Robot vacuums evolve
The vacuum robots of today are drastically different from the originals. As of 2020, more than 30 million Roombas — essentially the Kleenex of the robot vacuum — have sold worldwide. According to Fortune Business Insights, the worldwide robotic vacuum market was valued at $8.19 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $46.7 billion by 2027.
“The technology and capability of these products has changed,” says Hooman Shahidi, vice president of product management at iRobot. “Six or seven years ago, the robots didn’t really have a good understanding of the home they were working in.”
The smartest of the current generation use cameras and sensors to create customizable maps of the home as well as to detect and avoid objects in the way.
Samsung’s soon-to-be released JetBot AI+ vacuum will feature sensors similar to the ones made for self-driving cars as well as a camera that can be connected to your smartphone to keep an eye on your house, pets or anything else while you’re away. Users can access the camera from an app and direct the robot to different parts of the house to spy on a mischevious dog or check whether a window was accidentally left open.
Slightly less smart, Roomba’s i7+ comes with an automatic dirt emptying base eliminating the need to dump debris in the garbage after every cleaning. It will…