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iRobot Launches New Wet Floor Scrubbing System
Jan 13, 2014
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iRobot Corp. launched a consumer robot designed to clean floors in new way. The robot was exhibited at the 2014 CES show in Las Vegas.

The new robot, the Scooba 450, is based on industrial-style cleaners, using a three-cycle cleaning process to maintain clean floors and wash away up to 99.3% of bacteria. The process automatically sweeps and pre-soaks the floor, scrubs the floor, and finishes the floor with a final squeegee. The scrubbing brush spins at more than 600 rpm to remove grime.

iRobot has optimized its iAdapt Responsive Navigation Technology for wet floor care. The company said the new robot can be used anywhere a consumer would normally use a mop and bucket.

iRobot said the Scooba 450 is up to three times more effective at cleaning floors than previous Scooba models.

"In order to clean better, we have to clean differently," said Colin Angle, chairman and CEO. "Reinventing our unique Scooba platform represented both an opportunity and an intense challenge to our engineers. They've taken that challenge and delivered the next disruptive force in floor cleaning technology."

Christian Cerda, senior vice president and general manager of the Home Robots business unit at iRobot, said the unit raises the bar for cleaning efficacy, which is consumers' top priority—and keeps floors constantly clean.

The robot has cleaning options: a 40-minute cycle for up to 300 square feet and a 20-minute cycle for smaller spaces up to 150 square feet.

The robot uses the same Virtual Wall barriers, wall charger, and batteries as iRobot's Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robot, which allows multi-robot homes to share accessories.

The Scooba 450 floor scrubbing robot is available in North America for $599.99. The Scooba DryDock Charging and Drying Stand is $79.99.

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