It might not run BBM but the new Neato BotVac is powered by QNX

By Bla1ze on 14 Mar 2014 04:09 pm EDT
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I have to admit, this is probably the last thing I thought I would be writing about on a Friday but alas, we all know QNX powers a lot of stuff in this world so I suppose it comes as no real surprise. Neato Robotics, a robotics company located in Newark, California, has chosen the QNX Neutrino operating system as the software platform for the new Neato BotVac series of robot vacuums due to its superior realtime performance and efficient use of system hardware, as well as for its flexibility to support new product features.

To maneuver reliably around pets, furniture, staircases, and other household objects, our autonomous home robots need fast, predictable response times, and the QNX OS has enabled our engineers to achieve very high performance on cost-effective hardware,” said Mike Perkins, vice president of engineering at Neato Robotics. ”The QNX OS also helped us create a software architecture that can quickly accommodate new features, giving us the flexibility to scale product lines and deliver compelling new capabilities.

Automotive, medical, networking, security, defense and now QNX can help clean up your living room. I like it. If you're looking to learn more about Neato Robotics you can head on over to their website or view the full press release on the QNX site.

101 comments

masterful

I'm with you.

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IJKBB10

Me too

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jlbenc

Gettin' crowded in here.. :)

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morpho4444

Bullshit, I bet this vacuum will receive BBM earlier than the PlayBook

PeterDR1

I laughed way harder than I should with that last comment...

 We have apks cuz we need 'em not cuz we want 'em 

Prem WatsApp

Check the beta zone! I think i've seen it there ;-)

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

koalaberry

Does it come in a dark theme version?

qwerty4ever

The dark theme Darth Vader Edition will be available later this year. For now you must accept the Jedi Edition.

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rajdeep.malhi

Ha! I forgot about poor old PlayBook.

Anthony Roberts5

That's so cool :) go QNX!!!

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Easy-G

#skynet

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SammyTour

Lol That's too funny. +1 for that comment. :P

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I wouldn't buy one, if it ran anything Google or relied on Google services to operate ;-)

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

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Nest...

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Nick Spagnolo

That's great, but when are they going to bring us a QNX powered Lawn Mower.

Z10

Iggy City

With ability to control it through BB10.

Nick Spagnolo

Hell, just an automated lawnmower program able to mow once every four days programmed via BlackBerry 10 is good enough .

Z10

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Mulch or catch? Where to dump the clippings?

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

undone

QNX is cleaning up!

:) sorry had too.

Shanerredflag

+1

Is that a Z30...yes, yes it is.

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CLEA - N - X !!!

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

jim11249

What is BlackBerry profit on such an item?

Or is there no profit?

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canadian nick

Agreed never seem to get an answer back on what QNX makes BlackBerry.

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crackbrry fan

Of course there is profit, I see lots of people losing sight of the fact that the company still has income. The problem arose with the handset division becoming a bit of an albatross due to poor sales. He restructuring is going to help produce positive numbers in the medium to long term. Passing off manufacturing to a third party will help in this regard. The company needs and is focusing on its core income earners and this is a step in the right direction.

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Another_Chris

That's not what was being asked. The question was what kind of money does QNX licencing make?

He posted from his sleek Z30.

Nemzy

I was thinking the same thing

TBone4eva

This is why John Chen separated BlackBerry into 4 divisions, QNX being one of them. You should see it stated in the next quarterly report, hopefully.

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Brutal Efficiency

Brilliant news :)

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jafobabe

I have a NeatO vac and I love it. Hope they will update it's OS with the QNX!! Great news!

White Q10 on AT&T (BBM #5)

DeeJayDanny_C

This Really Sucks!!!............. ;)

Maal628

I see what did there lol

#PoweredByBlackBerry

GSM-S

Seems like a great improvement over Roomba. :D However, Roomba looks a bit cooler. :D

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Shanerredflag

Want one. :)

Is that a Z30...yes, yes it is.

