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IRobot expanded its popular Roomba line of vacuum cleaning robots with the new 700 series. The three new robots represent the 6th generation of Roombas, and all of them are equipped with iRobot's new iAdapt Technology. Based on the images and the information available, the form factor remained the same, the engineers are sticking with the good old disc shape. The robots got new, stylish outfits, but most of the functional parts remain the same on the outside. There is one notable difference though. The front is covered with a specially designed polimer to form a Soft-Touch Bumper, that prevent the robot to hurt the walls and furniture.

Diving into the robot the next new feature is the new, second generation of AeroVac dust bin that maximizes air flow to pull more hair and debris off the brushes. This should make the maintenance of the robot a lot easier. All three of the new robots clean the outflowing air with a HEPA grade filter, preventing fine dust to return to the room. The Roomba 770 and Roomba 780 models are equipped with a full bin indicator and the second generation of Dirt Detect sensor. The latter one can detect both small hard, and large soft debris, making the robot go back and forth on the same spot until the area is clean. The Roomba 760 sports the first generation of the Dirt Detect sensor.

All three models of the Roomba 700 series use a new battery that last 50% longer.

The 6th generation of Roomba robots move around the room in a random fashion, just like their predecessors. According to iRobot, this intuitive and exploratory behavior allows Roomba to cover the whole floor area no matter how segmented it is. Unlike systematic robots that map the area and follow their predetermined path, iRobot robots can recognize the difference between real barriers and those that should be passed. Therefore Roombas can clean behind curtains and under couches with skirts. The new iAdapt Technology makes 64 decisions every second and selects the next action from a set of 40 each time.

Just like previous models, the new Roombas can clean along the walls, escape from tight spaces, and navigate easily in cluttered or heavily furnished rooms.
The Roomba 760, Roomba 770 and Roomba 780 will be available in the US this spring for $449, $499 and $549 respectively.

iRobor Roomba 760
iRobor Roomba 760
iRobor Roomba 770
iRobor Roomba 770
iRobor Roomba 780
iRobor Roomba 780
Press release: 

iRobot Expands Popular Home Robot Line with the World’s Most Compact Floor Washing Robot and the Next Generation Roomba

With iAdapt Technology and Innovative Design, iRobot has Every Room of the House Covered

BEDFORD, Mass., Jan. 3, 2011 – iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), a leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, today announced two new home robots to do your dirty work: the iRobot Scooba® 230 – a floor washing robot small enough to clean in tight spaces and around bathroom fixtures – and the iRobot Roomba® 700 Series, the smartest and most effective Roomba vacuum cleaning robots to date. Both will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 6.

iRobot Scooba 230 and iRobot Roomba 700 Series use iAdapt™ Responsive Cleaning Technology, the most intuitive, flexible and effective way to clean your floors. This system of software and sensors monitors the environment 64 times per second, using dozens of behaviors to ensure the entire floor is thoroughly cleaned. The dirt-centric technology ensures thorough coverage, including under and around furniture, and multiple passes over the areas that need it most.

“These new robots represent our ongoing commitment to developing innovative products that make a difference in people’s lives,” said Jeff Beck, president of iRobot’s Home Robots division. “While Roomba is already the world’s best-selling vacuum cleaning robot, we continue to make improvements to ensure it is the best on the market and stays at the head of the pack. With the compact Scooba 230, we focused on reducing size without compromising effectiveness and navigability. The launch of Scooba 230 has effectively made one of people’s least favorite household chores, cleaning the bathroom, a whole lot easier.”

Small but Mighty
Scooba 230 is a powerful and compact cleaning machine. At 3.5 inches tall and 6.5 inches in diameter, the robot easily cleans in tight spaces, including under and around furniture and bathroom fixtures. The robot’s three-stage cleaning system washes, scrubs and squeegees floors, neutralizing up to 97 percent of common household bacteria*. Scooba 230 holds enough cleaning solution to scrub up to 150 square feet of linoleum, tile or sealed hardwood floors in a single cleaning session.

Unlike with a mop and bucket, Scooba only uses clean solution to wash your floors, never dirty water. Scooba 230’s water management system includes an active reservoir that keeps the cleaning solution and dirty water separate inside the robot. While the robot is cleaning, the active reservoir shrinks in size as cleaning solution is put down on the floor, freeing up space in the robot to hold the dirty water that is picked up. Scooba doesn’t move dirt (or dirty water) around – it gets rid of it.

Scooba uses a series of lights and chimes to let you know it has successfully finished cleaning. The bottom plate of the robot snaps on and off without tools, making it fast and easy to rinse the scrubbing brushes and the squeegee after each use.

Virtual Wall® technology creates an invisible beam that the robot won’t cross, keeping Scooba 230 in the rooms you want to clean and out of the ones you don’t. Cliff sensors ensure the robot automatically avoids stairs and drop-offs while cleaning.

The World’s Best-Selling Vacuum Cleaning Robot Just Got Even Better
The award-winning Roomba vacuum cleaning robot has been revolutionizing the way people clean their homes since 2002, and iRobot has sold more than five million home robots worldwide. The sixth-generation iRobot Roomba 700 Series includes the same state-of-the-art features that Roomba users have come to know and introduces new innovations that make the robot more effective and easier to use. The newest Roomba robots include an updated and improved three-part cleaning system along with several new features and upgrades:

  • Advanced cleaning head improves overall cleaning from previous models, including 20 percent better pickup of fine particulates.
  • New AeroVac™ Series 2 bin with a powerful vacuum maximizes air flow through Roomba's cleaning head to pull more hair and debris off the brushes and into the bin.
  • Two HEPA-type air filters keep fine household dust from re-circulating in your home.
  • Dirt Detect Series 2 (available on Roomba 770 and 780) uses an acoustic sensor to detect excessive amounts of small and hard debris, such as sand, and an optical sensor to detect larger and soft debris, such as popcorn. Dirt Detect Series 1, which uses the acoustic sensor, is available on the Roomba 760.
  • With a Persistent Pass Cleaning Pattern, Roomba uses a brush-like, back-and-forth motion to focus its cleaning when it finds an excessively dirty area.
  • New power management software results in 50 percent longer battery life than previous Roomba generations, ensuring hundreds of cleaning cycles with proper use.
  • Soft-touch bumper with a new polymer coating protects walls and furniture.
  • Full Bin Indicator light turns on when Roomba detects a full dust bin (available on Roomba 770 and 780).
  • Touchpad interface provides state-of-the-art control using just your fingertips and eliminates buttons (available on Roomba 780).

Scooba 230 plus Essentials Kit and Roomba 700 Series will be available in spring 2011 at www.irobot.com.

* When used as directed, laboratory testing results indicate removal of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria after two passes of the Scooba floor washing robot. Individual results may vary.

About iRobot Corp.
iRobot designs and builds robots that make a difference. The company’s home robots help people find smarter ways to clean, and its government and industrial robots protect those in harm’s way. iRobot’s consumer and military robots feature iRobot Aware® robot intelligence systems, proprietary technology incorporating advanced concepts in navigation, mobility, manipulation and artificial intelligence. For more information about iRobot, please visit www.irobot.com.

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