Cleaning your own home is so tedious and unpleasant, but paying people to do it can get expensive over time. If only there were some way to enslave a small robot and make it clean up after you. Actually, that's been a thing for years. The Neato Botvac D7 is new, though. This robot vacuum comes with voice assistant integrations and smart features most enslaved robots can only dream about.

The Neato Botvac D7 has an embedded laser system to help it navigate through rooms. It can even map an area so it makes sure to find every nook and cranny. You can use the map to mark certain areas as "No-Go Zones" where cleaning is not necessary. It's allegedly good as a vacuum, too. Neato cites the "SpinFlow" cleaning technology as more efficient than other vacuums.

There's a Neato app for Android that lets you control the robot, and it even works on Android Wear. Assistant is supported via the Neato service, but you can also use Alexa, IFTTT, and the Neato Facebook bot to control the robot. If you want to lock this little robot in your house and make it clean, you can pick one up at Best Buy or Bed Bath & Beyond. It retails for a whopping $799.

Press Release

NEWARK, Calif., March 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Neato Robotics, a leader in smart robots for the home, today announces the availability of the Neato Botvac D7 Connected across North America and Europe, from March 13th, 2018.

The Neato Botvac D7 Connected cleans large spaces efficiently and dependably. It picks up dirt, hair, and allergens for the deepest clean you can get.

Neato CEO Matt Petersen, comments, “We believe our new flagship robot, the Neato Botvac D7 Connected, is a significant step forward for the in home robotic vacuum market. The Botvac D7 Connected comes with Neato FloorPlanner™, and features the coveted ‘No-Go’ Lines functionality. What’s most exciting is that future software enhancements will relentlessly keep improving the way the robot vacuum performs and interacts with consumers. Our mission at Neato, is to create products that seamlessly fit into customers' lives, and that’s why we continue to innovate to deliver on this goal. At Neato we are constantly looking at how we can work harder to understand consumers’ needs, to create products that solve real problems, and give them cleaner healthier homes.”

With the Botvac D7 Connected, we also are introducing Neato FloorPlanner, our exclusive technology that enables users to set virtual ‘No-Go’ Lines to tell the robot where not to go.  No-Go Lines, which can be set-up using a smartphone, remove the need for any physical barriers, and are especially useful to tell the robot to avoid children’s play places, temporary holiday decorations, pet areas, or other locations where the robot should not clean.  Overall, this provides a new level of freedom for the user to achieve a convenient and careful clean every day.

Neato’s patented LaserSmart™ technology allows the Botvac D7 Connected to navigate through multiple rooms with incredible precision, even in the dark. The new Botvac D7 Connected features robust suction, an ultra-performance filter, turbo mode and improved brush system for the most advanced SpinFlow™ cleaning power. Only Neato robot vacuums use this intelligent technology, with its unique D-shape design to do deliver a deep, efficient clean in less time than other robots.

The Botvac D7 Connected can be controlled by the Neato App for iOS and Android, which offers a modern look and feel, alerts and a cleaning summary with detailed Coverage Maps, so users can see exactly where the robot vacuum has cleaned.  In addition, the Apple Watch and Android Wear devices are supported.

With Neato’s SmartLife™ integration, the Botvac D7 Connected can also be controlled with voice assistants including Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Wider integration and control is also possible through IFTTT, Neato Chatbot for Facebook.

Availability and Pricing
The Neato Botvac D7 Connected will be listed at a suggested retail price point of $799 / €899 and available on both online and retail partners in North America and Europe from March 13, 2018.

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