iRobot focuses on cleaning with latest Roomba, new tech said to pick up 50 percent more dirt

The Roomba turned 11 years old this year, and after working extensively to make its autonomous vacuum cleaners smarter, iRobot is turning its attention to the muscle that does the cleaning. “We’re gonna get a patent for this,” product manager Max Makeev confidently tells me while explaining iRobot’s replacement for the age-old vacuum cleaner brush. The company calls the new equipment “AeroForce Extractors,” and they are the headline feature of the Roomba 880, the new top-of-the-line vacuum cleaner robot being announced today.

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The two rotors look like traditional vacuum cleaner brushes — minus the bristles. Instead, grooves across the surface extract dirt and other debris from carpets and direct them into the vacuum’s air flow. iRobot…

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