iRobot turns vacuum into bottom feeder

Fire the pool boy


If the " Scooba " went on a massive steroid binge, it might turn out as something like this. iRobot has taken its famed vacuuming skills under water, totally submerging a new line for the swimming pool.

The "Verro" pool-cleaning bots come in two models that patrol the floor and climb walls to the waterline in 60 to 90 minutes It also uses artificial intelligence to avoid crashing into sunken tiki gods or pirate ships .

The Verros don't come cheap, at $800 and $1,200, but that may be a small price to pay to get rid of that slacker pool boy.

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