• 1/13/2018
    Roomba Maker iRobot Wants To Map Homes For Connected Devices
    During CES in Las Vegas, Patrick Seitz sat down with Colin Angle to discuss iRobot’s role in the future smart home. “Bedford, Mass.-based iRobot is developing a trusted relationship with customers that involves letting iRobot learn more about a home's layout in return for its cleaning robots working better… ‘The positioning for iRobot is we're going to be the spatial-understanding people,’ Angle said. ‘We're trying to make the home sufficiently self aware to be self configuring and useful ... The emerging AI home dimension is going to play out in a big way over the next two years.’"
    — Investor's Business Daily - Patrick Seitz
  • 1/3/2018
    Roombas will soon sweep your home for weak WiFi signals
    “Weak WiFi has a new enemy, your Roomba. Along with dirt, iRobot's Roomba 900 series models will soon hunt down your home's wireless dead zones too. New software activates the ability and is due to arrive by mid-January 2018… When enhanced, the robots will clean floors normally while searching for spotty networking signals. The robots log any problem areas and merge that data with vacuum coverage maps they ordinarily create.”
    — CNET - Brian Bennett
  • 1/1/2018
    Review: iRobot Roomba 980
    Adrienne So at WIRED, reviews the Roomba 980 rating it 9 out of 10. Quotes from iRobot’s Ken Bazydola are included and she notes the incredible navigation capability and cleaning efficiency. Adrienne also highlights iRobot’s long history of building robots and industry research. 
    — WIRED - Adrienne So
  • 12/15/2017
    13 Gifts for Every Tech-Obsessed Person in Your Life
    Author Rachel Hahn, included Roomba 980 (slide 11) in her gift guide for the “tech-obsessed” person you’re shopping for this year.
    — Vogue - Rachel Hahn
  • 12/7/2017
    Big-Ticket Items You Shouldn’t Hesitate to Register For
    Roomba 960 is included in this round-up of must-have registry items. “Thanks to iRobot’s Wi-Fi connected Roomba 960, you’ll be able to deep-clean your carpets with just a press of the button. Using navigation, cliff-detection to avoid failing down the stairs, and an ability to detect dirt and dust you might not be able to see, the Roomba is a high-tech, low-effort way to keep your home clean and save you some quality time with your love.”
    — BRIDES - Erin Celletti
  • 12/4/2017
    Gifts for Your Significant Other Who Doesn’t Run
    Roomba 690 is featured in Runner’s World holiday gift guide. “One of the worst parts of being a running fanatic SO is picking up all the housework slack. Do your part (at least indirectly) by putting an iRobot Roomba under the tree this year. This model is compatible with an app that lets you activate it to clean the floors while you run!”
    — Runner's World - Selene Yeager
  • 12/1/2017
    Braava Jet: Mopping Floors By Pushing One Button
    Forbes contributor, Scott Kramer reviewed the Braava jet. “I really like several things about the product -- in addition to its simplicity. For one, it’s square. Which means it can cozy right up against walls and furniture, to pick up dust where it seems to collect most. Secondly, it’s quiet. In sweep mode, it’s inaudible. In wet mop mode, you hear it spray water every so often -- but not to the point of being annoying. And it apparently is smart enough to know not to spray on anything other than the floor. Thirdly, it does a bang-up job.”
    — Forbes - Scott Kramer
  • 11/20/2017
    iRobot syncs with IFTTT to make your Roomba smarter
    “iRobot's Roomba robot vacuums just got a lot smarter thanks to a new channel on the free online automation service IFTTT… Compatibility with IFTTT means that Wi-Fi-equipped Roombas like the Roomba 980 can now sync up with dozens of different platforms, services, and products using IFTTT's "if this, then that" approach to automation.”
    — CNET - Ry Crist
  • 11/16/2017
    iRobot’s Colin Angle on the Home Run of Robotics (It’s Not A.I.)
    Xconomy’s Robert Buderi, sat down with Colin Angle, CEO and founder of iRobot, to discuss the history and future of iRobot, challenges that face the smart home and how Roomba and other robots will play a role. 
    — Xconomy - Robert Buderi
  • 11/14/2017
    These are the best vacuums of 2017
    Reviewed.com awarded the Roomba 980 the “Best Robot Vacuum of 2017.” Roomba 980 is included within the ‘Best Vacuums’ category under ‘Robot Vacuums,’ scoring a 10 (out of 10) and receiving the ‘Editors’ Choice’ moniker. The summary states, “Our testers think a great robot vacuum has to excel as both a robot and a floor cleaner. Lots of robot vacuums can do one or the other—but the Roomba 980 is good at both.”
    — Reviewed.com
  • 11/13/2017
    What life will be like when the computers disappear
    “What happens when the computers around you all but disappear?” USA Today’s Ed Baig examines the concept of “ambient computing” and the notion that some day computers will ultimately fade into the background. Baig interviewed Chris Jones, iRobot, to discuss how robots may play a role in ambient intelligence. 
    — USA Today - Edward C. Baig
  • 10/23/2017
    30 Ultimate Tech Gifts for Every Person on Your Holiday Shopping List
    Included on this list of 30 tech gifts, is iRobot’s Roomba 980, best for “anyone with kids or pets who struggles to set aside cleaning time.” TIME liked the 980 because, “It cleans just about any floor type, automatically adjusting its height to scrub thick carpets or hard floors. It also comes packing the company’s newest sensor technology, allowing it to work its way around just about anything, including under beds and other sufficiently raised pieces of furniture.”
    — TIME
  • 10/20/2017
    Before robots rise, they have to master the stairs
    "One company that has cracked the riddle of building robots that can thrive in the home is Bedford-based iRobot. It manufactures small, disc-shaped robotic vacuum cleaners that can make it over most thresholds and onto most shaggy rugs — but if you leave the door to the den closed, it definitely won’t get cleaned. Incredibly, the company’s Roomba 650 model was the best-selling vacuum cleaner in the United States last year. (Not just among robotic floor cleaners, but of any vacuum cleaner.)"
    — The Boston Globe - Scott Kirsner
  • 10/6/2017
    Buying a vacuum? 13 machines that HGTV stars swear by
    Colleen Sullivan asked HGTV stars which vacuum is their favorite. Tiffany Brooks, Host of The Most Embarrassing Rooms in America on HGTV, chose the Roomba 980! “This machine does all the work for you! Some great things about it: You can set it on a timer and it gets under sofas and beds without any effort. Did I mention it vacuums for you? You actually can tell this thing when to vacuum. Like a person who waits for you to leave before cleaning your house!”
    — TODAY - Colleen Sullivan
  • 9/29/2017
    The best robot vacuums you can buy
    Malarie Gokey, tested and reviewed the Roomba 960, 690 and Braava jet, awarding the Roomba 690, “The Insider Pick: Vacuuming is a real pain, but robot vacuum cleaners can suck up the dust for you. Of all the robot vacuum cleaners we tried, the iRobot Roomba 690 proved to be the best for most people with its easy-to-use app, smart features, great suction, and affordable price.” Malarie also listed Braava jet as the best robotic mop and broom, and Roomba 960 as the best high-end robot vacuum for bigger homes. 
