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Now in N. America, Braava the new floor-mopping robot from iRobot

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Looking to lighten the work load for home clean-up crews, iRobot Corp. of Bedford said it is debuting the iRobot Braava Floor Mopping Robot in North America.

With pricing that begins at $199, the Braava seems to be a nice complement to the Roomba, a vacuum-cleaning robot that iRobot brought to market in 2002. (Braava was introduced in Europe earlier this year, the company said.)

In announcing the North American launch of the iRobot Braava Floor Mopping Robot, the company noted that it has sold more than 10 million home robots worldwide.

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IRobot also makes robots used by military services and law-enforcement agencies. They can perform such tasks as reconnaissance and the neutralizing of explosive devices.

But in 2012, the company warned of possible losses as cuts in US defense spending were expected to reduce demand for its military robots.

Meanwhile, iRobot has been putting more emphasis on its home robots.

Earlier this year, iRobot won Food and Drug Administration clearance for a new line of robots designed to let doctors interact with hospital patients remotely.

In Thursday’s press release, the company said: “The iRobot Braava Floor Mopping Robot automatically dry- and damp-mops hard floors using two cleaning modes, keeping dirt and dust under control. Braava uses disposable or reusable cleaning cloths that are simple to attach and remove. The robot is easy to use. At the push of a button, Braava is off to mop for you – and when it is done cleaning, the robot returns to where it started. It is whisper quiet, featuring a soft-touch bumper and quiet motors, so it cleans without disrupting daily activity or sleep.”

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