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Amazon Buys iRobot For $1.7 Billion

Posted in Commentary with tags , on August 5, 2022 by itnerd

Amazon really wants to own every smart device in your home as they’ve bought Ring and Eero to advance that agenda. Well, as of today you can add iRobot to that list. Here’s the press release:

Amazon will acquire iRobot for $61 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.7 billion, including iRobot’s net debt. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by iRobot’s shareholders and regulatory approvals. On completion, Colin Angle will remain as CEO of iRobot.

This is more that the billion or so that Amazon spent to get Ring. And you can pretty much bet that once this closes, integration of iRobot products with Alexa will be at the top of the list. Of course it will be interesting to see if regulators sign off on this deal as “big tech is evil” is a thing in Washington at the moment. Thus watch this space.

iRobot Announces Their Boxing Day Deals

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 24, 2021 by itnerd

iRobot.ca have announced a number of Boxing Day Deals: 

Check out iRobot.ca for these deals while they last!

iRobot Canada Black Friday Deals – Available Now

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 25, 2021 by itnerd

I would like to share iRobot’s Canadian deals that are now live on iRobot.ca. In addition to these deals, Rakuten is currently offering 6% cash back on the Roomba i3, which is fantastic! 

DEALS AVAILABLE NOW ON iROBOT.CA 

Roomba i3+: Regular Price: $749.99 CAD. Black Friday promo: Save $200  

Roomba i3: Regular Price: $499.99 CAD. Black Friday promo: Save $100  

Roomba 694: Regular Price: $369.99 CAD. Black Friday promo: Save $100  

Braava jet m6: Regular Price: $599.99 CAD. Black Friday promo: $100  

Braava jet 240: Regular Price: $279.99 CAD. Black Friday promo: Save $30  

H1 Hand Vac: Regular Price: $329.99 CAD. Black Friday promo: Save $100  

Root Coding Robot: Regular Price: $179.99 CAD. Black Friday promo: Save $30 

iRobot 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 10, 2021 by itnerd

iRobot, the leading global consumer robot vacuum company, offers the perfect home assistants that will leave loved ones with a sparkling clean home, all at the push of a button.  

Whether it be for smart home tech fanatics, those with four-legged furry friends, or someone who can use the extra free time in their busy schedule, iRobot’s innovative robot mops and vacuums are great options to gift. Here’s some examples:

  • THE SMARTEST VACUUM YET (NEWLY LAUNCHED): Roomba j7+ ($1049.99 CAD) is iRobot’s most thoughtful robot vacuum to-date. Not only is it a collaborative cleaning partner that delivers superior cleaning performance, the j7+ offers unique PrecisionVision Navigation that identifies and avoids common obstacles such as cords and pet waste, and will get smarter with each use. You can say goodbye to nightmare incidents of sucked up headphones or smeared messes around the home made by your pets. You can have more control over your clean with Genius 3.0, which offers an even more personalized cleaning experience. 
  • A CLEAN LOVER’S DREAM: Roomba s9+ ($1,399.99 CAD) has groundbreaking technology and a sophisticated design, making it iRobot’s most powerful flagship device. The Roomba s9+ offers the deepest clean yet with an advanced 3D sensor and PerfectEdge Technology. You can also forget about vacuuming for months at a time with the Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal that allows the s9+ to empty itself for up to 60 days. The Anti-Allergen System traps and locks dirt, debris and allergens from escaping from the robot or its Clean Base.
  • MOP WITH EASE: Braava jet m6 ($599.99 CAD) is ideal for multiple rooms and large spaces, and helps tackle all of life’s messes on hard floors. Simply attach a mopping or sweeping pad and the robot automatically takes it from there to give you fresh, clean floors. Intelligent Imprint Link Technology allows your Braava jet m6 to work in sequence with select Roomba devices to vacuum and mop your floors, all by a push of a button or voice command – cleaning that fits seamlessly into your life!

Given that we live in supply constrained times, you should shop early to ensure that you get the perfect gift.

iRobot Introduces Roomba® j7+ Robot Vacuum with Genius™ 3.0 Home Intelligence

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 9, 2021 by itnerd

Robots should clean your home exactly how you want them to, understanding your specific instructions and unique preferences. iRobot Corp. today is giving customers even more control over their clean with the Roomba® j7+ robot vacuum and new features powered by iRobot Genius™ 3.0 Home Intelligence. iRobot Genius 3.0 is available across the company’s entire portfolio of connected robots.

