iRobot Unveils Roomba j9+: Ultimate Cleaning Revolution

  • iRobot's Latest Innovation: The Roomba j9+ combines vacuuming and mopping, offering advanced features like Dirt Detective and SmartScrub.
  • Software Matters: CEO Colin Angle emphasizes the importance of superior software in the robot industry for delivering an exceptional cleaning experience.
  • Global Availability: The Roomba j9+ is set for release worldwide, including South Africa, catering to the growing demand for advanced cleaning solutions.

In the ever-evolving world of home automation, iRobot continues to make strides towards simplifying our daily lives with their cutting-edge robotic cleaning devices. The latest addition to their lineup, the Roomba Combo j9+, has been announced with an array of features aimed at revolutionizing the way we clean our homes.

A Brief History: iRobot’s Cleaning Evolution

iRobot has been a household name since the introduction of their Roomba vacuum cleaners. Over the years, they’ve expanded their product range to cater to various cleaning needs. In 2010, the first Scooba system brought automated mopping to our homes. However, the system had its limitations, particularly when it came to dealing with dirty water and inefficiencies. It was eventually phased out.

In 2012, iRobot acquired Evolution Robotics and introduced the Braava line, favoring a cleaning pad-based approach over a water tank system. This innovation addressed some of the issues with the Scooba system.

The Pursuit of Convenience: Vacuum and Mop Combined

One of iRobot’s longstanding ambitions has been to create a convenient combination system that can both vacuum and mop. In 2022, they took a significant step towards this goal with the release of the Roomba Combo j7+. This robotic cleaning system featured a clever mechanical arm that moved the mop pad out of the way, ensuring you didn’t accidentally mop your carpets.

The Roomba Combo j7+ was well-received but was followed by an improved version. Alongside it, the Roomba Combo i5+ was introduced, offering similar functionality at a more affordable price point, just $549.

Introducing the Roomba j9+: Cleaning Excellence Redefined

Today, iRobot unveils its latest innovation in the world of automated cleaning – the Roomba j9+. While it comes at a premium price of $899 for the Roomba alone and $1,399 for the Roomba with its docking station, it promises to deliver unmatched cleaning precision and convenience.

Key Features of the Roomba j9+

FeatureDescription
4-Stage Cleaning SystemEquipped with a 4-Stage Cleaning System, the Roomba j9+ ensures thorough cleaning by lifting dirt, pet fur, and debris.
Dual Rubber BrushesDual Rubber Brushes provide 100% more powerful suction and pressurized scrubbing action, tackling dirt and grime effectively.
Dry Rug IntelligenceiRobot’s Dry Rug Intelligence (D.R.I.) keeps high-pile rugs clean and dry, setting it apart from competitors.
Room Transition ArmThe Roomba j9+ uses a smart mechanical arm to transition seamlessly between hard floors and carpets, avoiding accidental mopping on carpets.
Dirt DetectiveiRobot OS 7.0 introduces “Dirt Detective” – a feature that analyzes dirt pickup efficiency and prioritizes cleaning based on need.
SmartScrubFor deep cleaning, the Roomba j9+ comes equipped with SmartScrub, doubling the scrubbing action when necessary.

iRobot’s emphasis on software development is a testament to their commitment to delivering the best-in-class home cleaning experience. Colin Angle, the CEO of iRobot, underlines the importance of software in the evolving robot industry. He believes that the long-term winner in this industry will be the company with the best software.

Angle said in a recent interview, “I believe the long-term winner in the robot industry is going to be the company with the best software.” He pointed out that in 2021, iRobot made a bold move by offering a refund if their robot vacuum ever encountered pet waste, a promise that no other competitor had made. He added, “Earlier this year, we started automatically labeling rooms,” demonstrating their continuous efforts to enhance user experience.

iRobot OS 7.0: The Heart of Cleaning Intelligence

Both the Roomba Combo j7+ and the newly unveiled Roomba j9+ run on iRobot OS 7.0. The centerpiece of this operating system is the “Dirt Detective” feature. This innovation maintains a resilient map of your home, ensuring that disruptions don’t affect its performance. The Roomba is the only robot that actively evaluates dirt pickup as it cleans, allowing it to judge how quickly a room gets dirty. It also considers the time elapsed since a particular room was last cleaned, providing a historical perspective that informs its cleaning plan.

Dirt Detective doesn’t stop there. It creates cleaning plans and prioritizes rooms based on their cleaning needs, ensuring your home is consistently clean and fresh. Moreover, with SmartScrub, the Roomba j9+ goes the extra mile for a deep clean when necessary, doubling its scrubbing action to tackle stubborn dirt and grime.

Global Release: South Africa Included

The Roomba j9+ is set to take the cleaning world by storm. Starting with a presale in Europe, followed by Canada and the U.S., this innovative cleaning companion will soon be available to households worldwide, including South Africa.

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