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The Roomba Is Not The Only Cleaning Bot On The Market: Meet The ILIFE A4 Smart Robotic Vacuum Cleaner


The nice thing about capitalism is competition. In a perfect world this means better prices for the consumer, more choice, and a greater incentive for manufacturers to produce quality content. Now most people are aware of iRobot and their line of Roomba vacuum cleaning bots. They do their job well, of course, but they’re also not cheap. The ILIFE A4 Smart Robotic Vacuum Cleaner is a cool looking alternative from our up-and-coming Chinese friends, and for the asking price we’re pretty impressed with what it claims to do. If you’ll pardon the slight Engrish, allow us to paste here some of the product highlights:

Automatic Cleaning for home and office, large area available up to 180 – 200 square meters
Smart Sweeping Cleaning Modes, it can meet your different needs, you can choose the dry or wet mop
Anti-collision System: It can better protect the furniture
Intelligent Drop Avoidance Induction: IR sensors at the bottom detect the high gap, avoid the dropping, it will avoid the obstacles and change direction automatically by inductor
Daily / Schedule Cleaning Plan Available: Set the start time, and make the cleaning daily at the fixed time even you are not in office or at home
OBS Sensors, 1 set wall sensor, 5 IR receivers on the body make this robot vacuum cleaner recognize the barrier and avoid being collided
Timing Function: You can set up time to clean the room
7.6cm Slim Design enable this cleaner working in the narrow space, it is possible to clean the bottom of furniture and corner
Less Than 65dB Low Noise Design: Easy to help you solve the noisy problem

In other words it looks like they’ve incorporated most, if not all, the features expected from these types of products. But they’ve done so at a $150 price point! When you consider that a new Roomba is probably around $500, the ILIFE A4 Smart Robotic Vacuum Cleaner might end up being the average man’s alternative.


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Floor Cleaning Slippers


You guys remember the Baby Mop? It was a onesie lined with microfibre finger pads that cleaned the floor as your toddler crawled around. That was an awesome product! Well now you can have the same sort of “innovation” for the rest of the family. The Floor Cleaning Slippers’ soles are lined with microfibre finger pads as well, which pick up dust and small debris as you walk around. Sure, it’s only going to clean the most walked-around areas in your home, leaving corners to collect all the dust bunnies you didn’t pick up. But we suppose it’s better than nothing. The soles do detach easily for cleaning. And at $5 for a pair, who not get one? Oh… ‘sexism alert’: they only come in ladies sizes 6 to 9.


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The Eye-Vac Touchless Vacuum Doesn’t Move, You Go To It


Unlike regular vacuum cleaners that need to roam your floors in one manner or another, whether it’s autonomously or through human power, the Eye-Vac Touchless Vacuum just sits there and waits for you to bring stuff to it. When its sensor notices you’re nearby, it’ll activate its 1,000W motor and start sucking. You just have to broom stuff into its… action zone, let’s say, and it gets sucked up in there. Sure it might not be great if you have carpets, but any type of hardwood flooring will respond well to a little booming action; in a way the Eye-Vac is just a fancy dustpan, but at $99, we think it’s actually an affordable alternative to having to bend down a bunch of times.

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The Looblade Is A New Take On The Toilet Bowl Brush


They say that when something isn’t broken, you shouldn’t fix it. But improving isn’t the same as fixing, and the Looblade creators make some good points about why their design is an improvement on the venerable bathroom staple: the toilet brush. For one, it’s made from flexible silicone TPU elastomer material that doesn’t trap bacteria as brush bristles tend to do; to clean it you simply shake it before re-inserting in its holder. The material itself has anti-microbial properties that are said to kill 99.9% of germs. Additionally, the cleaning tip features 8 spiralling blades that perform a kind of squeegee action as they’re being inserted at the bottom of your bowl, cleaning both faster and more efficiently. The lack of bristles also mean you won’t get any disgusting dirty water drips as you carry the Looblade back into its holder. All in all, it’s an interesting design that totally justifies the $23 asking price. It’s a Kickstarter, so you will have to wait until December of this year to get yours if you decide to purchase.


