Panasonic enters the robo-vac game, with the triangular Rulo
Circular robotic vacuum cleaners may be popular, but it's hard for them to reach dust and dirt in the corners of rooms. That's why Panasonic has gone with a triangular shape – a Reuleaux triangle, to be precise – for its new MC-RS1 Rulo robo-vac.
The Rulo features rotating brushes at its two front corners, which extend out beyond its main body to nab greeblies located in hard-to-each places. Those brushes sweep the detritus towards a suction port/roller brush on its underside, which sucks everything into a 0.1-liter (3.4-oz) onboard dust bin. It's said to work on a variety of surfaces, including Japanese tatami mats.
The 3-kg (6.6-lb) vacuum seeks out minute dust particles, navigates rooms and avoids obstacles using infrared and ultrasonic sensors, along with a gyroscope. It can reportedly run in auto mode for about an hour on one 3-hour charge of its lithium-ion battery – it can also be manually controlled, using a wireless handheld remote.
If you want one soon, however, you might have to make a trip to Japan. It's being released there on March 20th, with pricing to be determined by individual retailers.