Evolution Robotics

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Evolution Robotics

Evolution Robotics was an American company specializing in robotics technologies from Pasadena, California. The product range covered computer vision, localization and autonomous navigation.

Evolution Robotics cooperated with Cambridge University for research in vision technology.[1] Software products of Evolution Robotics were licensed by the Korean Institute of Industrial Technology[2] and the Sony Robotics Division[3] and were part of WowWee robots like Rovio.[4]

On September 17, 2012 it was announced that Evolution Robotics was acquired by iRobot.[5][6]


Evolution Robotics Mint Cleaner using wet cloths from Swiffer

In January 2010, Evolution Robotics released Mint (model number: 4200), a cleaning robot which dusts and wet-mops hard surface floors.[7] The robot systematically covers the floor line-by-line and cleans around the edges before it returns to its original position. Mint is one of the most quiet floor cleaning robot (it has no vacuum motor), but it is not a fully autonomous robot. The cleaning cloth has to be attached to the cleaning pad before cleaning and it has to be removed after it is done. It could cover 93 sq m (1000 sq ft) mode and 23 sq m (250 sq ft) in wet mopping mode. Mint used a navigation cube as a beacon for navigation, and the original model was only able to handle one of these beacons at a time. The indoor navigation system is called NorthStar®.

On September 14, 2011 Evolution Robotics announced the second model of the Mint family, called Mint Plus (model number: 5200). The black robot was essentially a slightly improved version of the original Mint, supporting more than one NorthStar® cubes at a time, and the ability to continue work at the same spot if the robot was interrupted during cleaning (for cleaning cloth change).[8] Mint Plus also sported an automatic cleaning solution dispenser that keeps the cloth wet during cleaning, and one of the two versions came with a docking station. The docking station was a charging stand where the robot had to be placed manually.

Evolution Robotics Mint is now branded as iRobot Braava.



  1. ^ MTB Europe: Cambridge University cooperates with Evolution Robotics
  2. ^ Reuters: Korean Institute of Industrial Technology Licenses Evolution Robotics' ViPR Vision
  3. ^ Evolution Robotics: Company profile
  4. ^ "Breakthrough "Micro-GPS" solution from Evolution Robotics™ debuts at CES, featured on WowWee's new Rovio™ robot" (Press release). Idealab. Archived from the original on February 12, 2012. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  5. ^ "iRobot Acquires Evolution Robotics, Makers Of The Mint Robot Vacuum, For $74 Million – TechCrunch". techcrunch.com.
  6. ^ "iRobot Acquires Evolution Robotics, Inc" (Press release). iRobot. September 17, 2012. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  7. ^ "Evolution Robotics Introduces Mint™: The Evolution of Floor Cleaning" (Press release). Idealab. Archived from the original on September 15, 2012. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  8. ^ "Wet and Dry Vacuum Cleaner". Retrieved 2016-12-17.

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