    — Business Insider - Malarie Gokey
  • 9/22/2017
    Wedding Registry Items Perfect for Neat Freaks
    “Embrace your love of everything neat, clean, and shiny by registering for items that will help you live your neat-freak truth.” Erin Celletti shares her favorite items, including, Floor Cleaners. “By now you’ve probably heard or seen iRobot’s popular robotic vacuum the Roomba, but for anti-moppers everywhere, their Braava jet 240 Mopping Robot is a dream come true.”
    — BRIDES - Erin Celletti
  • 9/18/2017
    True Story: A Robot Vacuum Has Changed My Life
    Scary Mommy’s Sara Baker writes about her experience with her new best friend, Roomba. “I am fully willing to submit to our robot overlords if they’re going to clean my floors for me. They have finally made me into the annoying mom with the clean house I have always wanted to be.” 
    — Scary Mommy - Sara Baker
  • 9/12/2017
    iRobot To Celebrate 15 Years Of Robots Cleaning Homes
    “iRobot is preparing to celebrate 15 years of robots cleaning homes, or more specifically, 15 years since it launched the very first Roomba robotic vacuum, which fast forward to today has led to selling more than 20 million units... As part of iRobot’s 15th anniversary… the company has put out an infographic that details some of the major highlights of the Roomba robotic vacuum.”
    — Android Headlines - Justin Diaz
  • 8/17/2017
    Millie Bobby Brown Shows Us 22 Things That Are Stranger Than Stranger Things
    Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown shares 22 real life strange things, including the iRobot Roomba vacuum. In the video at the two-minute mark, Millie demonstrates a Roomba on a tabletop and reveals that she owns a Roomba.
    — Teen Vogue
  • 8/2/2017
    Sell the Benefit, Not the Whiz-Bang
    In an interview with Entrepreneur, iRobot’s Dwight Brown discussed how iRobot evolved its marketing from technology-led messaging to benefits-led messaging. The story also explores the decision to reposition Roomba as something that cleans with you (not for you) and how the company’s new approach has helped bolster sales.
    — Entrepreneur
  • 7/20/2017
    Bringing Robots Home with Colin Angle (iRobot)
    During TechCrunch’s recent Sessions: Robotics event, Brian Heater, TechCrunch’s hardware editor, sits down with Colin Angle, CEO and founder of iRobot. Colin discusses the history of iRobot, Roomba, his non-profit RSE and the future of the connected home.
    — TechCrunch
  • 7/8/2017
    15 Google Home features you may not know
    No. 15: Jetsons skills. "If you own a Roomba, you can now initiate the vacuum cleaner using your voice. After you pair your Roomba with Google Home, say ‘Ok Google, ask Roomba to start cleaning.’ The future is here!”
    — USA Today - Marc Saltzman
  • 6/28/2017
    iRobot Roomba 690
    “When you think of robot vacuums, chances are you think of iRobot's Roomba line. And while the company's high-end models are impressive, the entry-level Roomba 690 offers a lot of value.” PCMag gives Roomba 690, 4 out of 5 points.
    — PCMag - Victoria Song
  • 6/19/2017
    Nine high-tech robots that will change your lifestyle for the better
    No. 2 is iRobot’s Roomba 690 Wi-Fi Connected robot vacuum cleaner. “With the iRobot Home App, you can schedule your Roomba to clean any type of floor at any time of the day, which means one less thing for you to worry about.”
    — Mashable - Bari Blitzer
  • 6/5/2017
    iRobot Braava jet 240 Robot Mop Review
    In a comprehensive review, Android Headlines fully recommends the Braava jet mopping robot. "Overall, this thing is awesome.”
    — Android Headlines - Nick Sutrich
  • 6/6/2017
    25 High Tech and Highly Innovative Gifts Ideas for Father’s Day
    “This advanced, autonomous vacuum features a camera that provides superior floor mapping and navigation.”
    — Huffington Post - Andre Bourque
  • 5/19/2017
    15 Luxurious Father’s Day Gifts He’d Never Buy For Himself
    iRobot’s Roomba 980 was featured in Men’s Health’s Father’s Day gift guide focused on “luxurious” gifts.  Regarding the Roomba 980, the writer explains, “You’d never buy him a vacuum, but a vacuuming robot that cleans for him? That’s a guaranteed home run. This newest model is Alexa compatible. The only thing dad will need to say for spotless floors: ‘Alexa, tell Roomba to start.’”
    — Men’s Health – Danielle Michael
  • 5/10/2017
    Colin Angle on Bloomberg Technology Boston
    Host, Caroline Hyde, interviews iRobot CEO Colin Angle at the Harvard Innovation Lab. “The role for iRobot is not to just clean the home but help the home understand itself so we can know what rooms are, so the smart home can actually be smart,” Colin said. Colin also speaks to the success of iRobot’s strategy in R&D in differentiating from competitors. Colin’s interview begins at the 35:37 mark.
    — Bloomberg Technology (TV) – Caroline Hyde
  • 5/4/2017
    10 futuristic gadgets you didn’t know your bathroom needed
    No. 9: A mopping robot to keep your tile clean. “Keep the tile floor in your bathroom sparkling clean without lifting a mop thanks to the iRobot Braava jet. This little robot will mop and sweep the room, getting into all the tough-to-reach places like around the toilet and below cabinets. It can even clean up dried stains!”
    — USA Today – Camryn Rabideau
  • 5/2/2017
    iRobot adds Wi-Fi and Alexa functionality to more Roomba
    “iRobot recently announced that it would be bringing Alexa functionality to its 980 Roomba, letting users with an Echo clean their home with a simple voice command. Today, that functionality expands to all Wi-Fi connected Roomba, a list that includes a pair of new additions, the Roomba 890 and Roomba 690, which lower the barrier of entry for the company’s connected robotic vacuums. In future iterations, iRobot envisions its popular robotic vacuums as serving as a sort of connective tissue for the smart home, helping a wireless system get a regularly updating insight into how different devices are laid out in the home.”
    — TechCrunch – Brian Heater
  • 5/2/2017
    Review: iRobot Braava jet 240 Mopping Robot
    Popular Science reviews the Braava jet, giving it a 4 out of 5 rating and the ‘PopSci Recommends’ designation. “It'll tackle some pretty gnarly messes, but the Braava jet really works best as an incremental cleaner. It can’t completely eliminate scuffs and other stubborn stains, but, for the cleaning averse who live in smaller homes and apartments, the Braava jet 240 makes a lot of sense.”
    — Popular Science
  • 4/26/2017
    iRobot Featured on Chronicle (ABC Boston)
    ABC's Chronicle aired a “Cutting Edge” themed episode that featured iRobot. Contributor Mike Wankum (of WCBV News) interviews iRobot CEO Colin Angle, who discussed iRobot’s success in the consumer robotics sector. Chronicle’s co-hosts, Anthony Everett and JC Monahan, mention the recent patent litigation and iRobot’s STEM work with children.
