iRobot closes sharply higher after announcing new floor-scrubbing robot

iRobot (IRBT +7.1%) has launched the Scooba 450, a $600 floor-scrubbing robot meant for consumers but said to be based on "industrial-style cleaners," at CES. (PR)

iRobot claims the 450 is 3x as effective as prior-gen Scooba model at cleaning floors, and can wash away up to 99.3% of all bacteria. The robot pairs a three-cycle cleaning process with a scrubbing brush that spins at 600+ rpm.

GigaOm is a fan of the 450 after giving it a spin, praising its cleaning effectiveness and fast charging time (less than three hours for a full charge). At the same time, it concedes the 450's price tag ($320 above that of the more basic Scooba 230) means it's "not for the casual neat freak."

After retracing its steps a bit, iRobot is once more near the levels it jumped to following news of Google's acquisition of defense robot maker Boston Dynamics.

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