January 9, 2009 Consumer robotics manufacturer iRobot is demonstrating the second generation Looj Gutter Cleaning Robot at CES, which is newsworthy in that the original model won last year’s 2008 Best of CES Innovations Award and it’s still the only product of its kind. The Looj, makes gutter cleaning faster (it can clean up to 60-foot of gutter in10 minutes), easier and safer by reducing ladder work and reaching in precarious positions. The new Looj comes in three models starting at US$130, and has been significantly redesigned with additional features that help it break up clogged leaves and debris and improve overall performance.

Controlled by a wireless remote that doubles as a detachable handle, the Looj cleans an entire stretch of gutter while the human operator stays in one spot, reducing the need to climb and reposition the ladder multiple times or juggle tools at dangerous heights. The iRobot Looj Gutter Cleaning Robot fits easily under gutter straps, and is propelled by a three-stage auger that dislodges and eliminates dirt, leaves and debris.

New Looj features include an internal antenna so it doesn’t catch on things, an anti-flipping auger, smart speed and a tool-less battery door for easier access.