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You Know… Your Gadgets Sure Could Use A Little Freshening Up


Ever, you know… smelled your phone? It’s probably not gross or anything, but considering the number of times it’s pressed up against your possibly oily face, fondled with your potentially dirty fingers, and rubbed up against your definitely filthy paper money, we’re confident your phone could use a little freshening up now and then. That’s Philips’ thinking too. They have a line of gadget cleaners that come in four pleasant scents: lavender, chamomile, mint, and rose. They’re billed as ‘Anti-bacterial screen cleaners’, but we would definitely clean more than just the screen. If they leave a pleasant scent behind after you’re done disinfecting your device, that’s bonus, isn’t it? At $10 a bottle, it’s the kind of useful product worth keeping around just because.

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Swash Clothing Care System Refreshes Dry-Clean Only Clothes


The thing about clothes that require dry cleaning is that you have to make the trek to the cleaners. That’s a pain, which means they’ll often go for longer periods without getting the attention they need. If you still want to wear them and don’t feel like scaring your companions off, the SWASH™ Express Clothing Care System is able to refresh them between washes.

Simply place clothing inside, insert a SWASH PODS™ cup and press start—your items will be restored and ready to wear in just ten minutes. Removes light wrinkles and neutralizes doors, restores fit that’s lost after wear without pilling or fading, and is safe for most fabrics, including denim, wool, polyester, lycra, cotton,cashmere, sequins, beading and lace; not recommended for silk, leather, velvet, suede or fur.

This kind of convenience clearly comes at a price, and the Swash system is no exception with its $500 price tag.

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Take The Elbow Grease Out Of Cleaning Your Glasses, Cliris Does It For You


To be perfectly honest, it doesn’t take a whole bunch of work to clean a pair of glasses. But if a device can do it for you, and not just clean but “disinfect, anti-fog treat, dry and (optionally) scent your spectacles in only four minutes”, then we start getting curious. Because what is the point of technology if not to make simple tasks even easier? Cliris uses ultrasonic tech and the company’s biodegradable cleaning solution to achieve these results. The solution comes in replaceable pods that last about 30 cleaning cycles and cost about $25 each. Yeah, that’s almost $1 per cleaning, and $269 for the device itself, which is a whole lot of money for something you can do yourself. But if you’ve got a good chunk of disposable income lying around and really dislike cleaning your glasses, the link to their Kickstarter is at the bottom. The project is quite far from being funded, perhaps because other people agree that it’s too much money for too little benefit. But you never know what good marketing can achieve.

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GloveBucket Lets You Do Messy Jobs Without Getting Messy Yourself


There are times when you need to do something potentially messy, but can’t quite afford to get dirty yourself. Say you have a classroom full of students that would love to play around with some dirt in biology class, but are all wearing clean clothes. Or you just finished painting and want to clean the brushes. The GloveBucket is a “5-gallon (19-liter) high-density polyethylene bucket, with a removable transparent acrylic lid. The bucket has round holes in two of its sides, which a pair of included heavy-duty rubber gloves extend through from the outside – the gloves seal around the holes.” You just need to insert your hands into the bucket and play around with whatever it is inside, while staying perfectly clean on the outside. It’s $49.


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Dressy Shirt Features Microfiber Patch To Clean Your Gadgets With


Smudges here, smudges there… no matter how oleophobic your gadgets claim to be, they’ll always smudge to some degree. You can live with it, or obsessively wipe them every chance you get. If you happen to be wearing this Oxford Shirt from VoyVoy, you can just tuck out one of your front shirt tails and wipe your device with the patch of microsuede sewn on the inside. Because everyone knows that microfiber cleans better than regular fiber, right? That’s gotta be worth the $98 asking price for this shirt… Right?!

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