iRobot has long dominated the market for home cleaning robots, but other competitors have begun to emerge. Evolution Robotics has developed a new robot called Mint which uses disposable cleaning cloths to clean hard floors. By outsourcing the cleaning technology, Evolution was able to focus on the navigation and usability of the robot. The Mint should be available later this year for less than US $250.
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