ICLEBO ARTE

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The iClebo Arte comes from Yu­jin Ro­bot, a Korean com­pany that has over two decades worth of ex­pe­ri­ence in ro­botic tech­nol­ogy. The Arte fea­tures an at­trac­tive lid de­sign with faux car­bon fiber print sur­rounded by a bright or­ange mar­gin.

As the com­pany’s flag­ship ro­bot vac­uum cleaner, the Arte fea­tures an ad­vanced nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem that em­ploys the use of no less than 15 sen­sors and a cam­era that records at 24 frames per sec­ond. The sen­sors, which in­clude in­frared and me­chan­i­cal sen­sors, are able to sam­ple up to 200 times a sec­ond to look out for and re­spond to ob­struc­tions. In­puts are then fed to its Triple CPU sys­tem that an­a­lyzes and cal­cu­lates its next course of ac­tion.

As is the norm for ro­botic vac­uum clean­ers these days, the Arte of­fers a va­ri­ety of clean­ing modes – “Nav­i­ga­tion”, “Ran­dom’, “Spot”, “Max” and “Wet Mop”. In “Nav­i­ga­tion” mode, the Arte uses its as­sort­ment of sen­sors and cam­era to map out the house and cal­cu­lates the most ef­fi­cient way to clean it. This is the most sen­si­ble way of us­ing the Arte to clean the house. “Wet Mop” mode is in­ter­est­ing, be­cause users can at­tach a spe­cial mi­crofiber mop (which can be made wet) to the rear of Arte to drag around for mop clean­ing.

Us­ing its many sen­sors, cam­era and Triple CPU sys­tem, the Arte em­ploys var­i­ous meth­ods to clean­ing the house and would adapt ac­cord­ingly. For in­stance, some­times it would go up and down the en­tire length of a room and then switch to clean­ing along the edges of walls and any ob­struc­tions that it de­tects.

Un­for­tu­nately, the Arte’s roller and sweep­ing brushes can get tan­gled eas­ily, es­pe­cially when it trav­els over light rugs. In ad­di­tion, we no­ticed that some­times af­ter free­ing it, it would in­ex­pli­ca­bly head back to the same area and get it­self stuck again. We can only pre­sume that it thinks that it has not fin­ish­ing clean­ing the area and wants to go back to fin­ish the job. How­ever, if it gets stuck mul­ti­ple times, it soon learns to avoid that area, which is cool.

iClebo also claims the Arte has the best climb­ing per­for­mance amongst other ro­bot vac­uum clean­ers and can ne­go­ti­ate ob­struc­tions or dif­fer­ences in sur­faces of up to 2cm. This al­lows it to climb onto thick rugs or even slightly stepped floor ar­eas such as in the bath­room.

Clean­ing the Arte is a fairly straight­for­ward af­fair as its dust­bin re­moved with a sim­ple push of a but­ton, and the fil­ter within can be eas­ily ac­cessed. How­ever, since it uses a tra­di­tional brush roller, it is nec­es­sary to clean it reg­u­larly to pre­vent dirt, hair and pet fur from get­ting tan­gled.

Adap­tive nav­i­ga­tion. Mop­ping plate adds ver­sa­til­ity. Many clean­ing modes. Sweep­ing brushes prone to get­ting tan­gled. Con­fus­ing re­mote con­trol.

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