Neato is a robot vacuum that uses an advanced laser sensor to map and navigate rooms. It detects walls and objects and cleans close to edges and around objects, without bumping into your furniture.
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Neato Robotics says that, like other robot owners, Neato users love to name their bots. Examples include Sheldon Von Suction and Sir Sucks A Lot.
The idea behind Neato was born in a classroom. Joe Augenbraun was a Stanford grad student with an eye on starting a robot company. He didn't have a specific product in mind and was still looking for that "great idea" when he met classmates J.B. Gomez and Linda Hirschhorn Pouliot. Gomez had a background in business development and, like Augenbraun, an interest in robotics. Pouliot was looking to use her manufacturing and product experience to create a start-up focused on products for women. The trio entered Stanford's annual Entrepreneur's Challenge, which required them to develop a business plan for a new company. When they eventually decided to take a look at the emerging market of floor cleaning robots, they weren't impressed. Existing robots used software algorithms that made them move almost randomly, taking far too long to clean. So they set out to develop a better solution: a robot equipped with an intelligent navigation system using lasers and cameras. In 2010, Neato released its first robot vacuum. Today, the concept of a smart laser guidance system is the heart of every Neato robot.