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Tech Talk: New robot sweeps, scrubs, and mops floors

by Doug Delony / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on January 8, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 1:29 PM

HOUSTON – We’re continuing to hear about new gadgets coming out of CES, including a new cleaning tool from iRobot and a remake of the Polaroid camera. This and more in today’s Tech Talk…

== New Polaroid camera ==
The Polaroid is back with a digital twist. It's called the Socialmatic. The new camera has been in the works for about two years, but at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, the company said it’s finally going to be a reality later this year. The small camera with a retro look runs the Android operating system and allows you to take a photo and post it to sites like Instagram or Facebook. Just like the old Polaroid cameras, you can also print (with special Polaroid paper – no ink required) the photos instantly. The images print on two-by-three inch "stickers."

== iRobot’s new floor-scrubbing robot ==
The Roomba, which sweeps floors, has been around a long time now. So now iRobot is out with a brand new bot that scrubs floors like nothing before it. The company says the Scooba 450 scrubs hard floors and mops them. It automatically sweeps, pre-soaks, then squeegees your floors. It reportedly does a better job than its predecessors, and the battery lasts longer. All that scrubbing will also clean out your wallet: the price tag is expected to be $599.99, and the charging stations with other accessories will run you another $80.

== Sony PS4 sales ==
Sony is bragging about its PS4 sales. The company says 4.2 million gaming systems have been sold around the world. By comparison, Microsoft says it has sold 3 million Xbox One consoles. It is worth noting that the PS4 is being sold in 48 countries, which is 35 more than the Xbox.

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