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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.

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

101 Comments

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

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

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

Posted via the BlackBerry Q5 using CB10.

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

Posted via CB 10, using  BlackBerry Z10 on the SaskTel Network.

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.

Posted via CB10

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.

Posted via CB10

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)

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

Posted via CB10

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

Posted via my fancy BB10 pager thingy

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?

Posted via CB from "Z" best

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.

Posted via CB10

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?

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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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.

Posted via the BlackBerry Q5 using CB10.

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

Posted via CB10

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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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.

Posted by the inimitable Z10 handheld system

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.

Posted by the inimitable Z10 handheld system

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.

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"

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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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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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