Monday, June 5, 2017

IRobot Discontinues Looj Gutter-Cleaning Robot

For the last two years or so, robot maker iRobot has been paring its product lineup to focus on its best-selling consumer devices.
IRobot quietly stopped selling its Looj gutter-cleaning robot in February, a company official told me last week. The Bedford, Mass.-based company is putting its focus on the Roomba vacuuming robots, Braava mopping robots and Mirra pool cleaning robot.
Customers can still purchase Looj through select retail partners online while supplies last. IRobot will continue to support Looj customers with online resources, including product manuals, parts, and support. And iRobot will continue to sell Looj accessories at for the time being.
IRobot introduced Looj in September 2007. It is a portable remote-controlled robot with a long, narrow body and tank treads designed to power through rain gutters. A spinning auger with flexible flaps at the front of the device throws leaves and other debris out of the gutter as it moves.
The Looj joins the Scooba floor-washing robot in the gone-but-not-forgotten department at iRobot. IRobot stopped selling Scooba in early 2016 to focus on its Braava line.

Photos: iRobot's Looj gutter-cleaning robot.

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