iRobot Corp. has updated the iRobot Home app to now include new Clean Map reports that provide visual post-cleaning maps that reveal in-depth information about the robot's cleaning performance.
Users can see details like which were the dirtiest floors in their home, and the total space cleaned. The app works with the iRobot Roomba 900 series vacuums, and the new feature combines adaptive navigation with visual localization to build a map of a home as the robotic vacuum cleans. The app then shows the total area cleaned, and the duration of the clean, for up to 30 cleaning jobs.
Leveraging the patented Dirt Detect feature, Clean Map reports provide users with information about where the robot encounters higher concentrations of dirt or debris, providing a more focused cleaning in those areas.
Clean Map reports can be viewed in the History tab of the iRobot Home App. Once the map is opened, users can manipulate the map on the screen with their fingers, zooming and panning from room-to-room to see where Dirt Detect events occurred. The update to the iRobot Home App also includes push notifications that will alert users on job status, including when the robot is finished cleaning.
"iRobot is aggressively pursuing opportunities within the connected home to improve our customers' experience with our cleaning robots," says Colin Angle, Chairman and CEO of iRobot. "The latest updates for the iRobot Home app make cleaning with an iRobot Roomba even more user-friendly, with enhanced mapping features and useful post-cleaning mission reports. These are exciting next steps towards our vision of an ecosystem of home robots that work collaboratively and further enable the smart home."
Available for Android and iOS devices, the iRobot Home App also allows users to set customized cleaning preferences, receive information about cleaning jobs, customized maintenance tips and direct access to customer support. The latest update is available for download beginning today worldwide.
The Clean Map feature is similar to one introduced with Dyson's 360 Eye robot vacuum last year.