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Almost a decade.
Since I robots rumba.
-- -- chasing down and picking up dirt and now iRobot has sold over six million home cleaning robots and despite the down economy -- third quarter profit double.
-- the company can handle more than just the dust thrown its way joining us now is Jeff -- -- -- president and head its home robot division good to see Jeff.
Could see if I had this is -- it looks like a simple invention looks likes of the concept that would be very symbol.
Did you guys have been able to perfected over the years the and it's still going strong.
It is very much so we had sales recently that increase more than 30% quarter over quarter and like you said we sold over six million of these remote devices today.
They work very well late they look simple on the outside dire threat there's an amazing amount of technology that's embedded in here to make it do its job now you've got a new -- similar.
Blood belittle the difference called the -- to tell me about it that one writes a scuba looks very similar to deaths we have one that is the same size as the -- we have one that's smaller also.
And the difference -- while rumor runs around and picks up dirt and obstinate in a vacuum cleaning mode this to a product actually scrub your floor so puts -- cleaning solution.
And then it comes -- -- the floor follows back again and sanctions up the dirty water and then you're left with a clean floor rule where the where your products made.
The products are designed and developed in the United States right outside of Boston.
We do a lot of prototyping work in Boston when we go to high volume manufacturer we do have -- made overseas is it absolutely prohibitive to be able to manufacture like you said a high volume.
Product like that here in the United States and in what makes it's so much so.
You know based on the consumer price points that we need to hit it's it at least for right now it's absolutely necessary to have been built.
Overseas labor cost it's just labor cost for the most part sure.
Are we gonna see time anytime soon and I kind of kid around about this going out to break earlier about you gonna tell us -- -- bush -- -- -- -- -- But I think CEO Honda commercials with a little robot out there picking up the newspaper and whatnot retrospect how close are we getting to a point where we're gonna have some of these -- can call and GZ coming asked if he can take my trident.
We're still several years away from that's it to say the least all over the next two years you'll see an increasing number of robots that you can buy your home.
That are more task specific as opposed to the generic robot that you can just give any instructions.
And I do what is it that prevents us from getting there because it seems to me like -- forty years ago we went to the -- we're doing to a technology is advancing so much every single year.
We've been talking about robots for 2030 years what prevents us from getting the point where you can have a robot that that's more human.
I'll tell -- the current -- right now is actually just the price means that we can make the types of robots perhaps that you're describing that they would be extremely expensive other places around the world that really get into things like this maybe more so than others and it is -- the United States -- there are other pockets maybe -- emerging markets -- say -- got to have one of these -- we do very well everywhere in the world -- we sell the significant -- robots in Europe also in Asia especially in Japan.
But the United States is a very good market forces well I gotta ask you about this this iPhone game -- because.
Each year you do with that he's very Smart you're using some -- fund and in any gain to introduce people to your company into your products coming about it right well as it was certainly it.
The developed that's a fun thing not -- it's not as.
That means for iRobot to become a gaming company.
But we thought yet when he was a neat way to introduce the product to the consumers we're actually using some of the proceeds from.
From those downloaded apps to support our stand -- our spark initiatives.
Which is where we support sciences and math education through the school system so facilities and for good causes wells -- succeed in hitting on all cylinders there.
Jeff I got to congratulate you on your quarter back and done will certainly put this to work in the studio -- these analysts scuba studio on sandy -- you could -- place -- -- -- -- it -- could see you -- right.
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