Designed to seamlessly blend into your home, the iRobot Roomba j7+ is a thoughtful, collaborative cleaning partner that delivers superior cleaning performance with every mission. Powered by iRobot Genius 3.0, and featuring PrecisionVision Navigation, the Roomba j7+ gets smarter with each use. The robot learns how best to navigate your floors, remembering specific rooms and certain furniture, to clean where it’s most needed. It can also start cleaning automatically when you leave home and stop when you return. The Roomba j7+ takes the time to understand your cleaning preferences, learning your cleaning rules, asking for and responding to feedback, and remembering how to react in the future. It even recognizes and avoids cords and pet waste, giving you peace of mind that the job will get done. Backed by the Pet Owner Official Promise (P.O.O.P.), iRobot will replace any Roomba j7+ that doesn’t avoid solid pet waste.

iRobot Genius 3.0 Home Intelligence

Available across iRobot’s portfolio of robot vacuums and mops, iRobot Genius extends the company’s leadership in creating state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and personalized cleaning experiences. The latest digital features included in iRobot Genius 3.0 that are also compatible with the Roomba j7+ include:

  • Clean While I’m Away – Robots should work around your schedule. Using a phone’s location services, users can now create a defined boundary around their home so their smartphone will trigger the robot to automatically begin (and stop) cleaning when their phone leaves or returns to the boundary.
  • Smart Map Coaching and Room Name Suggestions – The robot will help guide new customers through their initial onboarding and subsequent cleaning jobs to personalize their Smart Map, ensuring that it is optimized to intelligently and efficiently navigate their home. It’ll even help facilitate Smart Map customization by auto-recommending room labels once the robot has finished learning the home’s floorplan and is ready to create the Smart Map.
  • Cleaning Time Estimates – Crunched for time? Forgot to run your robot but guests are on their way over? See just how long a cleaning job will take with new Clean Time Estimates. Available for iRobot Imprint Smart Mapping robots, customers can see a time estimate in the iRobot Home App based on the room – or rooms – they’ve chosen for a particular cleaning job.
  • Quiet Drive – If you need to clean a specific area, but need some quiet near-by, tell your robot to keep it down as it makes its way to and from cleaning jobs. Quiet drive will shut down vacuuming components when the robot is not in its active cleaning job.

Roomba j7+ robot vacuum, backed by the power of iRobot Genius

Identifies obstacles and avoids hazards

Powered by iRobot Genius, the Roomba j7+ doesn’t just learn your home, it reacts to it in real time with PrecisionVision Navigation, giving users the ability to identify and avoid common obstacles, such as cords and pet waste. If you drop your charging cord on the floor in the living room, the Roomba j7+ will see it and avoid it. If your new puppy left a “surprise” in the hallway, the Roomba j7+ is guaranteed to detect and maneuver around it. With the ability to identify and anticipate walls and furniture, it is also able to slow its approach for a gentle clean around objects and along edges. Combining this with Imprint™ Smart Mapping, the Roomba j7+ can learn a home’s floor plan, giving customers control to choose which rooms are cleaned when using the iRobot Home App or a voice assistant device. Backed by continuous over-the-air software updates provided by iRobot Genius, PrecisionVision Navigation will also get smarter over time, allowing the Roomba j7+ to identify an even greater number of obstacles and unlock new cleaning experiences.

Keeps you in the loop, follows your instruction

The cleaning improves the more you use the Roomba j7+. Thanks to thoughtful intelligence provided by iRobot Genius, the Roomba j7+ interactively learns your preferences and adapts to keep a cleaner home. When the Roomba j7+ identifies a hazard or obstacle, it will send a photo to the iRobot Home App where you can instruct the robot to avoid or clean around the obstacle. You can also provide feedback in the iRobot Home App on how the Roomba j7+ should handle such obstacles in the future. This helps keep you in the loop and aware of any clutter or hazards, like pet waste, in your home. It also helps ensure that the robot will successfully complete the job.  ​

So smart, it anticipates the mess

Your cleaning needs are taken care of – even the ones you don’t know about yet. With iRobot Genius, the Roomba j7+ learns how you like to clean and automatically gives you personalized suggestions, even factoring in times when your home may need more frequent cleaning – like pet-shedding or allergy seasons. Since the Roomba j7+ remembers the specific rooms and times you like to clean, it can suggest personalized cleaning schedules, like in the kitchen after breakfast. Enabled by iRobot Genius, the Roomba j7+ will even ask if you’d like to clean while you’re away and stop cleaning when you return, letting you enjoy the clean without noticing the cleaning. For an extra level of clean, Imprint® Link Technology only from iRobot tells the Braava jet® m6 robot to mop after the Roomba j7+ has finished vacuuming.  

