iRobot unveils gutter-cleaning and teleconferencing robots

iRobot announced two new products today.

Looj is a gutter-cleaning bot. It's remote-controlled. You put it up in a gutter, step down the ladder, and direct its movement while the bot does the cleaning.

The other is ConnectR, which iRobot describes as a "virtual visiting robot." It's equipped with speakers and a camera, and the idea is it enables real-time "virtual visits" over the Internet.

The Looj is available now, but ConnectR isn't out yet -- and robot aficionados have the opportunity to be part of a pilot program this year.

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