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iRobot licenses underwater robotic technology

Seaglider

Seagliders are not exactly designed for household use, but they got a new mentor today. iRobot has announced today that they signed a licensing agreement with UW TechTransfer at Washington University to use the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Seaglider technology in iRobot's commercially available underwater robots. Seagliders are used on long autonomous missions to collect all kind of scientific data in the ocean.

iRobot adds two new pool cleaning robots to the Verro line

iRobot Verro 500 pool cleaning robot

Head enough of the winter, waiting for the warmer days to clean and get the pool ready for summer? iRobot announced today two additional pool cleaning robots to the current Verro line. iRobot Verro 100 is designed for flat bottom, above ground pools, where it can autonomously move around and vacuum debris off the ground. The Verro 500 which came to be the top of the Verro line can crawl all surfaces, cleaning both the bottom and the walls of the pool. It sports rubber rollers that brush and power-scrub the surfaces while the robot is vacuuming the debris.

iRobot introduces Looj and ConnectR

iRobot ConnectR

Today iRobot has introduced not only one, but two new household robots today. One of them is iRobot Looj, a gutter cleaning robot, the other is iRobot ConnectR, a so called virtual visiting robot.

iRobot launches Roomba 500 series

iRobot Roomba 560

iRobot has today announced the Roomba 500 series what seems to be the third generation of the company's robotic vacuum cleaner product line announced nearly five years ago. The new robots can escape from nearly any trap a household can have for an autonomous moving appliance, lowering the need to prepare the room specially for the cleaning robot. New Virtual Wall Lighthouses help the robot to stay focused on one area at a time and will only let the Roomba to the next room when the one it is in is done.

LG announces the first robotic vacuum cleaner of Korea

1st generation LG Roboking

LG today has announced the first Korean made autonomous vacuum cleaner robot, the Roboking. Although a prototype was on display in the Korean Electronics show as early as 1992, this is the first commercially available model from Korea. The robot is equipped with cliff sensors, collision sensors, and can be controlled by a remote control. The robot comes with a docking station, and the Roboking can find it for automatic charging when needed. The development of this model started 3 years ago and will cost 2.49 million won.

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