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LG Hom-Bot Square

Cameras

Navigational intelligence

The undercarriage

Side-sweeping brushes

Bin up top

Performance tests

Rice

Pet hair

Tangles

Sand

Missed a spot

Price point

You're looking at one of the newest versions of the LG Hom-Bot Square robotic vacuum (model number: VR6570LVM). It's a square-shaped Roomba competitor that finds its way around your house with the help of built-in cameras.

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There are actually two cameras in the Hom-Bot -- one that keeps an eye on the floors and the immediate surroundings, and a second on top that stares up at the ceiling to help map out the overall shape of the room.

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The cameras work fairly well in tandem. In general, the Hom-Bot does a very good job of detecting furniture and avoiding bumps.

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The Hom-Bot uses a typical vacuum brushroll to suck up debris. There's also a dry-mopping, Swiffer-like attachment that you can clamp on to help sweep up dust and pet hair from flat surfaces like tile and hardwood.

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The vacuum also features a pair of side-sweeping brushes to help it clean along walls and sweep debris underneath the brushroll.

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To access the bin, just press this button on the top of the vacuum. It lifts right out for easy emptying.

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We spent days testing the Hom-Bot Square to see how well it could pick up different kinds of debris on different kinds of surfaces.

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The Hom-Bot was generally good at picking up rice, but it would miss spots on occasion.

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The same was true of pet hair. Some clumps got missed, others ended up ground into the carpet.

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Even more of it ended up tangled in the cleaner's brushroll, which seemed less successful at moving the stuff up and into the bin than other cleaners we've tested.

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Our toughest test? 1.25 ounces of sand spread across each of our test floors in a thin layer.

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Like with the rice, the Hom-Bot didn't do terribly, but it missed spots, which hurt its numbers.

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This Hom-Bot Square model sells for $900, with other models selling for a little less. Similar models are available at various price points in Australia and the UK.

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