    — WCVB 5 Chronicle – Anthony Everett and JC Monahan
  • 4/8/2017
    20 Best-Rated Vacuum Cleaners for Dust-Free Living in 2017
    The iRobot Roomba 880 comes in at No. 7 on this list of best-rated vacuum cleaners for 2017. “This self-service robot vacuum provides up to five times the air power and features a technologically advanced AeroForce Cleaning System. More importantly, it’s super simple to use. Press a button to turn it on, or you can schedule it to run up to seven times per week."
    — Popular Mechanics
  • 3/22/2017
    Get It Done Gadgets & Apps
    Digital lifestyle editor, Mario Armstrong, features practical home gadgets including the Braava jet 240. “Depending on the type of pad you attach, Braava jet will dry sweep, wet mop or damp sweep your floors."
    — NBC’s The Today Show – Mario Armstrong
  • 3/20/2017
    The scientifically best way to sweep a floor
    Two cleaning experts, Melissa Maker and Cassandra Aarssen, find the scientifically best way to “yield a broom.” Aarssen however prefers a different method, “For the sweeping portion of her method, she prefers robots to brooms. She loves Roomba, those helpful robots that will do your vacuuming for you."
    — Popular Science – Rob Verger
  • 3/17/2017
    The Cutting Edge with Mike Wankum: Beyond Robot Vacuums
    iRobot and its CEO Colin Angle are featured on The Cutting Edge. “iRobot’s goal is, ‘not only convenience, but products that make people more independent as they age. From Roomba vacuum cleaners to the larger connected home, iRobot is expanding their mission every day.'"
    — WCVB Newscenter 5 – Mike Wankum
  • 3/15/2017
    With Alexa integration and mapping, iRobot aims to make Roomba the center of the smart home
    "iRobot CEO Colin Angle has been repeating for some time now that the next step in the evolution of the company’s hit Roomba vacuum is becoming a connective tissue for the smart home. This morning’s announcement from the company takes it a couple of steps closer to that dream, introducing Alexa voice integration and advances to robotic vacuum’s mapping system that lay the groundwork for future smart home upgrades."
    — TechCrunch – Brian Heater
  • 3/8/2017
    How baby dolls, mine sweepers and Mars rovers led iRobot to the Roomba
    “From a low-cost Mars rover to the Roomba, iRobot’s history has been dedicated to finding a ‘viable commercial application for robotics’. ‘The robot is now an enabling part of the smart home and that’s technology done well and that’s what the robotic industry needs to do if we’re going to become mainstream.’”
    — TechCrunch – Brian Heater
  • 2/17/2017
    Best Vacuums for Hardwood Floors
    The Roomba 880 is listed as one of Consumer Reports’ eight top picks for vacuuming hardwood floors, and the only RVC listed. The writer states, that the Roomba 880, “excelled at navigating around furniture and other entrapments in our tests, making it a smart choice in open-plan homes with intricate floor plans."
    — Consumer Reports – Daniel DiClerico
  • 2/14/2017
    Intuition Robotics raised $6 million for its ElliQ elder care assistant robot
    “Intuition Robotics, maker of elder care assistant ElliQ, announced today that it has raised $6 million in funding from iRobot and equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd. With the funding, the Jerusalem-based company plans to open an office in the Bay Area and begin testing ElliQ with senior citizens in San Francisco. ‘We really liked the problem they were trying to solve,’ Hanns Anders, investment manager for iRobot Ventures, told the author. ‘What intuition has done is taken practical approach to solving the problem of aging in place.’”
    — Tech Crunch – Ryan Lawler
  • 2/13/2017
    Three Way Robot Vacuum Challenge
    In this comparison test, iRobot Roomba 980, Xiaomi Mi and Dyson 360 Eye are put to the test, including how well these vacuums can clean high-pile and medium-pile shag rugs. Roomba 980 comes out on top overall, winning two of the tests without question.
    — Android Headlines – Nick Sutrich
  • 2/13/2017
    iRobot: 2017 Top 10 Innovative Companies in robotics
    iRobot is No. 5 on Fast Company’s 2017 list of most innovative companies in robotics. “With the Chinese market for home robotics projected to grow three times as fast as the U.S. market, CEO Colin Angle has promised to spend three to four times more on Chinese marketing and advertising in 2017.”
    — Fast Company
  • 2/6/2017
    14 Kitchen Gifts You Really Should Register For (Because You’ll Actually Use Them!)
    “This little cleanup robot will leave you and your spouse free to cook without fear of floor-bound splatters or spills—it wet-mops behind you without you needing to even look for a bucket. It also sweeps to get rid of pet hair and dust. That common it's-your-turn-to-wash-the-kitchen-floor battle? That'll never happen in your house.”
    — Martha Stewart Weddings - Bryce Gruber
  • 1/31/2017
    Housewares Design Awards Names 2017 Winners
    Housewares Design Awards announced 2017 winners last night awarding Roomba 960 the “Best of the Best” Silver Award in the Floor Care & Cleaning Appliances category and naming Roomba 960 the winner in the Floor Care & Cleaning Appliances Category.
    — HomeWorld Business – Matthew Kramer
  • 1/30/2017
    7 Home Essentials Every Bride Needs on Her Wedding Registry
    Katie James of Brides.com, writes that registering for a robotic vacuum might be “the least sexy building block to a happy marriage,” but after her experience with Roomba 980, whom she’s named “Roombie” she concludes, no matter which model you choose, whether the 650 or 980, you’ll be happy you added it. She also suggests adding Braava jet for “maximum cleaning efficiency.
    — Brides – Katie James
  • 1/25/2017
    Roomba Cats Have a Blast in GoDaddy’s Super Bowl Teaser
    GoDaddy released their Super Bowl commercial teaser which includes a cat riding a Roomba 960. The GoDaddy commercial, which aired during the first quarter of the Super Bowl on February 5, personifies “the Internet” as a human being going about his day. Along the way are several of the most popular viral internet memes, including “Roomba Cats,” “Hula Horse,” “Panda-monium” and “The Dress.” GoDaddy is led their pre-Super Bowl buzz building campaign with the Roomba Cat video. Several other teaser videos are posted on their microsite.
    — AdWeek – Christine Birkner
  • 1/17/2017
    iRobot Names Elisha Finney to Board of Directors
    iRobot Corp., a leader in consumer home robotics products, today announced the addition of Elisha Finney, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Varian Medical Systems, to its board of directors. Ms. Finney brings more than 25 years of financial and technology-related expertise to iRobot as the company focuses on a strategy of growth and allocating capital that maximizes shareholder value.
    — Yahoo Finance
  • 1/5/2017
    iRobot invests in a Cambridge 'smart home' startup, Sense Labs
    Sense Labs, a Cambridge startup developing an Internet-connected home electricity monitor, has added robotic vacuum maker iRobot as an investor, raising another $1 million to help expand manufacturing and sales.
