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mint automatic floor cleaner The Gift of Bot
Mint, $200
I haven’t seen one of these in action, but I like the concept. If Roomba is basically a robotized electric broom, Mint is a robotic answer to a Swiffer. It has a dust pad on the front. I have an open foorplan in my house and all hardwood floors, the perfect environment for Roomba and Mint. Where Roomba uses a random wander and some set patterns, Mint uses a ceiling navigation scheme (where a pattern is projected on the ceiling that it follows). I have not been very impressed with these navigation schemes in consumer robots so I wonder how well the Mint performs.

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.

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