Designed to be in a class of its own

The Roomba j7+ robot and its Clean Base® Automatic Dirt Disposal have been thoughtfully designed to blend into the home. The robot features an appealing spun metal finish and intuitive one-button design. The Clean Base has been redesigned from the ground-up to fit under tables and take up less space. Its premium, textured style and rich leather pull tab complement your home furnishings, and hidden storage ensures you always have an extra bag ready to go. With the Clean Base, you can forget about vacuuming for months at a time. It allows the Roomba j7+ robot vacuum to empty itself into an enclosed bag that doesn’t need to be replaced for up to 60 days – 2x longer than other brands claim. With the low-maintenance Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal system, there is no mess or cloud of dust when you empty it. Just dispose of the used bag and put a new one in the base.

Pricing and Availability

North America:

The Roomba j7+ robot vacuum with Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal is available for purchase immediately in the U.S. and Canada starting at $1049.99 CAD on www.irobot.ca. It will be available for pre-sale at select retailers beginning on September 12, 2021 and for immediate purchase at select retailers beginning on September 19, 2021. The Roomba j7+ robot vacuum will also be available as part of the iRobot Select membership program beginning in Q4 2021. The Roomba j7 robot vacuum can also be purchased without the Clean Base starting at $799.99 CAD on www.irobot.ca. Additional Dirt Disposal Bags can be purchased for $19.99 CAD for a pack of three bags.

Rest of World:

The Roomba j7+ and j7 robot vacuums are also available for purchase in Europe now. They will be introduced more broadly in other major regions during 2022.  

iRobot.ca Boxing Day Deals Go Live

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 18, 2020 by itnerd

Here’s some Boxing Day deals from iRobot Canada that are now available on iRobot.ca. Here’s what is on offer:

  • Roomba i3: Regular price = $499.99, Boxing Day promo = $399.99
  • Roomba i3+: Regular price = $749.99, Boxing Day promo = $599.99

Check them out on iRobot.ca.

UPDATE: The Roomba 675 was just marked down as well. 

  • Roomba 675: Regular price = $369.99, Boxing Day promo = $299.99

iRobot Posts Black Friday Deals

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 26, 2020 by itnerd

Just in time for your holiday shopping, iRobot’s Canadian deals that are now live on iRobot.ca

Roomba 675: Regular price = $369.99 CAD. Black Friday promo = $279.99  CAD

Roomba i3Regular price = $499.99. Black Friday promo = $399.99 CAD

Roomba i3+Regular price = $749.99 CAD. Black Friday promo = $549.99 CAD

Braava jet m6 robot mop (exclusive BLACK m6)Regular price = $649.99 CAD. Black Friday promo = $549.99 CAD

Check out all these deals on iRobot.ca today.

iRobot Introduces the Roomba® i3+

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 17, 2020 by itnerd

iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), the leader in consumer robots, today expanded its Roomba® robot vacuum lineup with the launch of the new Roomba® i3+, a stylish new Roomba vacuum packed with advanced features. Starting at $599 USD, the Roomba i3+ offers intelligent navigation, self-emptying capability with Clean Base® Automatic Dirt Disposal, and an expanded range of personalized cleaning features powered by the recently launched iRobot Genius Home Intelligence

Take vacuuming off your plate

Similar to the iRobot Roomba i7+ and Roomba s9+ robot vacuums, the Roomba i3+ comes equipped with the Clean Base® Automatic Dirt Disposal. With Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal, the robot empties debris on its own, with no intervention from the user. Consumers don’t have to think about emptying the bin for months at a time or worrying the robot won’t finish the job due to a full bin. The Roomba i3+ automatically empties up to 60 days’ worth of dirt and debris into the Clean Base, which doubles as the robot’s charging station. The debris is then locked away in the Clean Base’s enclosed AllergenLock™ bag that uses four layers of allergen blocking material to trap 99 percent of pollen and mold.

The Roomba i3+ purposefully and logically cleans in neat rows to navigate multiple rooms within the home, across hard floors and carpet. If the robot’s battery runs low, the Roomba i3+ will automatically recharge and resume cleaning until the job is complete.

The Roomba i3+ is also equipped with a High-Efficiency Filter that captures 99 percent of pollen, mold, dust mites, and cat and dog allergens. The robot’s 3-Stage Cleaning System consists of Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes that work together to effectively clean, a specially designed Edge-Sweeping Brush to get into corners, and 10X the Power-Lifting Suction as compared to Roomba 600 Series. Using patented Dirt Detect™ technology, the Roomba i3+ knows where dirt builds up and focuses cleaning in those specific areas.

Adapts to your life, listens to your voice

The Roomba i3+ brings a thoughtful new design that fits well into consumers’ homes, with a durable, woven texture that minimizes fingerprints and collects less dust. The hidden-until-lit light ring helps the robot blend into the background, only lighting up to communicate robot behaviors or notifications when the robot is actively cleaning.