    — The Boston Globe – Curt Woodward
  • 12/22/2016
    How The Jetsons Can Help With Your Last-Minute Holiday Shopping
    Included on this list of last-minute Jetsons-inspired gifts, is a robot vacuum, “Vacuuming is one of those things very few of us enjoy. The Jetsons owned a robot vacuum that was surprisingly similar to iRobot’s Roomba. The Roomba can be programmed to do the deed while you’re at the office so you always come home to a clean house. The vacuum can handle multiple rooms (as long as they’re on the same floor) and docks itself when it’s done cleaning, so you don’t ever have to worry about charging it up.”
    — Fast Company - Emily Price
  • 12/19/2016
    How AI Is Getting More Human
    Included on this list of robot assistants is iRobot’s Roomba 900 series for its ability to “see” the floors in order to provide a better clean.
    — TIME - Lisa Eadicicco
  • 12/13/2016
    Vacuum robots: Do they really work as well as it looks on TV?
    A head-to-head comparison of the Roomba 980 and Dyson 360 Eye on Rossen Reports’ “Does It Work?” segment. Roomba 980 came out on top.
    — Today Show - Rossen Report
  • 12/13/2016
    44 Top Gifts for Entrepreneurs
    Listed at number 16 is iRobot’s Braava, “The Braava is the mopping sister of the Roomba and does a good job of cleaning and polishing hard surfaces.” Following Braava at number 17 is Roomba, “The Roomba is the famous electronic maid and picker-upper that helps keep (home) offices sparkling.”
    — Entrepreneur - Drew Hendricks
  • 12/9/2016
    Ryan Gosling wants to find a soulmate for his lonely Roomba
    Mashable speaks to Ryan Gosling’s appearance on The Ellen Show, “For Christmas this year, Ryan Gosling wants to get a Roomba for his Roomba. Because his Roomba is very lonely. He was on the show to discuss La La Land and his family’s Christmas plans, but the conversation soon turned to what’s really in his heart this holiday season – the overwhelming pity he feels for his cleaning robot."
    — Mashable - Chloe Bryan
  • 11/28/2016
    Apple, iRobot TV Makers See Brisk Sales Thanksgiving Weekend
    Apple (AAPL), iRobot (IRBT), Microsoft (MSFT) and Sony (SNE) were among the companies cited by research firms as having top-selling gadgets during the opening weekend of holiday shopping. IRobot stock hit an all-time high Monday. Dougherty analyst Jon Fisher said his Thanksgiving-weekend retail checks indicated that iRobot's Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners are "roaring off the shelves." "Even with more shelf space allocated to Roombas than competitor products, the sell through for Roomba was so strong that there were actually very few remaining on store shelves," Fisher said in his research report. "At two stores that we visited, store clerks actually commented that it was a challenge to keep the shelf space fully stocked. At another store that we visited, a sales clerk informed us that they had just sold four Roombas within 30 minutes of our arrival."
    — Investor's Business Daily - Patrick Seitz
  • 11/21/2016
    Why iRobot is acquiring a Japanese distribution business
    “’This is a natural evolution on consumer tech companies in high growth. The way you spur international business is always through a distributor,’ Cerda said, noting that once a company reaches a certain level of scale it is common to take back more direct control of the market.”
    — Boston Business Journal - Kelly J. O'Brien
  • 11/18/2016
    High-Tech Products to Add to Your Wedding Registry
    Roomba 980 and Braava jet are featured in Bridal Guide’s high-tech registry gift guide for newlyweds on slides 4 and 5.
    — Bridal Guide
  • 11/7/2016
    iRobot says 20 percent of the world’s vacuums are now robots
    “Robot vacuums may have once seemed an eccentricity, but they now represent a non-trivial portion of the overall vacuum market – 20 percent worldwide, according to iRobot CEO and co-founder Colin Angle, who I spoke to at TechCrunch Beijing 2016. And Roomba makes up 70 percent of that market, giving iRobot a commanding lead in the space.”
    — TechCrunch - Darrell Etherington
  • 10/27/2016
    Holiday Gifts for the Gadget Geek
    Roomba 960 featured in Consumer Reports’ gadget gift guide, “Yes, this Roomba costs maybe as much as your first used car, but the idea of never having to push a vacuum again is priceless for some. Our tests demonstrate its excellent cleaning capability on carpets and bare floors alike. This latest version also allows you to control it via an app on your smartphone—nice for when you need to clean up in advance of unexpected visitors.”
    — Consumer Reports
  • 10/25/2016
    The Roomba 980 is a vacuum with a mind of its own

    “We have a Dyson upright vacuum, and after the Roomba was finished, I thought the 980's cleaning was just as good.”
    — Dallas Morning News - Jim Rossman

  • 10/18/2016
    Led by iRobot, Mass. Robotics Cluster Growing, But Sales Still Small

    “When it comes to robotics companies in the Boston area, there’s iRobot—and then there’s everyone else.” A new study found there are 122 robotics firms in Massachusetts, generating $1.6 billion last year, with iRobot making up a big chunk of that revenue.
    — Xconomy - Jeff Engel

  • 10/17/2016
    The Easy Way to Make Your House or Apartment a Smart Home
    “No one likes to vacuum and mop floors, so why not get a robot that does the dirty work for you? iRobot's Braava Jet Mopping Robot is for wood floors and has three different modes; dry sweeping, damp sweeping and wet mopping. It can clean and pick up cat hair in places I just can't get to. The Braava jet uses advanced navigation software and sensors to map out the most efficient route, and is smart enough to steer clear of furniture and obstacles.”
    — NBC News - Andrea Smith
  • 9/16/2016
    Our bots, ourselves
    An extensive article on the emotional bond customers have with their robots. The article include quotes from Colin Angle, researchers and other companies in the home robotic space. “Consider the Roomba. New research shows that the appeal of the vacuum — produced by Bedford-based company iRobot — is based on more than marketing or pricing or even cleaning power. Rather, owners experience an emotional connection with their little self-propelled bots”
    — Boston Globe - Carly Sitrin
  • 9/11/2016
    33 Practical Products That Will Help Your Home Be The Cleanest It’s Ever Been
    Listed at No. 14, “This Roomba vacuum, so you’ll never not have clean floors”.
    — BuzzFeed - Jeff Barron
  • 9/8/2016
    Living the Automated Life: 5 Cool Gadgets That Take Responsibility
    “Most people are already quite au fait with the services of a Roomba. (Especially if you watched the award-winning AMC TV series, Breaking Bad. The supporting actor, Aaron Paul, had a Roomba cleaning his living room floor after partying tiringly with his junkie friends).”
    — Huffington Post - Toby Nwazor
  • 8/31/2016
    iRobot CEO Says Vacuum Cleaners Clear Path to Robot Future
    “Colin Angle said he never imagined when he co-founded the company 26 years ago that it would change the way the world views vacuuming. But the chairman and CEO of iRobot also said it's a misconception to think he's running a vacuum cleaner company.” 
