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iRobot plans more home robots

iRobot, a robot maker that sells floor cleaners as well as devices that defuse bombs, introduced on Wednesday a new line of vacuums in hopes of generating cash to invest in a wider range of products.

Two new models, the Roomba 530 and Roomba 560, were scheduled to start selling on iRobot’s Web site, Amazon.com and Home Shopping Network on Wednesday for $US250 ($NZ360) and $US399 ($NZ574).

The new models are more durable, have twice as much vacuum power and more sophisticated artificial intelligence technology than previous models.

iRobot has sold 2 million vacuum cleaners since it introduced its first machine almost five years ago.

Improvements include new anti-tangle technology to extract the robots from power cords, sensors that slow them down as they approach walls and beacons that guide them around the house

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August 23, 2007 - Posted by | iRobot

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