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iRobot Adds Wireless Command Center to New $700 Roomba Vacuum

IRobot, maker of defense and maritime robotics — it also makes the Roomba vacuum cleaner — has released a new vacuum as part of its Roomba 700 series. The Roomba 790 is an upgraded version of the 780, featuring a redesigned faceplate and a wireless remote that allows for room-to-room navigation. It costs $700 — $100 more than the Roomba 780, and about the same price as this hefty Oreck (non-robotic) vacuum.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus