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iRobot Acquires Evolution Robotics, Makers Of The Mint Robot Vacuum, For $74 Million

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http://techcrunch.com – Home (and military) robot maker iRobot has just acquired Evolution Robotics, the makers of the Mint floor-cleaning robot with an R&D shop focused on navigational tools. The Mint cleaner will join iRobot’s Roomba line. In a press release that touts the move as an expansion of iRobot’s “position as global robotic floor care market-leader,” the company announced that it paid cash for Evolution out of its own reserves. ER was founded in 2001 and launched the Mint floor cleaner in 2010. Because Mint is designed for hardwood floors, the essentially non-competing products (IT news)