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Roomba update adds Keep Out Zones feature for i Series robots

Roomba update adds Keep Out Zones feature for i Series robots

iRobot has pushed out an update that brings 'Keep Out Zones' to its robotic vacuums. The new feature is now available in the iRobot app, enabling users to setup specific -- and quite precise -- zones within their home that the vacuums will not enter. The feature can be used to keep the devices from bumping into a fragile structure, prevent them from knocking over a pet's water dish, and more.

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Roomba s9+ vacuum and Braava jet m6 mop work together to clean house

Roomba s9+ vacuum and Braava jet m6 mop work together to clean house

iRobot is rolling out two new home-cleaning robots today, and they're meant to work together to clean all of the floors in your house. The first robot being introduced today is the Roomba s9+ vacuum, which follows in the footsteps of the vacuum cleaners that first put iRobot on the map. It's joined by the Braava jet m6, a robotic mop that can clean your hard floors beyond what the s9+ is capable of.

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DOOMBA revealed: the Roomba that makes DOOM maps

DOOMBA revealed: the Roomba that makes DOOM maps

This week a creator by the name of Rich Whitehouse revealed and released a project called DOOMBA. This is a program that works with a Roomba personal robotic vacuum cleaner to scan and map an environment. With this program and a Roomba, a user can potentially create their own custom original DOOM map.

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Google and iRobot team to turn your Roomba robo-vac into an IoT mapper

Google and iRobot team to turn your Roomba robo-vac into an IoT mapper

Your Roomba robot vacuum cleaner is turning into a mapping explorer for Google, with the two companies collaborating on better understanding the layout - and the uses - of the smart home. The project promises more efficient interactions between IoT and connected devices, though owners will have to opt-in to see the benefits.

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iRobot’s self-emptying Roomba i7+ fixes robot vacuums’ big headache

iRobot’s self-emptying Roomba i7+ fixes robot vacuums’ big headache

iRobot has answered one of the biggest frustrations about robot vacuum cleaners, with the new Roomba i7+ offering automatic emptying so it can be left to its own devices for more of the time. Replacing the Roomba 960, the new vacuum also increases its onboard intelligence, with a new mapping system that can remember customizable floor plans for more intelligent cleaning.

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Your Roomba might soon go WiFi deadspot hunting

Your Roomba might soon go WiFi deadspot hunting

Your Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner will soon have another job aside from tidying up, with iRobot set to turn the 'bots into roving WiFi analysts. The company has had connected robot vacuums in its line-up for some years now, but a new software update iRobot plans to trial will allow them to not only connect, but assess wireless signal strength.

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iRobot’s war on robot vacuums claims its first victim

iRobot’s war on robot vacuums claims its first victim

The war of the robot vacuums has claimed a new victim. iRobot has reached an agreement with Black & Decker, the two companies coming to legal blows over allegedly patent-infringing 'bots. iRobot, which makes the Roomba, filed against nine different manufacturers of rival home cleaning robots back in April 2017.

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Roombas can now be automated even further with IFTTT

Roombas can now be automated even further with IFTTT

Even before the whole smart home and IoT market exploded, there was the Roomba. Looking more like a squished trash can, iRobot’s flagship product defied your expectations of robots and vacuum cleaners. But just because you came first doesn’t exactly make you the clear winner. iRobot has, in fact, been trying to catch up with the increasingly connected homes, and stumbling along way. And what better way to say “connected to the Internet” than with IFTTT automation.

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iRobot CEO pledges to never sell users’ Roomba mapping data

iRobot CEO pledges to never sell users’ Roomba mapping data

Earlier this week, iRobot, the makers of the popular Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners, was said to have plans to sell the mapping data of users' homes collected by the devices to third-party companies. This was shared by CEO Colin Angle in an interview with Reuters, and to little surprise in this age of growing privacy awareness, customers are more than a bit upset. To clarify the issue, Angle has stated that his comments were misunderstood, and that iRobot will never users' data.

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Tertill is a solar-powered weeding Roomba

Tertill is a solar-powered weeding Roomba

Even before this current generation of smart home appliances and the Internet of Things wave, homes of the future were already flaunting the rolling robot discs that is the Roomba. But Roombas only take care of the unwanted materials inside the house. For unwanted things outside the house, like weeds in your garden, there's Tertill. Perhaps taking its name from a certain green, slow-moving reptile, Tertill is described as a solar-powered weeding robot. That it looks like a Roomba is no coincidence, as it was created by Joe Jones, the same man behind iRobot's Roomba.

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Roomba vacuum cleaners now take orders from Amazon Alexa

Roomba vacuum cleaners now take orders from Amazon Alexa

Even before there were smart homes and the Internet of Things, robotic vacuum cleaners, popularized by iRobot’s Roomba, have been the pioneers of the “home of the future” market. Sadly, they seem to have been shoved to the sidelines in the flood of new IoT and smart appliance products. iRobot, however, isn’t going to take that sitting down. It is now boarding the personal assistant train by making its Roomba 900 series respond to your voice commands via Alexa, for those times when you want to be more in control of the little robot.

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Build your own robot vacuum cleaner with Arduino, spare parts

Build your own robot vacuum cleaner with Arduino, spare parts

Roomba it ain't, but if you’re either pressed for cash or have a tinkerer’s itch, then you’d probably be more comfortable building your own robotic butler, er, vacuum cleaner. Electronics today has reached a point where it almost too easy to assemble something together in no time flat, whether it be an intruder alarm, face-recognizing security system, or, in this case, makeshift iRobot or Roomba. And really, all you need is a spare vacuum cleaner, the portable kind, an Arduino, a few off the shelf sensors, and a sense of adventure.

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