iRobot has smartened up its robot vacuum cleaner, with intelligent visual navigation for a better clean.
What is the iRobot Roomba 980?
iRobot has long been a pioneer in the robot cleaning market with its Roomba line-up of robotic vacuum cleaners. The Roomba 980 is the latest model from the US company, which introduces a range of visual scanning technologies to effectively map your home to ensure the best possible clean at all times.
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What features does the iRobot Roomba 980 have?
The Roomba 980 is the most advanced robotic vacuum iRobot has ever produced, with a range of new sensors designed to help the vacuum do the best possible job cleaning your home.
At the core of these new sensors is what iRobot is calling its Visual Simultaneous Localization and Mapping, or vSLAM, technology. This allows the vacuum to create a detailed map of your home, so it can keep tabs on exactly where it has cleaned and where it still needs to go over.
With a battery life of roughly two hours, the robot will return to its charging station automatically when its battery is running low, and then use the vSLAM technology to ensure it doesn't waste time re-cleaning areas it has already done.
For large open areas, the Roomba 980 will clean in large, parallel lines to effectively manage its power, using its sensors to avoid obstacles, and managing to clean underneath furniture effortlessly. Optical and acoustic sensors are designed to detect dirt build-up and intelligently focus on areas to get a better result.
The Roomba 980 also includes integrated Wi-Fi connectivity, giving users the ability to remotely control the vacuum even when they aren't at home. The free smartphone app for iOS and Android will let users create a regular cleaning schedule, as well as manage whether the vacuum goes over the floors once or twice, gets in close to corners or uses iRobot's carpet boost function to get a cleaner result on your carpeted areas.
What other devices does the Roomba 980 work with?
In the United States, iRobot announced integration with Amazon's Alexa smart home ecosystem for voice controls at the start of 2017, but as yet Amazon hasn't launched the Alexa-compatible Echo speakers in Australia.
Given the Roomba does integrate with voice-controlled smart home hubs, it's not unreasonable to expect integration with Google Home or Apple's HomePod in the future, but for the time being, the Roomba is a standalone product.
Is the iRobot Roomba 980 available in Australia?
Australian distributor Sampford IXL has launched the Roomba 980 in Australia alongside the Braava 380t mopping robot.
These products join other members of the iRobot family in Australia, including the Roomba 866, Roomba 630 and Roomba 650, and the Braava Jet 240.
The Roomba 980 can be purchased through Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, Betta, Myer, JB Home, Bing Lee or the iRobot Australian Store.
How much does the iRobot Roomba 980 cost?
As the premium model in the Australian iRobot lineup, the 980 is available with an RRP of $1,499.
iRobot Roomba 980 specs
- 35.05cm diameter, 9.14cm high
- Dust collection
- Rechargeable battery