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Prototype, Neato Automatic Vacuum Cleaner Prototype

This is a Prototype. It was designed by Smart Design, Inc. and manufactured by Neato Robotics.

This object is not part of the Cooper Hewitt's permanent collection. It was able to spend time at the museum on loan from Smart Design, Inc. as part of Beautiful Users.

It is dated 2013. Its medium is acrylic, polycarbonate, electrical components.

The Neato robotic vacuum uses different sounds to signal different states of operation, such as encountering a person or getting trapped. Early prototypes feature LED graphics that glow through the plastic skin. Smart Design researched how people interact with the popular Roomba robotic vacuum, learning that a user’s first contact with the appliance can be an exciting point of discovery, but over time the relationship grows more distant.

It is credited Courtesy of the designers.

  • InFORM (USA)
  • electromechanical assembly, aluminum frame, microsoft kinect sensor, apple....
  • Courtesy of Tangible Media Group and MIT Media Lab. This installation was....
  • 14.2014.1
  • Textile, Rhythm
  • linen.
  • Gift of Henry C. and Eleanor Kluck.
  • 1985-84-14-a,b

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 12.5 x 13 x 4 cm (4 15/16 x 5 1/8 x 1 9/16 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Beautiful Users.

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