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.
The “For Sale” sign may be up at housewares supplier SharkNinja, according to a report from Reuters.
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.
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.
Hoover is undergoing a major rebranding effort, which looks to build on the brand’s heritage while modernizing the way it is perceived in the marketplace. The new campaign, “A New Generation of Clean,” builds upon the brand’s legacy while addressing the needs of today’s active family, the company said.
iRobot Corp. reported revenue for the full year 2016 was $660.6 million, compared with $616.8 million for the full year 2015. Net income for the fiscal year was $41.9 million, compared with $44.1 million for the full year 2015.
iRobot Corp. has named Elisha Finney, evp/chief financial officer at Varian Medical Systems, to its board of directors.
Black+Decker has expanded its floor care portfolio and entered the robotic vacuum market with its Smartech robotic vacuum line. The new robotic vacuums connect to the brand’s mobile app via Bluetooth, allowing users to control the vacuums from their smartphone.