The new Roomba can avoid pet poop2021-09-09 16:57 by Daniela
Tags: Roomba, j7
The most frequently asked question when it comes to robot vacuums is simple: Does it clean pet poop? The answer is still no, but today, iRobot announced a new Roomba that's at least capable of detecting and avoiding your furbaby's stinky accidents.
According to iRobot, the new Roomba j7 robot vacuum uses a built-in camera and machine learning technology to detect and automatically avoid common obstacles as small as phone charging cables, even in low-light conditions. It won't be able to avoid shoes and socks at launch (iRobot plans to add those objects to its algorithm in the future), but the company says it has already trained its machine learning software to identify and steer clear of pet waste.
"We've turned on continuous learning, so that if you've changed things in your home, Roomba will figure it out,” CEO Colin Angle tells TechCrunch. "If you open a door that you've never opened before, the Roomba will go explore it. If you moved a couch, it will understand that the home is a bit different than it used to be, and that's okay. The information that we're gathering grows in richness."
iRobot is so confident in its new technology that it's offering the j7+ with a P.O.O.P. (Pet Owner Official Promise) guarantee: If the robot fails to avoid solid pet waste within a year of your purchase, the company will give you a new one for free.
However, the offer covers solid pet waste only. If your furry friend drops wetter deposits (such as diarrhea, vomit or urine), you're out of luck. Still, iRobot says the vacuum will alert you when it comes across any objects of concern. It will present these as images for review, including anything foul your pet may have left behind.
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