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iRobot's Roomba, Looj Updated to Clean Your Home Better Than You

iRobot(NEW YORK) -- iRobot, the maker of popular home robots, announced on Tuesday new versions of two of its autonomous cleaning devices -- the Looj and the Roomba.

Like previous Roombas, the 600 Series uses sensors to find dirt on carpets, wood floors, tile and laminate, but it’s now been improved with AreoVac technology that doesn’t require the dust bin to be emptied as often and new brushes that allow hair to be removed more easily.  It’s also gotten a new color design.

The biggest improvement, though, is in price.  The models in the 600 Series (the 630, 650, 660) are now the most affordable Roombas; the 630 starts at $329.99 and will replace the entry-level 500 series.  But that doesn’t mean you give up other key functions; all models can automatically find their own home base docks to recharge their batteries, have special wall detection sensors, and have technology to clean the dirtiest sections of a floor multiple times.

For those more concerned about outdoor home cleaning, iRobot is also releasing a new version of the Looj: a bot that does the tougher and dirtier job of cleaning the gutters.

“We wanted to make it easier and safer for people to use,” Jeff Karlson, Technical Project Manager for iRobot, told ABC News.

The Looj 330 has been totally redesigned with a faster auger that spins at 500 RPM, new interchangeable auger flaps (it comes with three), a larger 7.2 volt lithium-ion battery, and multiple speed choices for big gutter clogs.

The $299.99 Looj has a remote control that doubles as a handle.  Slide the horizontal bot into a dirty gutter, slide out the handle, press start and the Looj will start spinning away and kick the leaves and debris out.  The remote can control the robot from 50 feet away.

Both iRobot robots are available online Tuesday.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Study Finds Dirty Stores Will Lead Customers Out the Door

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- It could be anything from a dirty bathroom to a smudged window that might lead a customer out of a store, never to return, a new study found on Thursday. The results of a Cintas Corporation survey show that 99 percent of adults in the United States said that any issues of cleanliness in a store with negatively affect their perception of that retailer.

The top issue that would negatively impact a shopper's perception of a store was a dirty bathroom, which 95 percent of people put as their top gripe. Second was an unpleasant odor, and rounding out the top three was poor customer service.

The other items on the list of issues with stores were dirty floors, dirty shopping carts, poor staff appearance, spills or stains, and dirty glass and windows, in that order.

“The retail industry is exceptionally competitive, so retailers must provide a pleasant shopping experience to attract and maintain loyal shoppers,” said Mike Thompson, Senior Vice President, Cintas Facility Services. “This research affirms that maintaining a clean retail environment can significantly impact the success of a retail operation.”

With budget and staffing cutbacks at many retail operations, trying to keep up with cleanliness at a store, let alone customer service and keeping the shelves stocked, may prove to be more and more difficult. Whichever companies can stay the cleanest may have the best shot at retaining a high volume of customers.

“If shoppers are unsatisfied with the cleanliness of a retail store, they will take their business elsewhere,” added Dave Mesko, Senior Director of Marketing with Cintas.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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