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iRobot's latest vacuum and mopping machines work together as a robo-cleaning tag team

iRobot's latest vacuum and mop...
iRobot's Roomba s9+ robotic vacuum cleaner (left) and its Braava jet m6 mopping robot
iRobot's Roomba s9+ robotic vacuum cleaner (left) and its Braava jet m6 mopping robot
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The Roomba s9+ at work
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The Roomba s9+ at work
The Roomba s9+ can be controlled via voice 
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The Roomba s9+ can be controlled via voice 
The Braava jet m6 at work
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The Braava jet m6 at work
The Roomba s9+ at work
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The Roomba s9+ at work
The Roomba s9+ at work
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The Roomba s9+ at work
The Roomba s9+ can empty its own contents
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The Roomba s9+ can empty its own contents
The Braava jet m6 mopping robot is said to be better than predecessors at tackling corners
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The Braava jet m6 mopping robot is said to be better than predecessors at tackling corners
The Braava jet m6 in charging mode
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The Braava jet m6 in charging mode
iRobot has refreshed its line of cleaning robots, adding a new mopping machine to the mix along with an updated vacuum
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iRobot has refreshed its line of cleaning robots, adding a new mopping machine to the mix along with an updated vacuum
Users can schedule regular cleans with the robots via a smartphone app
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Users can schedule regular cleans with the robots via a smartphone app
iRobot's Roomba s9+ robotic vacuum cleaner (left) and its Braava jet m6 mopping robot
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iRobot's Roomba s9+ robotic vacuum cleaner (left) and its Braava jet m6 mopping robot

iRobot has refreshed its line of cleaning robots, adding a new mopping machine to the mix along with an updated vacuum. Together, the Roomba s9 vacuum and the Braava jet m6 mop are designed to work in tandem to keep floors dust- and dirt-free, without any input from the user.

Last year, iRobot introduced a new feature for its Roomba i7+ where the vacuuming robot was able to return to its charging station once the job was done and empty its contents into a sealed bin, capable of accommodating up to 30 loads. When that bin required emptying, the system alerted the user via a smartphone app.

This is again a key feature of the newly-announced Roomba s9+, but the company has sought to take the automation to even greater heights by enabling it to talk with its new sibling, the Braava jet m6. That means the two connected robots are in continuous correspondence about the progress of the job, and tag themselves in and out of the game as required.

The Roomba s9+ at work
The Roomba s9+ at work

More specifically, users can kick off one of these so-called "Linked" cleans through the iRobot Home app, asking their robots to clean either a single room or entire floor of the house. The Roomba s9+ takes off first, sucking up all the dirt and dust that it can with a powerful new cleaning system that is said to offer 40 times the suction of some earlier models.

Once that is done, the Roomba s9+ returns itself to its charging dock and the Braava jet m6 mopping robot enters the fray. The m6 works much like earlier mopping robots from iRobot, with users able to attach a pad either for wet mopping or dry sweeping. In wet mopping mode, the robot will spray water and chemicals onto the floor in front of it and wipe it clean. Dry sweep uses electrostatic force to collect dust and dirt.

iRobot has refreshed its line of cleaning robots, adding a new mopping machine to the mix along with an updated vacuum
iRobot has refreshed its line of cleaning robots, adding a new mopping machine to the mix along with an updated vacuum

Once both tasks are complete, the Braava jet m6 also returns to its dock and the system sends a notification to the user's smartphone. Regular cleaning can be scheduled through the smartphone app, or impromptu tasks can be taken to with a press of the "Clean" button. Additionally, voice control is an option when the robots are paired with Alexa and Google Assistant-enabled devices.

iRobot is also promising better performance from both machines than their predecessors. The Roomba s9+ is fitted with wider brushes and a new 3D sensor that the company says will help it retrieve dirt from corners, while the Braava jet m6 has wider edges for the same effect.

Both are available for purchase in the US and Canada now but won't come cheap, with the Roomba s9+ priced at US$1,299 and the Braava jet m6 at $499.

You can check out the promo video below.

Source: iRobot

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2 comments
guzmanchinky
Someday, as you walk out the door a humanoid robot will begin cleaning and doing dishes and laundry. I know we have so many conveniences today already, but the time wasted on such tasks has to add up to months of life wasted...
misty45
I don’t understand how the Brava part of this works. In the previous systems the pad is a one use item and the tank needs to be filled at each use. So does the consumer have to prep the Brava and have it sitting ready? This essentially means you have to setup the Brava each and every time which is hardly a tandem automated system considering the new Roombas ability to clean it’s bin for multiple cleanings.