Mint Automated Floor Cleaner Makes Sweeping Up a Breeze Beth Snyder December 27, 2011 Ever since they first hit the market, I have wanted a Roomba. Never could afford one, though, and no one has ever seen fit to put one under my tree. So be it. Because I hear from friends who have them that they’re not so good on anything other than carpet, and I’ve got a great deal of hardwood and linoleum flooring in my house. Now Mint has come out with an alternative to the Roomba, designed specifically for hard floors. Basically, this thing appears to be a square automated version of a Swiffer. It uses the same microfiber dry sweeping cloths and wet mopping cloths, and operates using the same principles. Apparently you can do a maximum of 800 square feet per cycle if sweeping, and a maximum of 200 square feet per cycle if mopping. The sweeping run time is three hours, while the mopping run time is two hours. What comes in the package is the Mint unit itself, the navigation cube (which is imperative to use…it allows the unit to hug the edges of the room and also cover a larger area), a power adapter to charge the battery, 2 dry sweeping cloths, 1 wet mopping cloth and an instruction manual. It seems almost ridiculously easy to use, since there are only three buttons on top of the unit. Simply power it up, choose if you’re sweeping or mopping, and you’re off. The device has sensors which ensure it won’t fall down your stairs, and also prevent it from leaving your hard surface for a carpeted one. If you simply must have one of these (or for some reason you want to play belated Santa and get one for me), it’ll run you right around $200.00 US. Source: The Gadgeteer Share This With The World!