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Company behind Roomba unveils bathroom device

The last floor you’d expect a Roomba to zoom around on is the office of a cleaning service. Nevertheless, MaidPro has used the robotic vacuum in its Canal Street digs.

The last floor you’d expect a Roomba to zoom around on is the office of a cleaning service. Nevertheless, MaidPro has used the robotic vacuum in its Canal Street digs.

“It works great,” James Doyle of MaidPro said of Bedford-based iRobot’s signature product. “It would come in and bop into your office and bop its way out and into the next office.”

Tomorrow the cultural icon’s sidekick, Scooba — a bathroom-cleaning robot — will be unveiled at the prestigious Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

“People don’t like to vacuum, so that was an obvious one,” iRobot CEO Colin Angle said of Roomba. “An even more obvious one but more technically challenging was the bathroom. We needed to make a robot small enough to get around the toilet and clean in a way it would pick up any fluid on the floor.”

Scooba 230, however, doesn’t clean tubs, toilets or sinks and costs $299.

“It cleans one aspect of a house versus us cleaning an entire house,” Doyle said. “But it could be cool for general upkeep.”

Angle agreed that the Jetsons’ Rosie won’t scrub your toilet anytime soon.

“I certainly imagine the day when a house takes care of itself, but done in a way different than Rosie acting as a cleaning person,” he said. “Rather than a legged maid lifting the lid and cleaning inside the toilet, it’s going to be much more cost effective to have a toilet that cleans itself.”

 
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