America’s favorite consumer robotics company announced a new robot to complement its very successful line of Roomba robotic vacuums. Specifically, iRobot announced that in 2 days, on September 15th, consumers will be able to purchase a new version of the company’s Roomba robot vacuum specifically designed for vacuuming workshops and other similarly harsh environments.
The new robot is named Dirt Dog and it will be build differently than Roomba in order to handle the unusual kind of debris often found on workshop floors. The new robot will not suck dirt from the ground but instead it will scoop it up using brushes spinning at 1,000 revolutions per minute. The “Dirt Dog” will be able to pick up nuts, bolts, nails and other such refuse. In addition, Dirt Dog will have a larger, bagless bin but it will still be the same size as a regular Roomba. The iRobot Dirt Dog will sell for 129.99 USD and consumers will be able to buy it from the company’s website starting September 15th.
Greg White, iRobot’s president of Home Robots, said “We developed iRobot Dirt Dog to attack the dirtiest places in and around your home – garages, porches, decks, basements and under your workbench. iRobot Dirt Dog is the first robot made for jobs that are too dirty for a regular vacuum.” The company also admits that the reason they developed this new robot is mostly their response to user feedback. People would purchase a Roomba and then attempt to use it in places other than their living room only to be disappointed by its poor performance. The Dirt Dog was designed specifically to target this niche. I am particularly happy that a robotics company is developing robots according to the demands and needs of their clients instead of developing robots that are cool for the engineers but practically useless for everyone else.
You can read iRobot’s press release about the Dirt Dog here.