House-bots lag in sales

Thursday, August 30th, 2007


IRobot Corp. wants to broaden the appeal of its Roomba cleaning robots by introducing a more durable model with twice as much vacuuming power. The new vacuum can clean the entire floor of a home every day for three to five years, says chief executive officer Colin Angle. And the $250 device has automatic-scheduling features that were only previously available only on more expensive models. It seems home robots aren’t as popular as industrial and military robots. So IRobot hopes to get more families on the Jetson bandwagon when it introduces new robots next month that are “designed to help you manage your home and take care of it.” Whew, how did we manage before?

© The Vancouver Sun 2007


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