updated 04:15 pm EST, Mon November 10, 2008
iRobot intros WALL-E robot
iRobot, a company specializing in developing and manufacturing house-cleaning devices, has recently teamed up with Disney to release a limited-edition version of its Roomba 530 robot with special WALL-E paint and graphics. Unlike the special editions of the cleaning devices introduced this summer, the WALL-E edition does not have features that distinguish it from the standard Roomba 530 model. The battery will last long enough to clean three rooms, and two wall transmitters help guide the robot in its cleaning mission.
Both are essentially automated vacuum cleaners that feature sensors enabling them to get through rooms and around furniture and walls. They are able of memorizing a room's layout and their path and return to their docking station, which also recharges them.
Due for a limited, 400-unit November 20th release in Japan, the WALL-E-themed iRobot is priced at the equivalent of about $860, or about $50 more than the standard model. [via Impress]