Neato Robotics is being shut down after 18 years
- The Bay Area firm rose quickly, becoming one of iRobot’s primary competitors years before every single consumer electronics firm took a crack at the space.
- The category is broadly considered to be the first mainstream home robot — and 21 years after the first Roomba went on sale, it continues to stand alone.
- The two had partnered years prior, bringing the robot vacuums to the appliance firm’s native Germany.
- Neato has brought valuable experience and innovations to Vorwerk’s product development in the field of cleaning robots over the past few years.
- Over that time, Neato attracted its own unique fanbase by on-boarding new innovations, like its 2011 introduction of Wi-Fi connectivity.Five years ago this September, Neato was purchased by Vorwerk.
- The company notes [run through Google translate]:The consolidation of Vorwerk also affects the stake in the US company Neato Robotics, which has been 100 percent owned by the Vorwerk Group since 2017.
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