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iRobot's Braava jet Mopping Robot doesn't mind getting its feet wet

The iRobot Braava jet Mopping Robot is designed to clean up hard surfaces in high-traffic areas
The iRobot Braava jet Mopping Robot is designed to clean up hard surfaces in high-traffic areas
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The iRobot Braava jet is designed for small areas
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The iRobot Braava jet is designed for small areas
The iRobot Braava jet can fit in tight spaces
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The iRobot Braava jet can fit in tight spaces
The iRobot Braava jet can clean around toilets
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The iRobot Braava jet can clean around toilets
The iRobot Brava Jet uses a water spray jet
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The iRobot Brava Jet uses a water spray jet
The iRobot Braava jet mops and cleans
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The iRobot Braava jet mops and cleans
The iRobot Braava jet boasts a small footprint
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The iRobot Braava jet boasts a small footprint
The iRobot Braava jet adjusts itself according to which pad is installed
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The iRobot Braava jet adjusts itself according to which pad is installed
The iRobot Braava jet is powered by a lithium ion battery
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The iRobot Braava jet is powered by a lithium ion battery
The iRobot Brava Jet covers an area systematically
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The iRobot Brava Jet covers an area systematically
The iRobot Braava jet will be available in April
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The iRobot Braava jet will be available in April
The iRobot Braava jet Mopping Robot is designed to clean up hard surfaces in high-traffic areas
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The iRobot Braava jet Mopping Robot is designed to clean up hard surfaces in high-traffic areas

iRobot has added to its robotic cleaning crew with the new Braava jet Mopping Robot. Designed for cleaning hard floors in high-traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms, the jet is a more advanced and compact version of iRobot's Braava 300 series and boasts a number of automatic cleaning modes, including wet mopping, damp sweeping, and simple dusting.

Whereas the Braava 300 is designed to tackle larger areas of up to 1,000 ft2 (93 m2), the more compact Braava jet is designed to handle smaller spaces of 150 to 200 ft2 (14 to 18 m2), depending on cleaning mode. Unlike other robot cleaners that rely on a modified random pattern to cover an area, the jet uses a mapping algorithm to learn about its surroundings and clean the floor efficiently without damaging furniture. In addition, it has cliff sensors to keep it from rolling down the stairs and users can set up an invisible boundary in Virtual Wall Mode to keep it away from carpets and other rooms.

Measuring 6.7 in across, 7 in wide and 3.3 in high (17 x 17.8 x 8.4 cm), iRobot says the Jet can fit into tight spaces and corners, around and under furniture and fixtures, and – perhaps most importantly – under and around toilets. It has a precision jet spray and a vibrating cleaning head to wet and loosen dirt and will scan for obstacles in its path before letting loose with the spray to avoid damaging furniture, rugs and walls.

The iRobot Braava jet can clean around toilets
The iRobot Braava jet can clean around toilets

The cleaning head works with the various Braava jet cleaning pads, including wet mopping and damp sweeping pads that contain a water-activated cleaning agent, and a dry-sweeping pad, and will automatically adjust its cleaning mode based on which pad is installed. With the wet-mopping pad, the jet makes a triple cleaning pass, while the damp-sweeping pad sees the robot do a double pass, and the dry-sweeping pad sets it up for a single pass. When the job is done, the dirty pads are ejected by button into the bin without any danger of getting your fingers dirty.

The iRobot Braava jet Mopping Robot will be on sale on April 1 for US$199. Replacement Jet cleaning pads are available for $8 for a box of 10, and $20 for two washable pads.

The video below gives an overview of the Braava jet.

Source: iRobot

Braava jet™ Robot Mop Overview

2 comments
unklmurray
This looks like a cool toy,I'm looking for a robot that will carry 20lbs. and follow me around like a faithfull puppy!!
Bob Flint
With the wet pad and a triple pass, what is the expected real wet cleaning area? Also not explained where, why, & how the squirting fluid seen at the beginning is all about. If it could detect a spill or stain, dirt, even track after the pets as they mess things up would be a real bonus. Is there a drip mode into the pad as it scrubs along? Power recharge, docking station? Price is reasonable providing it performs... Using the traditional wet Swiffer pads last about 80 square feet before having to freshen up or re-wet the pad.