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iRobot's Roomba is about to get a little competition from the folks at Dyson. Rumor has it that Dyson is recruiting roboticists who can help create a robotic vacuum with autopilot and mapping capabilities, the latter feature being something the Roomba lacks (it relies on bump sensors for direction).


So does this mean there's a more sophisticated robotic vacuum lurking around the corner? Could be, though I'm still waiting for the day we have robot maids.

Dyson Preparing a Roomba Killer [New Scientist via Gadget Lab]