The iRobot Roomba is an automatic vacuum machine. This home appliance features a high efficiency particulate air filtration device that cleans the air while the machine cleans your floors. It also has a scheduling feature so you can program your iRobot to vacuum at particular times. When it is done cleaning after each scheduled time it will return to it's dock to charge. Prices, as of 2011, range from $279.99 to $599.99. There are other options in the market for robotic vacuum cleaners.
The Laser Guided Robotic Vacuum
Hammacher Schlemmer (hammacher.com) offers a the laser guided robotic vacuum. This vacuum includes an air filter, but also features an on-board laser that identifies walls, furniture, and doorways creating a digital map the robot uses to clean your space while avoiding obstacles. If the battery gets low it will return to its charging station to charge before continuing on with its assigned task. As of 2011 this vacuum retails for $399.95.
P3 International P3-P4960 - V-BOT Robotic Vacuum II
The P3-P4960 - V-BOT Robotic Vacuum II (p3international.com) manufactured by P3 international is a more economical option in terms of robotic vacuums retailing for around $75, as of 2011. It can be used on on floor types. However if you are using it for hard surfaces you must attach the rotating brush attachment which helps to sweep the floors. This vacuum avoids stairs. It does not have scheduling capabilities.
iTouchless AV002A Automatic Intelligent Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
The iTouchless AV002A Automatic Intelligent Robotic Vacuum Cleaner (itouchless.com) will clean all floor types without having to add attachments. It has a smart sensor on the bottom. It also has a light sensor so if it is running low on power or finished cleaning it will not stop in dark areas under furniture it will move to an area that is well lit. It also automatically stops when stuck. As of 2011 this product retails for about $125.
Evolution Robotics Mint Automatic Hard Floor Cleaner, 4200
The Mint Automatic Hard Floor Cleaner 4200 by Evolution Robotics (evolution.com) is only effective on hard surfaces such as hardwood and tile. This cleaner uses two different types of microfiber cleaning cloths to clean your floor, one for mopping and one for sweeping. This product uses the NorthStar Navigation System which works like an indoor GPS. The system helps the robot keep track of where it has been and where it has to go. As of 2011 it retails for around $192.
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