iRobot of Burlington, MA today unveiled it’s latest gadget - the Roomba 500 Series vacuum cleaning robot.
The new Roomba features improved vacuume pickup, brush design, debris and particle filtering, advanced cleaning coverage and navigation, along with innovative new scheduling capabilities, according to the company’s website, where you can also see a video fo the Roomba in action.
Other improvements include:
New Virtual Wall® Lighthouses™ which allow it to completely vacuum one room before moving on to the next and create invisible barriers to off-limit areas that Roomba will not cross.
Soft-touch bumpers to reduce impact on furniture and other obstacles.
An improved anti-tangle technology to keep it from getting stuck on cords, rug fringe and tassels.
An improved Home Base™ for docking and recharging between cleaning cycles.
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