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Instead of a disc-shaped design, LG's latest robotic vacuum cleaner has flat sides and corners
Instead of a disc-shaped design, LG's latest robotic vacuum cleaner has flat sides and corners
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Instead of a disc-shaped design, LG's latest robotic vacuum cleaner has flat sides and corners
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Instead of a disc-shaped design, LG's latest robotic vacuum cleaner has flat sides and corners
The new Hom-Bot Square from LG, designed to tackle corners
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The new Hom-Bot Square from LG, designed to tackle corners
The Hom-Bot-Square launch event in Paris attracted over 3,000 visitors
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The Hom-Bot-Square launch event in Paris attracted over 3,000 visitors
The Hom-Bot Square robotic vacuum cleaner launches in Paris
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The Hom-Bot Square robotic vacuum cleaner launches in Paris
A popular attraction at the product launch was a live version of LG's dust-killing internet game
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A popular attraction at the product launch was a live version of LG's dust-killing internet game
Players of the live game at the Paris launch controlled the Hom-Bot Square with a remote to clean up all 15 dusty characters
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Players of the live game at the Paris launch controlled the Hom-Bot Square with a remote to clean up all 15 dusty characters
The dust-killing game score board at the Paris launch
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The dust-killing game score board at the Paris launch
Another player tries to clean up as quickly as possible at the launch of the Hom-Bot Square
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Another player tries to clean up as quickly as possible at the launch of the Hom-Bot Square
The Hom-Bot Square gets right into the game board corners at the launch in Paris
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The Hom-Bot Square gets right into the game board corners at the launch in Paris

Despite the fact that the majority of those reading this live in homes with cornered rooms, the most popular robot vacuum cleaners (including the latest Roomba models) have a distinctly circular shape. While early LG Hom-Bots also followed this trend, there's change in the air. The company debuted its new line of Square cleaners in Place Beaubourg, Paris earlier this week. They will first appear in France ahead of a global launch in 2013.

The flattened disc-shape of today's best-selling robotic vacuum cleaners may well give them the ability to creep under the lowest furniture in our living spaces with ease, but when it comes to corners, they're not so hot. LG aims to solve this shortfall by taking an angular approach to the problem and giving its latest robot cleaner flat sides and corners of its own.

Players of the live game at the Paris launch controlled the Hom-Bot Square with a remote to clean up all 15 dusty characters
Players of the live game at the Paris launch controlled the Hom-Bot Square with a remote to clean up all 15 dusty characters

The 340 x 340 x 89-mm (13.3 x 13.3 x 3.5-inch) Hom-Bot Square features dual camera visual mapping technology called Dual Eye 2.0, corner-detecting sensors, built-in ultrasonic and infrared sensors that allow for effective operative in unlit rooms, and gyroscopic sensor and anti-collision technology to help keep it on course with minimum fuss or interruption. There's a Turbo Mode for an extra performance boost, a Smart Mode which auto detects changes in floor types and alters the system accordingly, and seven zone programs.

The new Corner Master brushes are 1.5 cm (0.5 inch) longer than in the previous model, but the Hom-Bot Square is almost as quiet at just 60 dBA. It benefits from a long-lasting Li-pol battery (14.8V/1900 mAh) and automatically returns to its base for recharge or when the 0.6-liter easy-out dust bin with HEPA 11 filter needs some attention. Voice guidance and learning capabilities also feature.

LG Hom Bot Square : a nightmare in the corner

The Hom-Bot Square is currently showing as in stock on the online store of French consumer electronics retailer Darty, for €599 (US$775).

Update: LG has just confirmed that Hom-Bot Square models will carry a suggested retail price of between €499 and €699 in France (the company's French blog states that four versions are being released), and that U.S. pricing has yet to be decided.

Product page: Hom-Bot Square

6 comments
Derek Howe
Sounds awesome, but 95% of the awesomeness left once I read the $775 price tag! Ouch!
Bill Bennett
Same thing happened to me Derek, awesome would be 300 coconuts, that price tag caused me pause
VirtualGathis
I agree for a $400US premium I'll use a broom on the corners. However http://www.neatorobotics.com/product-category/robotic-vacuums/ has a vacuum that will clean corners reasonably well and uses a more efficient pattern than iRobot devices. It narrows the premium to $300US but that's still significant savings.
coryatjohn
I have two iRobot vacuums cleaning my 8000 square foot home. Although these devices are $500+, they are worth every penny. We have four furry pets and a four year old roaming the house and these machines keep our hardwood floors cleaner than clean. We would need a maid coming in several times a week at $50+ each time to do the work these machines do. Since we already have iRobot's, I am probably not a customer for the LG versions but once they wear out, I'll be looking at anything new and improved.
Terry Penrose
This is mainly marketing hype I'm sure. Don't think it much matters whether the body is round or square, so long as the brushs reach into the corners.
Philippe Jacques
I don't know why LG robot vaccum is not available in Canada? Weird since you can buy Roomba or any other kind. Amazon us has it but don't shipped to canada. I own a roomba but would like to buy this LG one