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Enter the Steamer: a new vacuum and mopping bot

Cyrus Farivar

iRobot meet your match: the Steamer. (No, it's not that kind of Steambot.) We know you've seen other challengers before, but this household robot newbie claims to "vacuums off dust after brushing, followed by mopping" and then busts out with a "mopping function using steam." Oooh snap, Roomba and Scooba. Did you hear that? That's the sound of a foreign robot comin' to steal your jobs. Whatcha gonna do about it, huh? HUH? Yeah, Steamer looks pretty good over there, with its "less than 65db" noise level, and "dust compartment cyclone," don't you think? If you want to catch a glimpse of your latest rival, you should scoot on over to RoboWorld 2006 in Korea right about now and then start training to get down to your fighting weight by February 2007, which is when the Steamer will hit Korean households everywhere. We're not sure how much the humans will be willing to pay a Steamer of their very own (get your mind out of the gutter), but if you find out on your recon mission, do tell us.

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