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Neato's robot vacuum is the first with smartwatch control

Beat that, Jetsons.
Steve Dent, @stevetdent
March 1, 2016
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We're not sure how useful controlling a robotic vacuum from a smartwatch is, but there's no debating the bragging rights. Neato has revealed that its $699/£550 Botvac Connected is the first robotic vacuum you can control with an Apple Watch or Android Wear device. As long as you're connected to the same WiFi network, you can start and stop the cleaning program and receive status notifications from your wrist, without even needing to set down your drink.

As for the Botvac Connected itself, we found it to be a decent option to iRobot's Roomba 980, another popular smartphone-enabled robot vac. For $200 less, Neato's model cleans just as well -- especially in tight spots -- though it gets stuck more easily and needs extra babysitting. When all goes well, however, you should be able to sit by the pool like a boss and monitor its progress with just a flick of the wrist.

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