    — Associated Press - Matt O'Brien
  • 8/19/2016
    When robots go their separate ways
    "The smart home wants to know where everything is and where you are,’ said Angle. ‘The Roomba’s part in this is to make the map of your house, figure out where everything is.’ The success of this plan depends on whether consumers embrace the vaunted ‘Internet of things,’ in which dozens of everyday devices are connected to the home’s digital network. But Angle thinks it’s bound to happen. And the spinoff of Endeavor Robotics proves that he’s quite willing to go his own way.”
    — Boston Globe - Hiawatha Bray
  • 8/4/2016
    iRobot Braava Jet is an effective, affordable mop
    “I was also impressed with how the Braava jet handled furniture, corners and where the wall met the floor. I watched it in fascination as the Braava jet identified these spots and then moved in tight, hugging the wall, corners and chair legs so it wouldn’t miss a spot.” 
    — Mashable - Lance Ulanoff
  • 7/27/2016
    Dyson vs. iRobot Roomba: The Home Robot Revolution Starts on Your Floor
    “In fact, it was the brains that tipped the scales in my test. Dyson’s 360 Eye clearly has a leg up in suction power, but the Roomba 980 is better at using it where it matters. The Roomba, has sensors that trigger a second pass if it senses what it calls a dirt ‘event.’ In tests where I let each robot clean the pen for as long as it deemed necessary, Roomba worked twice or even three times as long – and often returned with a larger total haul.”
    — Wall Street Journal - Geoffrey Fowler
  • 7/27/2016
    What iRobot’s partnership with Amazon will mean for the future of connected robots
    “There are now endless opportunities for what AWS could help iRobot do with its products, including the Roomba 980 and Braava jet, in the cloud. ‘We’re excited about the ramifications of being able to start putting parts of our control system up in the cloud, and starting to have this rich, spatial understanding and mapping information in the cloud that we can use to make homes smarter,’ Angle said in an interview.”
    — Boston Business Journal - Sara Castellanos
  • 7/26/2016
    iRobot brings science message to Martha’s Vineyard students
    “Hoping to inspire the next generation of robotics engineers, iRobot brought a team of three employees – roboteers, as they call themselves – to Martha’s Vineyard last week to educate island students about the company’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program.”
    — Martha's Vineyard Times - Cameron Machell
  • 7/18/2016
    iRobot CEO: IoT Consumer Market Is A 'Failed Promise'
    Taken from Colin’s recent speech at AWS about robots in the smart home. “At this moment in time, the consumer Internet of Things – which is very different from the commercial Internet of Things – is somewhat of a failed promise.”
    — CRN - Meghan Ottolini
  • 7/13/2016
    Amazon Prime Day Sales Were Up 60%, and Robot Vacuum Cleaners Sold Like Crazy
    “Consider how successful a day it was for robots alone: Amazon Prime members purchased more than 23,000 iRobot Roombas, the autonomous robotic vacuum cleaners.”
    — AdWeek - Christopher Heine
  • 6/30/2016
    Everyone buy two Roombas, because it's time for Roomba pong
    “Wait, wait. Roombas will clean for us AND make beer pong cooler? What can’t they do?”
    — Mashable - Ryan Creamer
  • 6/24/2016
    Roomba maker iRobot may make robots that talk to your smart home devices
    “Speaking on the latest episode of Too Embarrassed to Ask, iRobot vice president of technology Chris Jones said he’s thinking about robots that act as mobile sensors, traversing the home and measuring things like temperature and humidity. Speaking with Kara Swisher and special guest host Dan Frommer, Jones said that potential route would build on iRobot’s advancements in understanding a home’s geography.”
    — Recode - Eric Johnson
  • 6/8/2016
    iRobot CEO on tech's future: Imagine your whole home as a robot
    iRobot CEO Colin Angle shares his vision of a not-so-distant robotic future in today’s speech during the annual LiveWorx conference in Boston. “This vision that I’ve described, this hope of the future, is taking shape today.” Angle said this vision of a connected home is between five to seven years away, and that the experience he's describing is "largely inevitable."
    — Boston Business Journal - Sara Castellanos
  • 5/26/2016
    Deals of the Day: Robots can beat activists
    Shareholders of iRobot Inc. elected the Roomba maker’s board nominees, rejecting two directors nominated by activist investor Red Mountain Capital Partners LLC, iRobot said Wednesday. 
    — The Wall Street Journal - Erik Holm
  • 5/15/2016
    7 state-of-the-art gadgets that will help keep your house clean
    “iRobot is a name synonymous with floor vacuums, but the Braava jet stakes its claim on the wet world of robotic mopping.” Listed as one of seven state-of-the-art gadgets, the Braava jet lets you check one more item off of your chore list. 
    — Mashable - Jeana Lee Tahnk
  • 5/11/2016
    These gadgets will tackle your spring cleaning
    “Good thing there’s still a whole robot army to help tackle the cleaning in the inside of your house; there are robots that scrub your floors like the new iRobot Braava,” states tech journalist Jennifer Jolly. Jolly recommends the Braava jet as a top gadget to tackle spring cleaning in your household. 
    — USA Today - Jennifer Jolly
  • 4/24/2016
    37 Products That Just Might Make You Infinitely Happier
    BuzzFeed recently asked its readers to share what purchase helped improve their mental health. Coming in at No. 6 is the iRobot Roomba. As one reader put it, “I’m a serious neat freak, but sometimes I just run out of time and energy to vacuum. Even though I have to clean and maintain the Roomba daily, it’s still nice to come home every day and my floors are clean. I don’t think I would have ever bought one for myself, so it’s definitely one of the best and most useful gifts I’ve ever received.”
    — BuzzFeed - Anna Borges
  • 4/18/2016
    11 Chic and Life-Changing Tech Gadgets for Your Home
    Vogue recommends the iRobot Roomba 880 as a top stylish and functional home tech item. “Never lug out your vacuum again—just push a button and let this little robot roam around your house.”
    — Vogue - Samantha Rees
  • 4/7/2016
    Spring clean the high-tech way with these 5 gadgets
    Fox News mentions the iRobot Braava jet as “an incredibly intuitive gadget” for your dire spring cleaning needs. The Braava jet’s $199 USD price tag is mentioned to be a positive, along with leaving your floors dry following a mop session. 
    — Fox News - Molly Dodd
  • 3/28/2016
    The Greatest Gear of the 21st Century
    Just 16 years in, it's been a banner century for gear. The biggest stories in consumer products have been about insurgencies — old tech being overtaken by new. Still the most successful line of consumer robots ever built, the Roomba robotic vacuum was also a gateway machine for budding roboticists. In 2007, iRobot made Roombas even more hacker-friendly, adding a connector and software interface (replacing the need for jury-rigged gear and code), to its iconic 400 Series, which was the first to calculate room size.
