Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners have become even smarter

Popular robotic vacuum cleaners from the American company iRobot, which free us from an extremely unpopular household chore, are capable of learning, adapting and becoming better day by day. They’ve even got features that some of you will be especially excited about.

Have you ever wondered why we call more and more devices smart? In many cases, the adjective has nothing to do with their actual abilities. But that does not apply to robot vacuum cleaners, among which the Roomba robots from the American company iRobot are synonymous. The first one had to be smart to recognize the space and successfully evade various obstacles that disturbed him while vacuuming. Later on, the robot’s intelligence, manifested through its software, grew by leaps and bounds, so to speak, with each shift of a new generation. But the breakthrough came when the robot gained the ability to connect to the Internet and make regular upgrades.

Vacuuming is the basic activity of a robot vacuum cleaner. In order to be optimal, efficient and as least disturbing as possible, the side functions that the manufacturer must also adapt and upgrade are responsible. In this regard, this year is extremely important. Roomba vacuum cleaners and Braava floor cleaners are getting the version of the iRobot Genius Home Intelligence 4.0 software, which the company’s director Colin Angle described at the announcement in 2020 as “lobotomy and replacement of intelligent systems in all robots”. The upgrade is taking place gradually. They depend on the capabilities and sensors that different models are equipped with. What does this mean and what features will you be most excited about? Let’s go in order.

“Hi Siri”

For the first time in the history of existence, iRobot robots can communicate with Apple’s digital assistant Siri. This joins Google and Alexa, through which we have been able to control them by voice until now. For now, there are simple commands to start work, stop, pause, resume and return to the charging station. But since the integration into Apple’s system is complete, we can expect additional options in the future, such as sending the robot to individual rooms of the floor plan of the apartment and the like.

Those of you who are flirting with buying a new generation of powerful but more affordable robots without a camera and navigation based on it will be very happy with the update. Such is, for example, the Roomba i3 model, where many people missed the possibility of saving the floor plan (map) of the room. With the new software, its successors should also gain this ability.

Roomba can now see even more

The upgrade of more powerful robots, which use a camera as a central sensor for navigation, will be even more varied. Among pet owners due to perception “accident” the popular Roomba j7 vacuum cleaner will gain the ability to recognize clothes and towels that you have accidentally or otherwise left on the floor. The next important and very useful innovation is setting the cleaning method for each room separately. If you wish, you can, for example, specify in the application on the floor plan that the robot should vacuum or wash the surface of the corridor twice, while it should clean the surface of the rooms only once. The feature is available for the Roomba s9, j7, i7 and i3 successor models, as well as the Braava Jet m6 floor cleaner. In the case of the Roomba s9 model, it will be possible to set the suction power separately for each room, while with the Braava dishwasher, there will be a choice between three levels of liquid dosing and overlapping of the wiping bands.

We should mention two more important and at the same time useful functions. She is the first “do not disturb”, with which we set the time, for example during the day, when we work from home, or in the evening, when we put the children to bed and we don’t want to be disturbed by the hum of the vacuum cleaner. or pets and thereby interrupt or start suction. In this case, the robot can still be controlled via the app.

The software upgrade is taking place gradually and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. We are convinced that it will not be the first or the last, and that the Roomba and Braava robots will continue to acquire new functions in the future, which will contribute to the efficiency of cleaning and the comfort or simplicity of using the home assistant, without which many modern families can no longer imagine life.

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