If you’re getting tired of vacuuming your floors, you always have the option of letting a robot do it. iRobot just released the latest version of their Roomba robot vacuum, and it comes with a handful of convenient new features that should make your life even easier.
Called the i7+, the biggest change is that the robot can now empty itself without you needing human assistance, making the Roomba much more self-reliant.
According to iRobot, the i7+ has a charging station that comes equipped with essentially its own vacuum and container, which connects to the robot’s own bin and empties it whenever it’s full. While you still have to empty that larger bin, it’s now a much less frequent endeavour: the larger bin can hold 30 times as much as the Roomba’s, meaning you’ll only have to empty it once or twice a month.
The other significant change is that the Roomba now generates and stores a map of your house. Previous Roomba models have produced maps of your house before, but usually, they’d delete them after they’ve finished cleaning. This new model will save its maps and use them to make cleaning more efficient.
You’ll be able to use the Roomba’s app along with the more permanent maps of your living space to better control where and when your robot cleans. You can split up that map into separate rooms and set unique schedules for each one. You can even name the rooms and control the Roomba with your smart home device.
But these new features don’t come cheap. The cost of the i7+ along with its charging station is $949, and that doesn’t include the cost of bags for the bin inside the charging station. iRobot is selling those for $15 for a pack of three, so prepare for a subscription if you want to use the robot’s best new feature.
Originally posted on Popular Mechanics