The newest Roomba gets smarter as it vacuums – TechCrunch

Although the Roomba robot is one of the most common in the world, it is not the smartest. This is not a problem. The vacuum's top-selling feature is its ability to clean floors. Roboticists are never satisfied. iRobot has invested a lot of resources and attention to improve the robot's abilities.
This means that the on-board sensors will be used to recognize areas and layouts of your home, as well as areas that may need extra cleaning.

Roomba is a continuous learner, which means that even if things have changed in your home, Roomba can figure them out. CEO Colin Angle told TechCrunch. The Roomba will explore a new door if it is not familiar with. It will recognize that your home may be a little different from it when you move a couch. The richness of the information you are accumulating grows.

Another important piece is the identification and avoidance of specific objects. Although the company claims it has identified hundreds of possible objects, it is currently focusing on two problem areas: cords or poop. These are both big problem areas for robotic vacuum systems, but for very different reasons. You don't want to have your hands on the ground and deal with the consequences in either case.

In the case the former, iRobot provided both an acronym and a guarantee. Pet Owner Official Promise (P.O.O.P. The company promises to replace any animal dookie that is damaged by a j7+. Fine print: This offer is valid for a year and only covers the replacement product. Additional terms and conditions may apply in certain jurisdictions.

This can be Googled and you will see some unfavorable examples of robots poop-running, according to Hooman Shahidi, iRobots director for Product Management. This problem has been solved with the consumers. We avoid animal poop and tell consumers if we see it.

Angle says, "The glorious career of roboticists might not have been fully realized while we were sending people home to create hundreds of models of toilet paper." It was a simple task to send people around to create and photograph synthetic models of poo. Although I don't know the number of images required to create synthetic images in different sizes and shapes, this is clearly not demo code. We cant do pee. We believe it must have 3D aspects, but that is enough for the robot's ability to recognize and avoid it.

The third part is scheduling. This allows the system to adapt to users' activities. This could be cleaning while you're away (using your smartphone as a trigger to move closer) or making sure it doesn't enter any rooms that are not yours. The robot will not start until it has completed its task if it must drive silently through the house. To let users know the time it will take, the system now provides a clear-time estimate.

The j7 is now available in the U.S.A and Canada for $649. The j7+ will cost $849 and includes a smaller cleaning base. They are also available in Europe, and will be expanding to other markets next year. Genius 3.0 will be available for all connected robots of the company as an OTA update.