For some people, vacuum cleaning can be a chore. It all depends on the size of your home and how dirty it is. The great thing about robot vacuum cleaners is that they do the vacuum cleaning for you. It's kind of like living in the future, especially if you're used to doing it weekly without any help.
MSI's new robot vacuum cleaners were recently showcased at Computex, which is currently happening in Taipei, Taiwan. They are set to take on iRobot's Roomba vacuum cleaners. There will be three models available. The M800 Smart Vacuum Robot, the R500 Slim Vacuum Robot, and the R1300 Security Vacuum Robot. The R1300 adds a camera with WiFi connectivity for some surveillance possibilities.
The M800 and R1300 are supposed to use ultrasounds to detect and get around obstacles. There's also sensor which prevents them from falling off stairs. They can be programmed to do their vacuum cleaning at different times. They will have a power-saving feature as well. The M800 has got a little arm that helps push dirt into the suction area. They also know when they are running out of power and go recharge themselves when they need to. The R500 is a sort of barebones model, without ultrasound or the self-recharging capacity.
These robot vacuum cleaners will start shipping in the beginning of 2011 for $150 for the R500, $450 for the M800, and $600 for the R1300. For now, MSI hasn't decided if these robots will be available in North American and European markets, but it would make a lot of sense.