notices a change to the room such as moved furniture, it adapts the map and adjusts its cleaning pattern. The ultra-soft cleaning head is able to clean right up to walls and furniture, gently touching the obstacles to clean as much of the floor as possible.
Vision Robotics has a working prototype and is looking for partners to commercialize the technology. The first generation robotic canistor vacuum cleaner was corded for full power. Our sophisticated software enabled the double tethered robot to intelligently and thoruoughly clean. The latest generation prototype is built using the same core software but uses batteries for simpler and faster cleaning. While the current design has many advantages, it also still has considerable room for refinement to optimize the movements for a more pleasing experience.
Here is the battery powered vacuum cleaner vacuuming an entire room. The large canister enables the vacuum to carry enough battery power to thoroughly clean for at least 20 minutes.
These videos show the new vacuum performing some detailed cleaning. Your typical round robots cannot do this.