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iRobot Introduces Mirra 530 Pool Cleaning Robot, Looj Goes International

iRobot's newest household service bot tackles your swimming pool

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iRobot Introduces Mirra 530 Pool Cleaning Robot, Looj Goes International

Just ahead of CES next week, iRobot has announced a brand new pool cleaning robot, the Mirra 530, as well as international availability for the little Looj 330 gutter cleaner

I'll be honest with you, here: I don't have a pool, I know nothing about pools, and I have no idea whether anybody actually needs a pool cleaning robot. But iRobot seems to think that there's a market, because the Mirra 530 is the third model that they've come out with, after the Verro 300 and the Verro 500. At $1,300, it's also the most expensive, but I guess if you have your own pool, you've got money to throw into a hole in the ground. If you can afford it, it looks like this robot will probably keep your pool squeaky clean without you having to lift much more than a finger or two.

Anyway, here's the video, followed by a bunch of highlights from iRobot:

  • Dual top-load filter canisters for easier and faster emptying of debris.
  • Modern styling and aesthetic.
  • iAdapt Nautiq allows the robot to size up the approximate dimensions of the pool - then choose the optimum cleaning cycle for maximum efficiency.
  • Provides the most thorough cleaning by making multiple passes over the entire inside of the pool, floor to waterline, including walls and stairs.
  • Constantly responds to its environment by navigating obstacles, changing directions when necessary and making sure not to tangle its 60-foot floating power cord.
  • Self-contained vacuum, pump and filter system works without suction lines or other modifications to existing systems.
  • Pumps and filters 70 gallons of pool water per minute.
  • Reduces heated hot spots and keeps chlorinated water evenly distributed.
  • PVC active scrubbing brush lifts dirt, algae and bacteria off the pool floor and walls, including the water line where oils and bacteria can build up. Fine filters capture debris as tiny as two microns.

The Mirra 530 will be available for $1,300.

Meanwhile, the Looj 330 is heading out to try to make a life for itself in the big wide world, with availability "in select countries worldwide beginning Spring 2013."

[ iRobot ]

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The Bionic-Hand Arms Race

The prosthetics industry is too focused on high-tech limbs that are complicated, costly, and often impractical

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A photograph of a young woman with brown eyes and neck length hair dyed rose gold sits at a white table. In one hand she holds a carbon fiber robotic arm and hand. Her other arm ends near her elbow. Her short sleeve shirt has a pattern on it of illustrated hands.

The author, Britt Young, holding her Ottobock bebionic bionic arm.

Gabriela Hasbun. Makeup: Maria Nguyen for MAC cosmetics; Hair: Joan Laqui for Living Proof

In Jules Verne’s 1865 novel From the Earth to the Moon, members of the fictitious Baltimore Gun Club, all disabled Civil War veterans, restlessly search for a new enemy to conquer. They had spent the war innovating new, deadlier weaponry. By the war’s end, with “not quite one arm between four persons, and exactly two legs between six,” these self-taught amputee-weaponsmiths decide to repurpose their skills toward a new projectile: a rocket ship.

The story of the Baltimore Gun Club propelling themselves to the moon is about the extraordinary masculine power of the veteran, who doesn’t simply “overcome” his disability; he derives power and ambition from it. Their “crutches, wooden legs, artificial arms, steel hooks, caoutchouc [rubber] jaws, silver craniums [and] platinum noses” don’t play leading roles in their personalities—they are merely tools on their bodies. These piecemeal men are unlikely crusaders of invention with an even more unlikely mission. And yet who better to design the next great leap in technology than men remade by technology themselves?

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