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Automate the floor mopping process in your home with Braava


Take a break this Christmas and let a small robot do all of your hard floor cleaning with the Braava 380t by iRobot. Famous for their sweeping and vacuuming models, iRobot takes doesn’t just stop there. Braava is a similar robot that targets your hard surface floors and provides a daily light mop and sweep of the days dirty activities.

You can set it to a dry sweep of a damp mop mode and it will automatically take off and cover the area using “Northstar Navigation” which is like deploying your own indoor GPS system. This allows it to determine where its position is as well as the area it has already covered and where it still needs to go.

Small enough (3.1-inches tall) to fit under chairs, tables and most other obstacles, it can cover a large area quite effectively while making sure to get under those hard to reach places. It is smart enough to avoid obstacles without knocking everything over and can even detect edges so it doesn’t go for a trip down the stairs.

What’s even better, is that you can use the disposable clothes they have to offer or you can use reusable microfiber cloths, including the Swiffer brand making it easy to find more if you need them. Meanwhile, those reusable ones can be used hundreds of times before needing to replace them (or so they say).

All you have to do is set it up and it will get on with its duties and even return to its own cradle when finished for re-charging. The re-charging process is supposed to take around 2-hours, so it won’t be long before it can get back out there and do it again. Chances are though, you will only want it running around once a day so it doesn’t get in the way.

It’s also supposed to be pretty darn quiet making it the perfect addition to your smart home as you check one more thing off the list that you now get to worry less about and focus on the more important things in life.

So put that mop back into the closet and let something else do the job for you. At least the light work so that you don’t have to do a manual sweep as often. A daily sweep from this little guy and you should be able to delay your own for quite awhile.


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Tracy comes with a background in computer science and engineering. She has a vast knowledge of consumer electronics, an avid RC/drone hobbyist and has been benchmarking both electronics and applications since 16 years of age. She has authored 3 personal blogs since 1999 and written for ProAudio magazine. The best way to win her heart, is a box of german truffles.

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