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Roomba i7+ – the automated vacuum you’ve been waiting for

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Roomba i7+ – the automated vacuum you’ve been waiting for

You may have considered purchasing a robot-type vacuum in the past. While the idea was good, they didn’t seem to be up to the whole job. But, hold on to your cord, as the new Wi-Fi connected iRobot Roomba i7+ Robot Vacuum might be just the one you’ve been waiting for.

With their pervious experience, along with technological advances, iRobot went back to the drawing board. This model has a better understanding of how a robot vacuum can take the latest technology, relate it to how we live and adapt it to our routines.

Follows your floorplan

The newest model, with a companion iRobot Home app and third generation intelligence, is always learning the lay of the land – or in this case, your home. It uses Imprint Smart Mapping, and as it goes on its rounds, it gets better at figuring out the best way to clean each room. Using the latest iAdapt 3.0 Navigation system, along with an array of sensors, it cleverly makes its way around, and under, furniture. It also maps its surroundings, and pegs individual landmarks to keep track of the area that’s already been covered, or that still needs to be cleaned. You can see all of this for yourself via the app’s history report.

Within the app, you can label each room, and create virtual barriers if you don’t have a physical separation between rooms. If you have a smart device such as Google Home or Amazon Echo, you can simply say, “Roomba clean the dining room.”

And, it’s designed to remember multiple floor plans, so you can also map out the layout of your cottage. With the app, you can set schedules, select rooms, and manually start and stop cleaning even when you’re not at home – all with your mobile device.

With advanced smart technology, it cleverly cleans, and empties, even while you're away.
With advanced smart technology, it cleverly cleans, and empties, even while you’re away.

The way of the future

The Roomba i7+ uses a three-stage cleaning system with dirt detection sensors to ensure a decent clean. Instead of traditional rollers, which tend to get tangled, it is equipped with dual multi-surface rubber brushes – one lifts and one cleans. It can handle carpet, tile, vinyl and hardwood. The built-in filter helps to control allergens.

With its deep cleaning abilities, the bin can fill up quickly. Consider the optional Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal. Plug it in, and with the the app, you can configure it to return to the disposal base, which contains a vacuum bag, and have it empty itself (up to 30 times), so that you don’t have to.

Roomba i7+ is powered by a built-in lithium-ion battery, which is designed to run for up to 75 minutes, and is recharged when docked. While they’ve come a long way, they don’t do steps – yet. However, it does have a cliff detection sensor.

Available at all major retailers and Amazon.

Greg Gazin is a syndicated tech columnist, blogger, podcaster (host and producer), and contributes to, Troy Media and Active Life magazine.


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