January 03, 2011
| by Rachel Cericola
We’ve had enough of the snow, sleet and even the sand—at least on the inside of our home. This time of year more than any, it’s just hard to keep that floor clean. Thankfully, iRobot has our back, front and everywhere else in the house. The company just announced two additions to their army of compact robot-cleaning devices.
First up is the Roomba 700 (seen on the right). This sixth-generation Roomba promises more effective cleaning methods, via a new cleaning head, the AeroVac Series 2 bin, and two HEPA-type air filters. It also has power management software, which boasts a longer battery life.
A feature unique to the Roomba 770 and 780 is the Dirt Detect Series 2, which uses an acoustic sensor to search out and suck up the tiniest debris, such as sand. It also has an optical sensor for the bigger stuff. The latter is also available on the Roomba 760.
If you don’t have carpet, the compact Scooba 230 (pictured below) measures in at a mere 3.5 inches tall and 6.5 inches in diameter. That compact form factor means that this little guy can weave in and out of tight spaces, including under and around furniture and bathroom fixtures. It also washes and squeegees those spaces, holding enough cleaning solution to scrub down up to 150 square feet of linoleum, tile or sealed hardwood floors in a single cleaning session.
Both the iRobot Scooba 230 and iRobot Roomba 700 Series use iAdapt Responsive Cleaning Technology, which features a system of software and sensors to monitor the surrounding environment approximately 64 times per second.
Expect the Scooba 230 plus Essentials Kit and Roomba 700 Series to start selling this spring. Exact release dates and prices will come closer to the actual ship dates.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.