iRobot’s excellent, much affordable Roomba i3 robot vacuum received a firmware update this week that gives it caller powers. Existing users and anyone who picks up the $349.99 Roomba i3 tin present usage astute maps to archer their robot precisely wherever to clean.
This feature, which lets you nonstop the bot conscionable to vacuum a circumstantial country oregon rooms alternatively than everyplace it tin reach, was antecedently lone disposable connected the much costly s9, j7, and i7 Roombas successful iRobot’s top-of-the-line range.
The update follows done connected iRobot’s committedness that its iRobot Genius software volition marque your robot smarter astatine nary other outgo to you. Smart mapping, which is done without a camera, lets the vacuum larn your home’s level plan, truthful you tin nonstop it specifically wherever to cleanable utilizing the iRobot Home app oregon a dependable assistant, specified arsenic Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant. Prior to the update, the i3 could representation your location to amusement you wherever it cleaned connected its run, but it couldn’t retrieve the maps and usage them for aboriginal cleaning.
However, Keep Out Zones and Clean Zones (areas created wrong rooms, specified arsenic “in beforehand of the couch”) are not included. So, users volition inactive request to usage the Virtual Wall Barriers iRobot sells separately to halt the robot from going into places it shouldn’t. Or conscionable unopen immoderate doors.
This update makes the favoritism betwixt models a spot slimmer. In summation to app-enabled Keep Out and Clean zones, $800 Roomba j7 Plus adds intelligent navigation that allows it to admit and debar household items similar cables, shoes, and yes — canine poop.
The $1,000 Roomba s9 Plus has the astir almighty suction successful the line, positive a D-shaped bot that helps it get into corners better, but not the intelligent navigation. All 3 models tin squad up with iRobot’s Braava Jet M6 robot mop and nonstop it to mop aft they’re done vacuuming.
The i3 is the slightest costly robot vacuum iRobot sells that works with the company’s Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal technology, which empties the robot’s bin for you. The i3 costs $349.99 and the i3 Plus costs $549.99 for the robot and the Clean Base. The i3 besides has a caller sanction successful summation to the caller features, i3 EVO.
The different “i” successful the lineup — the i7 Plus — is nary longer listed for merchantability connected iRobot.com. It is the closest successful relation to the i3, though it works with Keep Out and Clean zones.
The i3 exemplary is besides sold astatine assorted retail stores specified arsenic Costco nether the sanction i4 and i4 Plus, and these robot vacuums volition besides person the firmware update.