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CES 2011: A Swiffer Robot Called Mint

CES 2011

I don’t normally write about stuff like this, and although I’m not a Mom, I was kind of annoyed by the fact that this product was located in the “Mommy Tech” section of CES. But it was a pretty cool idea for a product, and after seeing the demo I was kind of sold on it.

The Mint Cleaner isn’t a robot that will wash your floor or give it any sort of deep clean. The Mint Cleaner will only Swiffer your floor, but it will do it by itself for hours, for up to 1,000 square feet of floor.

Mint uses an indoor GPS system called North Star, which sends out a signal from an included cube that the Mint then uses to navigate itself around your floors. It doesn’t go on carpet, but it will clean pretty much any normal hard surface floor (wood, tile, etc.). It remembers where it has been, and it even seems to do a pretty good job of navigating around chair legs. Once it’s done with the center of the floor, it then goes around your base boards and corners to make sure it gets everything.

It’s not going to replace a weekly mopping of your kitchen floor, but I can totally see how turning the thing on before I go to bed and waking up to a freshly (wet or dry) “Swiffered” floor would be appealing.

It’s available for $199 now at Bed Bath & Beyond (if you can find one, they tell me) or at MintCleaner.com.

- Christopher Ford

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