The Roomba is getting better and smarter. iRobot Corporation, the creator of autonomous home robots, announced its next-generation vacuum cleaning robot: the Roomba 980. iRobot took great lengths to add unimaginable new features to the robot, such as visual navigation and mapping capabilities.
This means that the new Roomba can create a map of your home and store it for future use. This allows the robot to clean your home without you guiding it. The secret to its intelligent navigation is iRobot’s iAdapt Responsive Cleaning Technology that uses new sensors. There’s also the iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with Visual Localization which performs the mapping.
The Roomba 980 will operate continuously for up to two hours, before returning to its Home Base charger to refuel its power. Once it’s replenished, the robot will resume the cleaning, moving in parallel lines to ensure that there’s no dirt left. The robot’s small design allows it to enter under the furniture and other unreachable areas in the house. Best of all, the robot can recognize the stairs, avoiding it.
Another killer feature is what iRobot calls the AeroForce Cleaning System with Carpet Boost. Basically, this feature allows the robot to detect floors with carpets or rugs, automatically doubling the performance of its motor while using special sensors to spot high concentrations of dirt and debris. Pair this technology with the robot’s dual counter-rotating extractors and you get a powerful vacuum cleaner.
Lastly, the Roomba 980 supports Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing it to communicate with its users anytime and anywhere through iRobot’s new mobile app, dubbed the iRobot HOME app. This means that you can command the robot to clean your house when you’re at the office. Users can even set a schedule for the Roomba 980 to follow. The app is available on the App Store and Google Play.
"Roomba 980 is the next big step as it marks iRobot's first cloud-connected product with mapping capabilities for the consumer market,” says Colin Angle, the CEO of iRobot. “Leveraging the cloud and mapping technologies, robots gain a better understanding of their environment, and customers are provided with more control. Looking ahead, these technologies will also enable expanded capabilities for connected robots in the smart home.”
If you’re interested in getting this cool home robot, you can get it in the United States and Canada for $899. Those who are in Europe and Japan can purchase the Roomba 980 in the fourth quarter. What are your thoughts on the Roomba 980? Do you think it’s a good investment? Is it worth the price? Shoot your comments below.
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