September 3, 2021

NarwalT10 400x275Robotics startup Narwal has announced launching its new 2-in-1 robot mop and vacuum in Canada. The T10 features novel self-cleaning technology, and is available for $1,108 ($1399 Canadian) on the company’s website and on Amazon Canada.

“After seeing my mother work day in and day out to keep the family home clean, I decided to apply my expertise and passion for robotics to create products to free her from her daily chores,” said Junbin Zhang, founder and CEO of Narwal. “When I discovered that most robot mops on the market need to be cleaned manually, which is counterintuitive, I knew I had the right project.”

In vacuum mode, the Narwal T10 uses suction of 1800 Pa to handle daily cleaning of surface debris. In mop mode, the robot’s dual mops press tightly against the floor with 10 Newtons of force for more hygienic and effective results than manual mopping, the company said. Triangular-shaped pads spin at 180 rpm and are designed for excellent coverage without leaving traces behind on the floor.

Why this matters

Innovations in consumer robotics, especially with self-navigating vacuums and mops, can be applied to robotics in other spaces, such as materials handling robots for warehouses. The 2-in-1 feature on this robot is also impressive.

The Narwal T10 base station is equipped with dual tanks – one for clean water, and another for wastewater. While it cleans, the Narwal T10 auto-detects the mop’s level of dirtiness, and when it’s time, returns itself to home base for automatic mop cleaning, then sets out again to the precise location where it left off. After a cleaning session is complete, the mops are automatically dried in the base station to prevent bacterial buildup.

Narwal said it uses lidar navigation and Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) technology to navigate spaces up to 3,000 square feet, while avoiding no-go zones. Users can remotely control and unlock advanced functions through a companion app, available for iOS and Android devices. This includes setting restricted zones, checking the cleaning path and status from anywhere at any time.

“After three years of working closely with research and development talents from domestic and foreign high education institutions, including the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Duke University, Carnegie Mellon University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, we’re thrilled to bring Narwal T10 to Canada,” said Zhang.

More details can be found at the Narwal website.

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