iRobot: New home bots for the holidays

Will this year's holiday must-have gift be a robot? The Roomba maker promises two new toys for consumers later this year.

BOSTON, MASS.--She wouldn't say what, but she did say when.

At an info session on iRobot at the JPMorgan Technology Conference here Monday, co-founder and chairman of iRobot, Helen Greiner, said the company plans to launch two new consumer robots.

"I'm not going to play 20 questions with you...We want to have a real launch of any product we put out," said Greiner in response to several analysts' questions, which included things like "Will it have an arm?"

"We are going to launch them from our Web space, and they are not floor-cleaning robots. They are different types of robots with mechanical features ," she said.

Greiner said the company plans to release the two new products in time for the holiday season.

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In a software-driven world, it's easy to forget about the nuts and bolts. Whether it's cars, robots, personal gadgetry or industrial machines, Candace Lombardi examines the moving parts that keep our world rotating. A journalist who divides her time between the United States and the United Kingdom, Lombardi has written about technology for the sites of The New York Times, CNET, USA Today, MSN, ZDNet,, and GameSpot. She is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not a current employee of CNET.


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