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Silver Medal Recipient

2017 Best in Category: Floor Care & Cleaning Appliances

iRobot

Roomba 960

The Roomba 980 robotic vacuum was iRobot’s first Roomba to combine adaptive navigation with visual localization, cloud connected app control and increased cleaning power. Its unique technology and cleaning power earned it the Best of the Best Silver honor at this year’s Housewares Design Awards, as well as Best in Category for Floor Care & Cleaning Appliances.

“Roomba 980 is the next big step as it marks iRobot’s first cloud connected product with mapping capabilities for the consumer market,” said Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot. “Leveraging the cloud and mapping technologies, robots gain a better understanding of their environment, and customers are provided with more control. Looking ahead, these technologies will also enable expanded capabilities for connected robots in the smart home.”

The 980 saw the implementation of the company’s proprietary visual simultaneous localization and mapping technology, part of its new iAdapt 2.0 technology. The technology allows the vacuum to build a map of its environment as it cleans and keep track of its location until it has cleaned an entire level.

Using the map, the vacuum will run continuously for up to two hours before automatically returning to its home base to recharge. Once charged, the vacuum will resume until the cleaning is done.

The iRobot home app allows the vacuum to connect to a consumer’s home WiFi network. Users can then program the vacuum through the app, and clean from anywhere with customized home cleaning preferences.

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