August 14, 2012
| by Rachel Cericola
With the summer winding down, you’re probably scrambling to scratch a few chores off your list. Of course, that itch could be a lot easier to scratch if you had a little help.
Instead of expecting one of your kids or neighbors to help, maybe you should consider investing in a little something from iRobot. The company just announced a fleet of new robots, and each one is just waiting to tackle your dirtiest home projects.
To tackle that fall gutter funk, the company has introduced the iRobot Looj 330. This little guy has a high-velocity, four-stage auger that can spin at 500 MPH to blast out leaves, dirt and other cloggers. Other new enhancements include a “Clean” mode, multiple speeds, a scraper, a new design, and a new .7.2-volt Lithium-ion battery. Also, iRobot says that the new Looj is waterproof up to 8 inches and has a better range of up to 50 feet.
If your indoor dust and dirt is overwhelming, iRobot has a few new vacuums under its Roomba 600 Series. These are entry-level machines, designed to replace the 500 Series. Each one packs in the company’s patented three-stage cleaning system, AeroVac Technology, and a new brush design.
AeroVac helps with the airflow on the system, which basically means you won’t have to clean it as much. Hooray for additional loafing time! Model 650 and up will allow users to preset cleaning schedules up to seven times a week. Other features include iAdapt Responsive Cleaning Technology so the Roomba knows where to roam, as well as Dirt Detect to help it sniff out the dirtiest areas.
“iRobot has sold more than 8 million home robots worldwide, by focusing on cleaning performance and innovation across the company’s portfolio of home robots,” said Jeff Beck, chief operating officer of iRobot Corporation. “Regardless of whether our robots are washing or vacuuming floors, cleaning gutters or the pool, our global customers want high quality products with state-of-the-art technology that perform a single task exceptionally well. The Looj 330 and Roomba 600 Series are the result of combining innovative research and customer feedback in our development process.”
The iRobot Looj 330 is ready to roam now, with an MSRP of $299. The new Roomba 600 Series is also available, with prices starting at $329.99.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.