October 22, 2021

iRobots new Roomba solves the poopocalypse problem and actually avoids dog poop – CNET

If you’re a pet owner the new Roomba j7 Plus vacuum may give you some piece of mind.


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Running into solid pet waste is the ultimate SNAFU for robot vacuum cleaners. They can’t avoid it or pick it up, let alone dispose of it. Sadly, the most likely outcome here is that a robot will further distribute the damage already done to your floor. What if a robot vacuum could avoid these messy surprises? Enter the new $849 iRobot Roomba j7 Plus.

According to iRobot, the j7 Plus is intelligent enough to recognize and steer clear of pet waste. A company representative explained to me that, “iRobot trained [[the vacuum’s]] ML (machine learning) algorithms using hundreds of thousands of images of real, fake, and simulated dog and cat waste.” The spokesperson went on to say, “iRobot is so confident that its pet waste detection is up to the task that it is offering customers the Pet Owner Official Promise (P.O.O.P.).” Yes, you read that right.

iRobot says the Roomba j7 robot vacuum can detect and avoid solid pet waste.


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Essentially that means iRobot will replace for free any Roomba j7 Plus if it fails to detect pet poop and becomes soiled as a result. Of course there are limitations and caveats to this offer. For one, the pledge is good for up to one year from the original owner’s purchase date.

Secondly, 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.

The Roomba j9 can also recognize obstacles like cords.


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If the Roomba j7 Plus lives up to these claims, it will be a remarkable accomplishment. Some advanced robot vacuums, such as the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8, can avoid traps like shoes and cords. Neither Ecovacs nor any other robot vacuum maker — other than iRobot — can boast robotic poop avoidance. 

The Roomba j7 Plus isn’t only made to handle unsavory situations. As iRobot’s newest flagship vacuum cleaner, the product comes with all the company’s latest bells and whistles. This includes the latest iRobot Genius 3.0 software and advanced navigation features. Key abilities of Genius 3.0 are automatic cleaning when you’re away, suggesting room names as it maps your home, and calculating estimates for cleaning time.

The Roomba j7 Plus comes with a charging dock that also empties the robot’s dustbin. Dirt is collected in handy disposable vacuum bags.


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Like other iRobot machines such as the Roomba s9 Plus, the Roomba j7 Plus comes with a “clean base” charging dock. It enables the robot to empty its own dustbin as well as keep its battery charged. The dock also deposits dirt into a handy vacuum bag. iRobot claims this vacuum bag can go up to 60 days without needing a replacement.

If the Roomba j7 Plus sounds like a floor cleaning dream come true then you’re in for a treat. The model goes on sale today in the US, Canada and Europe. It should arrive for purchase in other major markets throughout 2022. 

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