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The future of clean takes shape with advanced robot vacuum and mop

iRobot Corp is launching two new powerful robots that work together in the home. The Roomba® s9+ robot vacuum with Clean Base™ Automatic Dirt Disposal and the Braava jet® m6 robot mop can use Imprint™ Link Technology to talk to each other, automatically vacuuming and then mopping, without any effort from the user. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Mobile Robots and Drones in Material Handling and Logistics 2018-2038.
 
"In 2018, iRobot brought robot memory and automatic bin emptying to the Roomba robot vacuum, ushering in a level of hands-free cleaning automation not previously realized in consumer robots," said Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot. "With the launch of the Roomba s9+ and Braava jet m6, iRobot has achieved another automation milestone for home robots. Not only can customers forget about vacuuming for weeks at a time, but their robot vacuum and mop can now work together - automatically vacuuming then mopping - without any effort from the user."
 
"The Roomba s9+ robot vacuum and Braava jet m6 robot mop are the most advanced robots that iRobot has ever built and the best home cleaning robots in the market today," said Christian Cerda, COO of iRobot. "Customers who demand high-performance, detailed cleaning will appreciate the superior suction of the Roomba s9+ and its ability to vacuum deep into corners where dirt hides. The mapping and navigation intelligence of the Braava jet m6, along with its advanced cleaning features, provide customers with a robot that can mop their whole home."
 
 
The robot vacuum has an advanced 3D sensor, which encompasses 30 percent wider dual rubber brushes and a specially designed corner brush. Each rubber brush has rubber treads that stay in constant contact with different floor surfaces - from hard floors to carpets - adjusting and flexing as needed to get everything from small particles, like dust and dirt, to hair and large debris. A specially designed Corner Brush uses five angled arms to grab dirt and debris from deep in corners and along walls, directing it into the robot's path to be vacuumed up. When the robot detects carpets or rugs, it employs its Power Boost technology to automatically increase suction to pull in dirt and debris from deep within carpet fibers.
 
iRobot's patented navigation technology helps the robot navigate the home by keeping track of where it's been and where it has yet to clean. A new advanced 3D sensor constantly scans what's immediately ahead of the robot at a rate of 25 times per second to help the robot get deep into corners and clean large areas efficiently. Using smart mapping technology, the robot gets to know the home's floor plan, giving customers control to choose which rooms are cleaned and when. The robot can be scheduled to clean via the iRobot HOME App or by pressing the CLEAN button. Users can also initiate a cleaning with voice control when the robot is paired with Alexa enabled devices or the Google Assistant.
 
 
The Roomba s9+ robot features an anti allergen system that traps and locks pollen and mold allergens, capturing 99 percent of mold, pollen, and dust mite allergens. Once the robot is finished cleaning, it returns to the base charging station to automatically empty its contents into a disposable bag, trapping dirt and dust. The charging station holds 30 bins of debris, allowing customers to forget about vacuuming for weeks at a time.
 
The Braava jet® m6 robot mop delivers fresh, clean floors throughout the entire home. Users simply attach their preferred cleaning pad - Wet Mopping or Dry Sweeping - and the robot takes it from there. The mopping robot uses iAdapt® 3.0 Navigation with vSLAM® technology and Imprint™ Smart Mapping to get to know the home's floor plan, giving users total control to choose which rooms are cleaned and when. The robot can be scheduled to clean via the iRobot HOME App or by pressing the CLEAN button. Users can also initiate cleaning via voice control when the robot is paired with Alexa enabled devices or the Google Assistant.
 
Ideal for hard floor surfaces, such as hardwood, tile, and stone, the Braava jet m6 robot features a Maximized-Edge design that helps the robot get into corners and along edges. Using advanced navigation, the robot cleans in an efficient pattern while navigating around furniture, rugs, and other obstacles. If the robot runs low on battery before its cleaning job is finished, it will automatically recharge and resume cleaning until the job is complete.
 
 
When the robot mop is finished cleaning, users place the robot over a waste basket and hit the 'eject' button to drop the pad into the trash. Users can view reports in the app to see where the robot cleaned and view other stats about the cleaning job. Reusable washable wet and dry cleaning pads are available for purchase separately.
 
Imprint™ Link Technology, enables robots to intelligently communicate with each other - working in sequence to get the job done. Users can initiate a Linked clean in the iRobot HOME app, where they have the option to choose specific rooms for the robots to clean or an entire level of their home. To start, the Roomba s9+ will go out and vacuum the selected area. Once the Roomba robot docks, the Braava jet m6 robot will leave its dock and begin mopping. Users will receive notifications when vacuuming and mopping are complete.
 
Source and top image: iRobot
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