    — Men's Journal - Erik Sofge
  • 3/23/2016
    The Best Robot Vacuums
    Following a series of tests, the iRobot Roomba 650 beats the Neato D80 and Neato Botvac Connected. As this article is a syndication of an earlier robotic’s vacuum “buyer’s guide” posted on the Sweethome in February, the Roomba is considered to be a consumer’s best choice and “smart money-pick.” 
    — Gizmodo
  • 3/15/2016
    iRobot's Braava jet robot mop is smart, small and just $199
    Braava jet can mop, spot clean and sweep using iRobot's own custom-built cleaning pads. "It's our first robot with real consumables. We put a lot of technology into the cleaning pads," iRobot CEO and Co-Founder Colin Angle told me when I met with him at South by Southwest in Austin.
    — Mashable - Lance Ulanoff
  • 2/20/2016
    5 smart home gadgets to create your home of the future
    What is better than a house that cleans itself? Kim Komando includes the iRobot Roomba 980 in this smart home product roundup.
    — Fox News
  • 2/25/2016
    The best robot vacuum
    Engadget labels the iRobot Roomba 650 as the best robotic vacuum cleaner, in conclusion of 30 cleaning cycle test with four top robot vacuums. The Roomba 650 is credited for its affordable price in comparison to the Roomba 980.  
    — Engadget
  • 2/18/2016
    The war for tech talent escalates
    How fierce is the competition for technical talent in Massachusetts? “I’ve had a long career in human resources and watched a lot of [hiring] cycles, and this is as intense as any of them,” states iRobot executive vice president of human resources Russ Campanello.
    — The Boston Globe
  • 2/3/2016
    Everything You Need For a Romantic, Valentine's Date Night At Home: SHOP
    What’s a better way to win your lover’s heart than purchasing an iRobot Roomba 980 for the house? iRobot’s newest robotic vacuum cleaners are featured as the key to a clean and inviting home on “date night.”
    — Hollywood Life
  • 1/1/2016
    The Ultimate Guide to Tech@50+
    The Roomba 650 has been selected as one of AARP’s favorites for having the ability to save your back and your time.
    — AARP
  • 1/15/2016
    Hilton test guest-greeting robots and noise cancelling rooms
    The Hilton McLean Tysons Corner Hotel has recently implemented the testing of guest greeting robots and noise cancelling rooms through partnerships with Google, 3M and iRobot.
    — The Washington Post
  • 12/29/2015
    Robot vacuums: Roomba vs. Neato vs. Deebot
    Ben Popper of The Verge compares the Roomba 980 with other new offerings in the robot vacuum cleaner category.
    — The Verge
  • 12/29/2015
    "The iRobot Roomba 880 is a geniously designed, powerful cleaning machine. It does the job you don’t want to do, when you want it to do it."
    — Busted Wallet - Busted Wallet Staff
  • 12/24/2015
    The future is now: 5 robots you can already buy today
    "Roomba 650 and Braava 380t are two of the five commercially available robots that can help you listed in this article."
    — BGR
  • 12/16/2015
    Christmas 2015: Top 5 Best Robot Vacuum Cleaners
    "This newest iRobot vacuum cleaner is an ideal gift for anyone who wants the latest iRobot Roomba model with updated navigation technology and several new features."
    — Heavy - Kate Halse
  • 12/14/2015
    Review: iRobot Roomba 980
    “Overall, I’m very happy (and more than a little bit impressed) by how the Roomba 980 handles itself. It can get around my entire apartment without me having to think about it, it doesn’t miss spots, it’s fast and efficient, and it cleans easily as well as my 880 does."
    — IEEE Spectrum - Evan Ackerman
  • 12/7/2015
    Ten unique holiday gifts made by Mass.-based tech firms, startups
    "The Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner is a favorite. How awesome to be able to just set it and forget it! For households that gather tumbleweeds 24 hours after vacuuming, this device is a godsend."
    — Boston Business Journal - Sara Castellanos
  • 11/25/2015
    2015 Robot Gift Guide
    "Roomba 980, Roomba 560 and Looj 330 are included in this holiday gift guide for drones, robot toys and home robots."
    — IEEE Spectrum - Erico Guizzo and Evan Ackerman
  • 11/20/2015
    Smart Ways To Save Space
    "Open up your storage closet. What’s taking up the most space? I’ll bet it’s a large vacuum cleaner. If that’s the case, it’s time to upgrade to this tiny, round robot that not only saves space in your closet, but does your cleaning for you. Schedule daily cleanings or tell it to start up directly from an app on your smartphone."
    — Ask Men - Dan Michel
  • 11/18/2015
    Holiday Gift Ideas 2015: Home Essentials
    “The newest model of the Roomba lets you control the Wi-Fi-equipped vacuum bot directly from your phone. Your living room just got a whole lot cleaner, and party tricks just got even better. Your shaggy pet never stood a chance."
    — The Verge
  • 11/6/2015
    Can Massachusetts grow the next EMC?
    "iRobot has the potential to grow much bigger — and remain a central player– as robots continue to move spread from the factory and battlefield into the consumer market."
    — The Boston Globe - Scott Kirsner
  • 10/26/2015
    How iRobot Could Control Your Smart Home and Become Your Butler
    "In 2002, Colin Angle sent his army of Roombas into our homes. For years they've done a great job sucking up dirt. His newest model, the 980, does a heck of a lot more. It maps your home so a future model might one day navigate it as your personal butler."
    — Popular Science - Lindsey Kratochwill
  • 10/15/2015
    Why Your Gadgets Can Now ‘See’ in 3-D
    "Computer vision enables robots to navigate their surroundings and avoid obstacles, similar to the newest version of the Roomba robotic vacuum."
    — The Wall Street Journal - Jack Nicas
  • 10/10/2015
    Massachusetts emerges as a robot industry powerhouse
    “iRobot is an anchor of a burgeoning Massachusetts robotics industry that includes more than 100 companies, employs more than 3,000, and attracts tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars of investments.
    — The Boston Globe - Nidhi Subbaraman
  • 10/6/2015
    Appliance Science: How robotic vacuums navigate
    "We have reviewed products like the iRobot Roomba 980 that include a scary amount of electronic smarts. So, how do these marvels of modern cleaning technology navigate their way around your home? There are two parts to the answer: sensors and smarts."
    — CNET - Richard Baguley, Colin McDonald
  • 10/6/2015
    U.S. Navy orders new robots, servicing
    "iRobot has received contracts from the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center for support services for MK1 robots in use and for production of new units."
    — UPI
  • 10/5/2015
    Local firms show off drones and bots for law enforcement
    "iRobot showed off a new user interface that will let police and soldiers control the company’s venerable PackBot robots with a touchscreen tablet."
    — The Boston Globe - Hiawatha Bray
  • 9/23/2015
    Smart Little Suckers: Next-Gen Robot Vacuums
    "Don’t have time to vacuum before a last-minute guest comes over? No worries. Just turn on your robo housekeeper from the grocery store."
