Wi-Fi-continued iRobot Roomba robot vacuums and Braava jet robot mops are getting smarter.
iRobot on Thursday released Genius 4.0, a software update that brings smart-mapping features to the midrange Roomba i3+ and i3, and new object-recognition abilities to the loftier-end Roomba j7+ and j7. The update besides delivers room-specific cleaning preference options, Siri Shortcut integration, a child and pet lock, and a practise-not-disturb characteristic to certain models.
Launched in 2020 for $599.99, the Roomba i3+ is iRobot’south most affordable robot vacuum that can empty its own dustbin. The more affordable i3, and other Roomba models without a plus sign in their name, come with a traditional, non-self-elimination base station. Following the Genius 4.0 update, the i3+ and i3 volition generate a customizable map of your floor program in the iRobot Home app. You’ll be able to label each room on the map, then send your robot to specific rooms by phone or voice for targeted area cleanings.
The i3 Series volition besides now offering cleaning time estimates, and support iRobot’s smart charge and resume feature to juice upwardly then selection upward where it left off if it runs out of battery before completing a chore.
These robots are also getting a name change. Going forrard, the Roomba i3+ and the i3 will exist sold as the Roomba i3+ EVO and i3 EVO, respectively, and automatically include the smart-mapping update currently rolling out to existing customers. iRobot is also dropping the price of these models to $549 for the Roomba i3+ EVO and $349 for the i3 EVO.
Meanwhile, the premium Roomba j7+ and j7 robots already use a built-in camera and motorcar learning technology to detect and automatically avoid common obstacles, such as pet waste, phone cords, shoes, and headphones. Following the Genius 4.0 update, you lot shouldn’t accept to worry about them getting stuck on clothing or towels left on the floor, either. Equally they do for other obstacles, they volition now accept an alternate road when they recognize fabric items blocking their fashion on the floor.
Thanks to the Siri Shortcut integration, you’ll be able to connect your Wi-Fi-supported Roomba or Braava jet robot to Apple’s virtual assistant via the iRobot Home app, a common client request. That volition give you the ability to control it with voice commands such as “Hey Siri, inquire Roomba to make clean everywhere.” iRobot vacuums and mops already work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant phonation commands.
At launch, you’ll be able to kickoff, pause, and ship your robot dorsum to its base with Siri vocalization commands. iRobot plans to expand the list of supported Siri commands in the future, letting you, for instance, initiate specific room cleanings by voice, as you already tin with Alexa and Google Assistant.
The new child and pet lock feature, available via the iRobot Domicile app, volition temporarily disable the physical Clean button on Wi-Fi-connected Roomba or Braava jet models, then Junior or Rover can’t accidentally start a cleaning job. The app-based do-non-disturb characteristic volition preclude the robot from cleaning during specified times.
Finally, the new room-specific cleaning options will requite Roomba s9/s9+, Roomba j7/j7+, Roomba i7/i7+, and the Braava jet m6 owners more control over how their robot tidies up certain spaces.
“Demand your Roomba to have an extra pass in the entryway where shoes are kept but quickly clean other rooms? No trouble,” iRobot explained in a news release. “Looking for your Braava jet m6 to dispense more cleaning solution when tackling the kitchen, but not in the hallway? You’ll be able to do that too.”
The Genius 4.0 update will be rolling out to Wi-Fi-continued Roomba and Braava jet robots through the finish of June 2022.