Photos: The history of iRobot's Roomba

Rug Warrior

Joe Jones came up with the idea for the Roomba in 1989. Here's a history of its development, from the early models to the present version.

This is the "Rug Warrior" -- the mostly LEGO robot Joe Jones built for the AI Olympics in 1989. It’s Roomba's earliest ancestor.

Also see: Joe Jones: Roomba inventor. Roboticist. Vindicated pioneer.

Image: Joe Jones

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Hope Reese is a Staff Writer for TechRepublic. She covers the intersection of technology and society, examining the people and ideas that transform how we live today.

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