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Let’s face it, a robot vacuum cleaner is fairly hi-tech, but these days we want more. Like the ability to start and stop cleaning cycles with our Apple Watch, and have it alert us the same way when it’s done.

Neato is the first robo-cleaner company to offer this facility with the latest update to the Botvac Connected …

Priced at $699, it’s $150 cheaper than iRobot’s Roomba 980, which is sadly lacking in Watch control as yet – but you probably want to check out the reviews before buying. Roomba gets 4.3 stars on Amazon against the Botvac’s 3.8, Engadget reporting that the latter has a tendency to get stuck in corners.

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