iRobot’s newest Roomba automatically vacuums and mops your floors

There are many robots out there that say they can vacuum and mop your floors, but never to anyone’s satisfaction. Some require you to fiddle with the system to add the mop midway, while others drag the dirty pad down your clean carpets and rugs. It’s a problem that iRobot has devoted a lot of technical resources to solving and says the new Combo j7+ is the solution. Co-founder and CEO Colin Angle describes it as “the first legitimate 2-in-1 vacuum and mopping robot ever created”.

Rather than requiring a user to make changes mid-mission, the j7+ has a standard vacuum body on top. However, when it’s done, two inset arms pull a mopping pad housed in the top of the chassis down to the floor. From there it pulls the pad across your hard floors before pushing it away again when it needs to traverse carpet. All a user has to do is change the bag and refill the water, which can take up to 60 days at a time.

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Angle and iRobot product manager Praj Shyamkant said the plan was to make sure the mop never, ever made contact with your soft surfaces. And that users can expect the device to do what you should expect from its description, without any micromanagement whatsoever. Given that the device sits on the same footprint as the standard j7 (poop detection), it took a lot of engineering to shrink all that snazzy new gear into its housing as well.

At the same time, iRobot wanted to demonstrate the power of its new iRobot OS 5.0, its latest and greatest operating system. This includes better integration with home and phone assistants like Siri and Alexa, the ability to mark cleaner zones for extra attention, and better hazard avoidance. You can also change mission plans on the fly and, for example, ban your Roomba from a room where you are about to take a Zoom call. iRobot also wanted to reiterate its promise to protect user data, never sell it to third parties and have secured a TÜV SÜD Cyber ​​Security certification for its data hygiene.

The Roomba Combo j7+ is available for pre-order today and is priced at $1,099 in the US. Deliveries begin October 4th. It will be available in the UK for £999, but you can also pick up a version without the Clean Base for £799, while other countries can expect it to be released by the end of Q4 2022.

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