iRobot has launched a holiday-themed replace for its newest robotic vacuum cleaners to assist them deal with the cleansing calls for of Christmas bushes. The j7 and j7 Plus robovacs also can now determine and keep away from footwear and socks.

The festive bushes, footwear, and socks function builds upon iRobot’s newest navigation and management software program, which first launched in August final 12 months. This software program makes use of machine imaginative and prescient to determine furnishings and specify “clean zones.” For instance, you might need a eating desk you need a Roomba to particularly clear underneath after chaotic household meals. There are additionally “keep out zones” which a Roomba may recommend avoiding, like the realm underneath a TV stand stuffed with cables for it to get caught on.

So in the case of Christmas bushes, the j7 and j7 Plus will be capable of recommend a “clean zone” across the tree, the place you possibly can particularly direct it to hoover up pine needles, with a “keep out zone” within the center to cease it bumping into the tree and threat knocking it over. I’ve personally by no means had an issue with a Roomba knocking over a Christmas tree, however it’s useful having the ability to particularly direct it to hoover round a tree, moderately than having it continually vacuuming the entire room together with it. In line with iRobot’s release notes, the “holiday tree recommendations” replace began rolling out yesterday.

iRobot initially introduced socks and footwear avoidance alongside the j7 Plus’s canine poop detecting function in September, however on the time stated it could be added with a firmware replace later this 12 months. It’s a doubtlessly helpful function given how a lot of an issue shoelaces may be for robovacs. In addition to footwear, socks, and pet mess, the j7 and j7 Plus also can detect and keep away from cords.

Alongside the brand new detection and avoidance options, iRobot says that its robots with sensible mapping options can now switch their maps from one robotic to a different. It needs to be useful for anybody upgrading their Roomba or augmenting it with a second mannequin, just like the mopping-focused Braava jet m6. Moderately than having to map your own home afresh, the corporate’s robots that help its sensible mapping know-how can now mechanically switch their maps to a brand new robotic. In line with iRobot’s release notes, this function began rolling out on October thirteenth.

iRobot is working plenty of reductions on its robots over the vacation season. The j7, j7 Plus and i3 Plus are at present discounted by $200, whereas the Braava jet m6 robotic mop is discounted by $100.

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