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iRobot Shipping First Bristle-Free Roomba Vacuum (Your Cat Can Still Ride on It)

Massachusetts-based iRobot, maker of defense- and consumer robots, is launching a line of “bristle-free” Roomba vacuum cleaners for the home. Called the Roomba 800 Series, the new vacuums are said to have “AeroForce extractors” that suck up to 50 percent more dirt, dust and hair from dry floors. The first in the series, the Roomba 880, is shipping for $700. That’s a pricey vacuum, but on par with previous new-Roomba prices, and at least your cat-in-a-shark-suit will appreciate it.


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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