The history of the Roomba

On the occasion of the latest Roomba release, looking back at this curious company and the product that put it on the map.

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This month iRobot (IRBT), the manufacturers of the Roomba, the robotic vacuuming system and cat-moving platform, introduced the Roomba 880 -- a souped-up model with rotating cylinders designed to literally chew up hair. The 880 boasts 50% more sucking power than previous models, which in the case of a vacuum is a good thing.

On the occasion of the latest Roomba release, we take look back at this curious company and the product that put it on the map. Take a spin with us down memory lane.

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