    — The Wall Street Journal - Nathan Olivarez-Giles
  • 9/22/2015
    New iRobot Roomba Keeps Your Whole Home Clean
    “iRobot, the Apple of the robot vacuum cleaner world, has made a breakthrough in robotic cleaning with its latest model, the Roomba 980.
    — Techlicious - Stewart Wolpin
  • 9/16/2015
    iRobot's Roomba 980 Maps Your Home Via Camera and Takes Smartphone Commands
    “There’s a reason iRobot is calling the Roomba 980 its smartest robo-vac yet. Not only does the camera that help it map it’s going and where it’s been, this is the first Roomba that connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi, allowing you to command it with a smartphone. Even if you’re not in the house.
    — The Wall Street Journal - Nathan Olivarez-Giles
  • 9/16/2015
    Cloud-connected Roomba sucks (in a good way)
    “My kids' nanny who is a stickler for cleanliness praised Roomba for how well it sucked up dirt and crumbs, especially in a carpeted family room.
    — USA Today - Edward C. Baig
  • 9/16/2015
    This Is The Most Advanced Roomba Ever Made
    “See Fido knock over a potted plant? Dispatch a Roomba to clean things up before you even get home.
    — TIME - Alex Fitzpatrick
  • 9/16/2015
    You Can Finally Control Your Roomba With Your Phone
    “It’s hard not to overstate the importance of the app update; it’s honestly crazy-making to think that before this, Roomba owners owned a robot they couldn’t control from their phones.
    — WIRED - Molly McHugh
  • 9/4/2015
    Robot Vacuum Review
    The Gold Award Winner goes to the iRobot Roomba 880 in this lineup of ten robotic vacuums.
    — Top Ten Reviews
  • 8/21/2015
    iRobot to deliver 110 FirstLook robots to US Navy
    "Robotic technology-based solutions provider iRobot has secured an order from the US Navy to deliver its model 110 FirstLook robots and accessories."
    — Naval Technology
  • 8/17/2015
    Career Focus: The Three *New* Laws of Roboticists
    'To bring a robot to life is an enormously complex and challenging role,' says Russ Campanello, executive V.P. of human resources for iRobot, the company behind the Roomba robotic vacuum and a wide range of medical, communication, and defense and security robots."
    — IEEE USA - John R. Platt
  • 8/1/2015
    The future is now!
    "Hailed as a major step forward for telemedicine, the RP-VITA is now scooting through hospital hallways thanks to Bedford-based iRobot, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary."
    — The Improper Bostonian - Matt Martinelli
  • 7/30/2015
    How robots are taking over our homes - but not as you'd expect
    iRobot founder and CEO Colin Angle is quoted in this article on the future of home robots and his hopes of using roving robots to create a digital map of our homes.
    — Financial Times
  • 7/17/2015
    Made in Massachusetts: Robots
    "From floors to the front line, Bedford-based iRobot is on the cutting edge of robot technology. The roots of robot technology seem primitive, but now, iRobot makes some of the most advanced products in the world."
    — WHDH Boston - Nick Emmons
  • 7/13/2015
    Telemedicine puts a doctor virtually at your bedside
    RP-VITA is featured in this news hour about how telemedicine is beginning to transform the way we experience the medical system.
    — PBS Newshour
  • 7/9/2015
    Study: The Most Effective Ads in Q2 Were Clear Pitches for New Products
    iRobot and Mercedez-Benz both had successful commercials in Q2, and much of their success was attributed to the fact that they told a story in a compelling way while also including new product features.
    — AdWeek
  • 7/2/2015
    The newest employee at Boston tech firm Carbonite isn't human
    "[Carbonite's] newest hire is a telepresence robot called Ava 500, made by Bedford-based robot maker iRobot."
    — Boston Business Journal - Sara Castellanos
  • 6/25/2015
    States battle in the race to win US robotics war
    More than 10 million home robots have been sold worldwide by iRobot, the publicly traded Massachusetts-based company well known to humans—and felines—for its automated Roomba vacuum cleaners."
    — CNBC - Andrew Zaleski
  • 6/11/2015
    Stop laughing at those clumsy humanoid robots
    "Even the people at iRobot—makers of tracked bomb disposal bots and the hockey puck-shaped, wheeled Roomba cleaning robot—agree. “Manipulation tasks, using their arms to do things like open a door, turn a valve, or unplug and plug an electrical cord are very hard tasks,” says Chris Jones, director of strategic technology development at iRobot."
    — Wired - Matt Simon
  • 6/8/2015
    The Everything Guide to Doing Nothing
    "No effort: The fast-charging iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot (an evolution of the beloved vacuum by the same brand) is guided via GPS to wipe up dirt, hair, and dust from any hard-surface floors, including vinyl, wood, and laminate, using an attached dry or damp cleaning cloth."
    — New York Magazine
  • 5/29/2015
    Build your own robot butler with these 5 gadgets that can make your life easier
    Not only will it entertain your cat for you, Roomba sweeps both hard wood and carpet with no human assistance. The bot is guided by 360-degree censors as it covers every inch of your home's floor. Schedule cleaning or activate as needed. Oh, and it docks and charges itself.
    — New York Daily News - Colter Hettich
  • 5/22/2015
    Robotic Vacuum Faceoff: Roomba 880 vs. Roomba 870
    You’ve likely heard of the popular iRobot brand of technologically advanced cleaners, but do you know what makes one of the manufacturer’s products better than another? We put the iRobot Roomba 880 and the iRobot Roomba 870 head to head to find out the secret behind those confusing product model numbers.
    — Nerd Wallet - Courtney Jespersen
  • 5/22/2015
    Best robotic vacuums from Consumer Reports' tests
    Robotic vacuums such as the six we’ve tested won’t clean carpets as well as your average upright or canister, but those vacuums can’t push themselves around. And the $700 iRobot Roomba 880 topped our chart with great pickup and smart navigation.
    — Consumer Reports
  • 5/14/2015
    iRobot wants to map your house and connect your smart home
    iRobot, the company that makes Roombas, wants to start making photorealistic 3D maps of homes, so you can more accurately tell your vacuum where to clean. The company wants to make smart homes more intelligent by thinking of the whole house as more of a “system,” co-founder and CEO Colin Angle told Mashable.
    — Digital Trends - Krystle Vermes
  • 5/13/2015
    Roomba maker has plans to crown robots ruler of the smart home
    The key to scaling the idea of a smart home could be maps. iRobot has ostensibly been making smart home devices longer than anyone, but most think of its Roomba robotic vacuum as an appliance and of iRobot as an appliance company. On the cusp of its second quarter century, iRobot thinks it can change that perception by officially entering the smart home field, but through a side door.
    — Mashable - Lance Ulanoff
  • 5/8/2015
    Navy Robots Test the Limits of Autonomy
    Remote-controlled unmanned robots have been in use by the military for over a decade. IRobot’s Packbot defuses bombs, armed drones track and strike their targets and the MK-18, an underwater torpedo-shaped vehicle, mimics a dolphin’s sonar to locate mines on the ocean floor. What these robots have in common is that there is one person directly controlling them.