The_Original_Modifier

Yes but the big question is if it has enough of an app ecosystem. Lol

Puz_zled

Does it have Netflix, Skype, Angry Birds, Candy Crush, Instagram? No? Then piss on it! I don't want it. It's a piece of............
(Sorry, venting)

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Prem WatsApp

The typical silly, angry rant of some other OS user. Nice specimen.

I know you're j / k

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kennyiceberry

Surely he wasn't being entirely serious though?

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rickkel

I wonder if R2D2 and C3PO run on QNX? I bet they do.

KOman

I wonder if it has a setting to sweep everything under the rug... or a setting to NOT stir around pets... meeeeeeeeooooowwah!

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KOman

...steer

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Tornado99

Can it support a car riding on top like roomba? If not, it's a deadend.

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Tornado99

Car/cat

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kennyiceberry

Yeah I wondered what on earth you were going on about!

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Beesh1

That video was just so cool!

bobshine

Nice! Damn I hope we don't have to wait for carrier to approve the updates lol

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Techno-Emigre

I seriously might get one when they update with QNX. Of course I can sit on the couch and control via Bridge, right? And it will stream music?

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BB Super Junior

A deals a deal!

Aka S.Jizzle Z30STA100-5/10.2.1.2141

PeterDR1

Can I control it with my phone?

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CDM76

Exactly!!!! This is where BlackBerry could lead. Clean smooth easy integration with everything QNX. But it seems bbb just keeps dropping the ball.

How hard would it be to make it a standard contract clause that all QNX uses must now include BlackBerry integration on BB10 devices. Obvious exception for security issues such as nuclear reactors etc.

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rickkel

I'm on the mailing list to get one when they come out on Amazon. I've always wanted one of these and now there is a compelling reason. I wonder if it will connect to my Z30 and let me know when it's running while I'm not home?

Nate650

Video is not appearing in CB10 app.

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jcsf123

Neither does the PlayBook, so I guess they both suck in their own way.

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Jasa311

This is awesome! I want one and would buy one right now. When do they hit the market?

Playbook007

We have a Rumba and love it. Now that it has a QNX competitor, will have to check it out.

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RP Singh

It eats bugs.

Sent from my iPuh-lease-as-IF

rhon3g

I want this vacuum to receive commands via bbm on my BlackBerry device.

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CDM76

Yes!!!!

Hmmm why didn't BLACKBERRY think of this???? Smh.

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RAFA1

As someone already said, Mr Chen and the board, they should re-brand BlackBerry and name it QNX instead,QNX is always good news!!! Just saying lol

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Wolf35Nine

hey what is the BotVac's PIN?

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LOL

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

qwerty4ever

Why won't BlackBerry allow robots to communicate via BlackBerry Messenger? Imagine being able to remotely instruct the VacBot to clean a specific room or the entire house? The VacBot could send you a message when it's bag or container is almost full and to provide status reports. An army of VacBots could self-coordinate their cleaning activity.

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ikalinin

Yea... im with you

Posted with my awesome Z30

Prem WatsApp

That's one nice example of the announced M2M features of QNX clea-n-x edition.

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

CDM76

I'd buy one right now. Would be worth couple extra bucks to me to have that integration.

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overzeer

So, now, when someone says "BlackBerry sucks" we can say "Yes, it does that!" with pride?

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ikalinin

Haha

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ikalinin

Wow!!! I want!!!

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bbry4life

Well, at least I know that if it vacuums up my bank statement by accident, the data is safe.

BlackberryFan777

Why not sell QNX? I'm tired of pretending to be impressed with infotainment systems and vacuum cleaners. We used to lead a smartphone market that changed the world.

