The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to institute an investigation of certain robotic vacuum cleaning devices and components based on a complaint filed by iRobot Corporation, according to the company. The complaint, filed April 18 by iRobot, alleges infringement of six U.S. patents against several robotic vacuum manufacturers.
iRobot has extended the availability of its cloud-connected cleaning with the launch of the Roomba 890 and Roomba 690 WiFi connected vacuuming robots. The company has also launched an Amazon Alexa skill for U.S. customers of WiFi connected Roomba robotic vacuums.
Following a strong holiday season, iRobot Corp. continued to see gains in revenue and net income in the first quarter.
Shark has launched the DuoClean Powered Lift-Away Speed upright vacuum, its first upright to utilize the company’s DuoClean technology.
Robotic vacuum supplier iRobot has taken legal action against five floor care suppliers, claiming that each of the companies have used its patented technology without permission.
Bobsweep has added to its smart home focused robotic vacuum line with the new Dustin model.
At the recent International Home + Housewares Show, Midea unveiled a new lineup of vacuum cleaners set to launch in 2017 under its recently acquired Eureka brand.
Neato Robotics has integrated Google Assistant on Google Home within its connected lineup of robotic vacuums. The integration further expands technical capabilities and ensures that Neato is fully integrated into the smart connected home, the company said.
iRobot has updated its iRobot Home App in an effort to expand the value of connected Roomba vacuuming robots within the smart home.
Stanley Black & Decker has completed its purchase of the Craftsman brand from Sears Holdings Corporation for approximately $900 million in cash.