Freelance 3D Artist

Neato Robotics New Feature Animations

Quick Boost Mode Animation

I was asked by Neato Robotics to create several new feature animations for the new software updates for their in-home intelligent vacuum robots. The idea for this first animation is that the robot scans it's environment, and calculates how much energy is needed to finish an area in a house, and make a stop at the charging base for a quick charge to finish the extra floor area.

One difficult part of this animation was that it had to be used in different aspect ratios, one being horizontal, and one vertical. The horizontal view woud be used by marketing, and the vertical view would be used in the app. Sometimes it's obvious that it's an animation used for two different purposes in mind, because the focal point seems to be all on its own, alone with no context. I solved the problem by instead of selling just a robot, but by selling the environment around the robot, the lifestyle. I associated the robot with an expensive interior design scheme, as something you'd see in Dwell Magazine.

I acted as all 3d roles, art director, previz artist, modeler, lighter, renderer, compositor, color grading and finisher.

This animation was rendered at 1920x1080 resolution in Octane. I used 3ds Max 2022 for the animation, camera moves, previz, modeling, texturing, environment backplates, etc. I rendered several passes and composited them in After Effects, for fading and lighting adjustments.

After Effects Screenshot

Below is the After Effects breakdown of the shot with the composition and multiple layers.

Clay rendering view in 3ds Max 2022.

neato robotics animation previz

Still Renderings from the Animation

Below are still shot from each of the scenes within the animation. For this first shot, the robot is scanning its enviroment with LIDAR.

As the robot travels, it calculates available battery levels and compares those levels against the house map.

The robot learns as it travels, and knows it must return to the charge base for more energy. Here we see the robot docking.

The robot leaves the charge base, and enters the area that it had determined to need an extra charge to finish the vacuuming job.

Auto Mode Animation

The idea for this first animation is that the robot auto detects rugs, carpets and different surfaces and increases or decreases the brush speeds.

I acted as all 3d roles, art director, previz artist, modeler, lighter, renderer, compositor, color grading and finisher.

This animation was rendered at 1920x1080 resolution in Octane. I used 3ds Max 2022 for the animation, camera moves, previz, modeling, texturing, environment backplates, etc. I rendered several passes and composited them in After Effects, for fading and lighting adjustments.

Open Doors Before Operation

This was an in-app animation to show the user that all doors need to be open prior to robot operation.

I acted in all 3d roles, art director, previz artist, modeler, lighter, renderer, compositor, color grading and finisher.

Below is a screenshot of the app showing how the animation looks inside the user interface.

neato robotics animation previz
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