    — The New York Times
  • 5/7/2015
    Mother's Day gift guide 2015: Five ways to say thanks, Mom
    Keeping the house neat and tidy isn't just a job for mom, but some of those chores don't need to be a job for anybody either these days. Thanks to iRobot's Roomba line, we are able to delegate some of the more menial tasks of housekeeping to these self-operating vacuum cleaners, freeing us to do more significant chores.
    — Slash Gear - JC Torres
  • 4/30/2015
    32 Useful Productivity Gadgets for 2015
    The iRobot Ava is designed to reduce airfare costs–you can control it from any computer. Videoconferencing robots came out a few years ago, but now they are starting to appear in business because they now support more applications and integrate into networks easier.
    — TIME - John Brandon
  • 4/25/2015
    Still need to get a Mother's Day gift? Here are some gadgets she'll actually use
    Does anyone think their mom actually enjoyed picking up after them? Pay her back for all those times she helped you clean your room by lightening her chore load. There’s always the iRobot Scooba ($550), which scrubs floors clean, or the Swash Express Clothing Care System, a device that de-wrinkles and refreshes clothes.
    — Digital Trends - Jenny McGrath
  • 4/23/2015
    iRobot: Making Strides in the Promising Robotics Industry
    The management is right to be optimistic about iRobot's future, as the company has much to look forward to. While iRobot is still primarily involved in consumer robotics, opportunities in robotic segments outside of this arena are becoming more promising.
    — Seeking Alpha
  • 4/3/2015
    Using robots to ignite kids' excitement for science
    iRobot's Colin Angle on what they are doing to inspirie students to get involved with STEM during National Robotics Week.
    — Fox News
  • 3/31/2015
    How the Roomba sparked a hacking revolution
    But it’s not just a smart vacuum cleaner: The Roomba is one of the most popular robots for do-it-yourself hacking and tinkering. In fact iRobot, creators of the Roomba, released the Create 2 just for that purpose: It's a hackable version of the robot that’s used for research, science, and technology education.
    — The Daily Dot - Selena Larson
  • 3/30/2015
    6 robot cleaners that will keep your house looking spotless
    If you're looking for a mopping robot, this little robot will do all the mopping that you dread. The "whisper-quiet" iRobot Braava 320 cleans open areas in a room, and turns itself off once it's done. It cleans hard surfaces including vinyl, hardwood, and laminate.
    — Houston Chronicle
  • 3/27/2015
    Spring cleaning without lifting a finger
    Spring means melting snow, budding trees, and of course, the dreaded spring cleaning. But spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a chore. Before you start this spring, take a look at some of these robo-cleaners, including the iRobot Roomba 880 and Looj, which will have your house looking great without you having to break a sweat.
    — Fox News - Adam Verwymeren
  • 3/27/2015
    Battle of the Floorbots: Roomba Takes on 3 Challengers
    If you didn’t have to pay for your robot vac, the Roomba would win this battle. Its navigation and cleaning are the best, its software and programming the most sophisticated, and its infrared terminals the most versatile.
    — Yahoo! - David Pogue
  • 3/20/2015
    7 Services That Will Basically Do Your Spring Cleaning For You
    The home experts at Bob Villa suggest one outdoor task that you also want to make sure you don't overlook -- cleaning the gutters, which is where Looj comes in. The gutter cleaning robot, a cousin of the Roomba, promises to blast away leaves, dirt, clogs and sludge all on its own.
    — The Huffington Post - Jessica Cumberbatch
  • 3/20/2015
    White House names top Facebook engineer as first director of IT
    The White house has picked David Recordon from Facebook to become its first Director of Information Technology, pictured here wearing an iRobot t-shirt.
    — Engadget - Mariella Moon
  • 3/19/2015
    Is it time to buy a robot?
    You are probably aware of iRobot, maker of the Roomba, a robot vacuum cleaner that debuted in 2002. The company has also rolled out other housecleaning robots, including the Braava, which mops floors; the Scooba 450, which sweeps and scrubs floors; and the Looj 330, which tunnels through gutters, whacking away debris with blades that spin at 500 revolutions per minute.
    — U.S. News - Geoff Williams
  • 3/18/2015
    Cool pool tools
    Another cool pool tool this season is iRobot’s Mirra, a pool-cleaning robot developed by the same people who created Roomba, the popular self-driven home vacuum cleaner. “Mirra is designed for daily use,” says iRobot senior product manager, Jeff Karlson, “It’s very easy to use with minimum set up, and takes one of the messiest pool cleaning jobs – debris management – and makes it a breeze.
    — Ocean Home
  • 3/18/2015
    iRobot Roomba 770 Robot Vacuum Cleaner Review
    The Roomba 770 earns an “Editor’s Choice” Award (9/10) in this positive review. “As a generalist, the iRobot Roomba 770  is one of the best robot vacuums out there. In our tests, it did what a robot vacuum should: got itself where it needed to go in order to tidy up your floors between cleanings.
    — Reviewed.com - Jonathan Chan
  • 3/16/2015
    20 Gadgets to Help You Increase Your Work-From-Home Productivity
    Roomba: If you're spending more time at home, your home will accumulate more dust and debris. Roomba takes care of it for you, constantly working to keep your floors clean for you.
    — Inc. - Drew Hendricks
  • 3/13/2015
    Robo Madness Boston: The Photos and Takeaways
    Xconomy’s first-ever dedicated robotics event in Boston was a smash hit. Here’s hoping the local community can keep the momentum going and solidify its standing as a worldwide leader in the field.
    — Xconomy - Gregory T. Huang
  • 3/11/2015
    10 Tech Gadgets to Enhance Your Business and Lifestyle - From the iWatch to an iRobot
    Soon, you can express your gratitude to the iRobot, Ava 500 (#9), your next future coworker. The Ava 500 iRobot is a free-standing, virtual collaboration robot that acts as a telepresence for workers in globally dispersed organizations.
    — Design & Trend - Meg Busacca
  • 3/1/2015
    The 20 Best Tech Products of the Last 20 Years
    The first commercially available domestic robot, the Roomba vacuum cleaned your carpets, terrified the pets, and then returned to its charging station when it ran out of juice. Since then, iRobot has introduced machines for cleaning hardwood floors, gutters, and pools.
    — Yahoo! - Dan Tynan
  • 3/2/2015
    Spotlight: iRobot provides protection, productivity, and mission effectiveness for its responders
    The iRobot product line of ground robots runs the gamut from small to large. It includes FirstLook®, a five-pound throwable robot, and PackBot®, a versatile robot capable of lifting more than 30 pounds and accommodating disrupters from various manufacturers.
    — Police One
  • 2/19/2015
    Best of Our Test: Robotic Vacuums
    Reliable Classic - iRobot Roomba 880: The Roomba lived up to its renown, clearing 90% of soil on bare floors and 73% on carpets, thanks in part to a side brush that gathers debris from corners.
    — Good Housekeeping