So far, QNX has provided only their micro-kernel / small code base as reasons why using their kernel in my BlackBerry smartphone makes it a better choice than using something like Android. These guys need to go make false statements about "powering" Apple's CarPlay on their own. The QNX division or embedded systems is probably a little profitable -- so sell it now and prepare to compete with Tizen, Android, and iOS. From the old school C/C++ that developers really need to learn to develop for BlackBerry to endless development delays, this is QNX and this is why they should have folded after the Amiga community debacle.

No, problem with them making embedded-systems for vacuum cleaners and toasters, though. Just don't expect me to be impressed.

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kennyiceberry

It sometimes makes sense for a corporation to sell a revenue-generating unit. But if the group margins are dicey and the unit is profitable (and presents few internal management problems--i.e. it doesn’t consume an inordinate amount of group time and resources) it's difficult to justify disposing of such a group. QNX would seem to fit the criteria of this type of stable, revenue-generating company right now. Therefore I disagree with you.

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TheMacDaddyTJ

Great marketing for blackberry. The OS is so amazing that it runs vacuum cleaners...

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Prem WatsApp

I wouldn't want one that depended on Google services! It would suck up all my data too!

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

wincyUt

Sweet sound of music! Go BBRY!!

fast666

Cool

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jdcfinisher

They'll really clean up with this one.

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asianzone

Cool! New vertical for QNX!

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tommo7788

wonder if it needs 2gb of ram and takes ages to turn on

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landorghini

Trying to become a household name I see...haha

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kennyiceberry

Cute l'il thing ain't it. If it's effective there's nothing silly about it at all though. It will do no harm to QNX's reputation as a firmware designer for domestic hardware.

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poita316

We have an older neato vacuum robot. But it runs on iOS.
Battery dies in a sec and it navigates worse then a woman with a map.

tommo7788

that would be funny if you didn't just describe my Z10!

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Gykesdollars

BB 10.3 SHOULD BE CODE-NAMED QNX....just like android names their updates ie Kit kat, Jellybean.... trust me, people won't care anymore if it's actually BB10 they'll just adopt the name "QNX" (noting the adoption of "flat" UI for 10.3 which is very different from 10.0.0 - 10.2.1)

Also, anything QNX carries positive waves!!!

Z10STL100-1/10.2.1.2228 "The iPhone Nemesis"

BlackberryFan777

Not true. Many people in the US are only familiar with QNX because of their failure to perform in partnership with Gateway on the next generation Amiga. Their over promising and under performing led to the dominance of PC/Mac in the desktop world. Car infotainment systems, toasters, and vacuum cleaners are one thing, but I don't see ordinary computing consumers raving about QNX on smartphones. BlackBerry users, on the other hand, love the QNX brand more than BlackBerry. Bizarre, bit true.

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Karan Mohal

Watched the vid- looks awesome!

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Karan Mohal

.. I wonder how it reacts to pets haha

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jojo beaconsfield

@Karan...Once you apply Taser mode the pet gets Zapped and conditioned not to touch the staff again,LOL

steakman911

If I could only get my Cue X to clean my bedroom...?

Scribed via zee Cue X on X.II.I

martinjdub

Faster than my car :)

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Afaunman

Why can't we use our BlackBerry to control all of these QNX devices? Get that going and the Blackberry becomes a native controller for everything.

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Abhishek3287

THINGS I WANT BLACKBERRY TO DO WITH QNX

1. SELL ALL STUFF THAT HAS QNX AND MARKETABLE ON ITS WEBSITE ( BENEFIT TO BOTH BB AND THE MANUFACTURER.
2. TRY TO MAKE A CASE FOR ALL ATM'S INTERFACES WHO ARE RUNNING OUT OF WINDOWS XP LICENCES ie. WE HAVE THE SECURITY THE SCALABILITY THE EVERYTHING ( DON'T KNOW TECHNICALLY FEASIBLE OR NOT :O )
3. BLACKBERRY SHOULD ALSO REPLINISH THE STOCK OF THE Z10 IN INDIA. BEEN OUT SINCE 2 WEEKS. THATS SOME MARKETING