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Robot War Breaks Out as Roomba Maker Sues Upstart SharkNinja

  • IRobot claims patent infringment from maker of copycat device
  • Roomba maker seeks judge’s order to block sales of SharkNinja
Shark IQ Robot Vacuum with Self-Empty Base, Wi-Fi & Home Mapping

Shark IQ Robot Vacuum with Self-Empty Base, Wi-Fi & Home Mapping

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The company that unveiled the Roomba robotic vacuum in the early 2000s launched a product last year that takes house cleaning to a new level: It maps your home, schedules sweeps through each room, empties the dust bin itself and even knows where to resume cleaning after has returned to its base for a recharge.

After being recognized by Time magazine for one of 2018’s inventions of the year, iRobot Corp. says it’s no accident that rival SharkNinja Operating LLC came out with a similar device a year later.