Why is it that every robot vacuum cleaner that's been marketed in the
last ten years has been billed as "the world's first"? Well, according to
a recent news
story there's yet another "world's first robot vacuum cleaner".
Electrolux will begin selling their Trilobite vacuum in Malaysia soon.
The manufacturer described the robot as "a cross between a cruise
missile, a car, and a vacuum cleaner". Strangely enough, the Trilobite looks like a Roomba that's been painted red.
Well it isn't quite the same, they put in a little LCD indicator
display. It'll take the a year or more to get UL approvals for the US.
So releasing it in a country that maybe has fewer regulations would
seem a reasonable way to get "Beta Testers?" (sarcasm) using it.
Of course maybe they licensed it from the Roomba group.
Or it's a ripoff from the factory that makes the Roomba robots.
The Trilobite seems to be very different from the Roomba. It makes sense
that it looks similar - we all know the navigational advantages of a
circular robot with the two- wheel drive system.
What seems to make the Trilobite different is that it uses sonar (the
Roomba uses IR and bumpers), uses magnets in place of Roomba's "virtual
wall", and the big thing is that the Trilobite seems to map things and
know where it is. The Trilobite says that it can find its way back to
it's charging station. The Roomba has no such capability - as far as I
can tell, it drives somewhat randomly around the room for a fixed period
of time and then claims the room is clean. The Roomba avoids small
things by bumping into them and turning away, the Trilobite claims to
sense and avoid them.
Because of this, I'm not surprised that it costs quite a bit more than
the Roomba - the Roomba costs $199 USD, this costs 1,500 euros (approx.
It makes sense that it looks similar - we all know the navigational
advantages of a circular robot with the two- wheel drive system
Yes, that would be the best way to do it. No sharp corners to catch on
things, zero turning radius. Any dustbot should have a similar shape,
Frankly though, I wonder how much market share they can snap up at a
grand and a half per pop. I can see people willing to risk $200.00 to
see what the Roomba is like, I can't imagine many people extending this
machine the same courtesy. If they do, it had better deliver.
I think the reviewers cut Roomba some slack because of it's bargain
basement price, those kinds of consessions won't be as easy to make with
just wanted to add that they are already selling it here in Sweden (the
Electrulux company is Swedish). Price has been circa 14000 Swedish
crowns (roughly 1500 Us dollars), but they have said it will be reduced
It has three modes, or movement patterns, including one mode for just
vacuuming a small area when you have spillt something out.