iRobot has announced the introduction of the iRobot Scooba(TM) Robotic Floor Washer, said to be the world's first robot designed to vacuum, scrub, and dry hard floors automatically. The company says the new robot is built on technology from the company's Roomba(R) Robotic Floorvac.
Unlike a conventional mop and bucket, the robot only uses fresh water and cleaning solution from a clean tank, so dirty water in never spread on the floor. iRobot says the new floor care appliance cleans wet spills in addition to dirt and grime, and it is safe for use on all sealed hard floor surfaces, including wood and tile.
"iRobot Scooba underscores our commitment to building robots that perform everyday tasks more effectively," said iRobot CEO Colin Angle. "Scooba will liberate people from mops and buckets, and introduce a revolutionary way to clean floors."
In addition, iRobot announced a partnership with The Clorox Company in which the two firms have developed a specially engineered cleaning solution for Scooba.
"Clorox is always looking for opportunities to partner with innovative companies that can help us grow and enter new categories," said Larry Popelka, vice president, New Business Ventures for Clorox. "Scooba supports our desire to make floor-cleaning easier and more effective. We are excited about partnering with iRobot to bring consumers this cutting-edge technology."
A limited number of Scooba Robotic Floor Washers will be available in time for the 2005 holiday season, with larger distribution planned for the first quarter of 2006.
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