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App-Controlled Vacuum Comes with Internal Mapping

At first glance, it might seem a little underwhelming to the vacuumers of the world that the latest product from iRobot, the Roomba 980, boasts internal mapping as a key new feature. But it's such a leap forward that CEO and cofounder Colin Angle evokes Lewis and Clark when discussing the achievement. It's a problem iRobot has been trying to solve for a decade, and Angle said this model is the biggest leap forward for them since the first Roomba, which was introduced in 2002. The ability to map allows the Roomba 980 to avoid more obstacles, clean a home more efficiently—think parallel lines—and recharge itself without starting the room over.

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