Users can also get more out of their Roomba i3+ with the newly redesigned iRobot Home App, powered by iRobot Genius™, which takes users beyond standard app control to give them a personalized cleaning experience. Available for iOS and Android devices, iRobot’s state-of-the-art artificial intelligence and home understanding capabilities enable the Roomba i3+ to learn how you like to clean. The Roomba i3+ will offer personalized suggestions via the iRobot Home App, such as recommended cleaning schedules based on past cleaning jobs and helpful cleaning suggestions during pet-shedding or allergy seasons.

Event-based automations can be set up directly within the iRobot Home App, an exclusive capability for iRobot customers that is powered by iRobot Genius™ and IFTTT Connect. Whether you’re heading off to work or going for a hike, the Roomba i3+ can begin cleaning when prompted by location-based services like Life360 or from smart home devices, like the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock. When paired with Alexa enabled devices or the Google Assistant, users can control the Roomba i3+ with just the sound of their voice. The Roomba i3+ also supports Imprint Link™ Technology so that it can team up with the iRobot Braava jet® m6 mopping robot to deliver an extra level of clean.

Pricing and Availability

The Roomba i3+ robot vacuum is available immediately for purchase online in the U.S. ($599 USD) and Canada ($749 CAD) on www.irobot.com and www.irobot.ca, and in retailers later this September. The Roomba i3 robot vacuum can also be purchased without the Clean Base® starting at $399 USD and $499 CAD. The Roomba i3+ is expected to be available in other international markets beginning in Q1 2021.

Roomba i3+ robot vacuum photos, videos and information can be found at: https://media.irobot.com/media-kits.

iRobot Unveils Personalized Cleaning Experiences

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 25, 2020 by itnerd

iRobot is unveiling new ways to clean with the launch of iRobot Genius™ Home Intelligence – a powerful new robot platform that unlocks an expansive range of digital features and experiences for the company’s line of Wi-Fi connected products, including the Roomba® robot vacuum and Braava jet® robot mop. iRobot Genius™ gives users an unmatched level of personalization and control over their cleaning robots, accounting for their unique homes, schedules, cleaning preferences and smart home integrations.

The interface for iRobot Genius™ is a newly redesigned iRobot Home App that takes users far beyond standard app control to give them a personalized and easy to use home cleaning command and control center. The app, which works with all Wi-Fi connected iRobot products, supports cleaning based on the user’s habits and personal preferences, enabling a smarter and more efficient customer experience. It also provides greater insight into the robot’s cleaning performance. 

Cleaning where you need it
Send your robot to clean a mess right where it happens with precision Clean Zones. Using state-of-the-art robot AI, Roomba i7/i7+ and s9/s9+ robot vacuums and Braava jet m6 robot mops use machine learning to automatically detect and proactively suggest Clean Zones around specific objects, like couches, tables and kitchen counters. Users are also able to customize their Smart Map by designating their own precision Clean Zones. This allows for targeted cleaning in specific areas or around objects that attract the most common messes. Simply use the app or speak to a voice assistant device, “Roomba, clean around the couch,” and Roomba knows right where to go.

Cleaning when you need it
With iRobot Genius™, Roomba robot vacuums and Braava jet robot mops get to know your preferred cleaning routines to offer new features, like:

  • Event-based automations that let the robot know when the ideal time is to start or stop cleaning based on prompts that are defined by the user. Whether you’re heading off to work or going for a hike, the iRobot Home App can use location-based services like Life360, or take prompts from smart home devices, like the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock, to know when you’re away and begin cleaning. Likewise, the robot can stop cleaning when you return. These automations can be set up directly within the iRobot Home App, an exclusive capability for iRobot customers that is powered by iRobot Genius™ and IFTTT Connect. This means users can easily integrate iRobot Wi-Fi connected products with their other household connected devices and services, like smart thermostats and locks, without having to leave the iRobot Home App. 
  • Recommended cleaning schedules are based on users’ more common cleaning patterns like cleaning on Monday mornings. Roomba i7/i7+ and s9/s9+ robot vacuums and Braava jet m6 robot mops can also provide room-specific recommendations like vacuuming the living room on Friday evenings, or in the dining room and kitchen after meals.
  • Favorites enable users to quickly create and access their own pre-set cleaning routines. Create favorites like, “After Dinner” that instructs the robot to clean the dining room and in front of the kitchen counter. Or “Bedtime” to clean the playroom and living room floors. Or “Everywhere” to clean the whole home.

Cleaning how you want it
Wi-Fi connected Roomba robot vacuums and Braava jet robot mops get smarter over time, getting to know your cleaning preferences so they understand how you want your home cleaned. New intelligence also means that iRobot products can go beyond basic scheduling to unlock powerful new location-based and smart home device integrations.  

  • New Recommended Keep Out Zones go beyond manual Keep Out Zone creation. Roomba i7/i7+ and s9/s9+ robot vacuums and Braava jet m6 robot mops can automatically learn to avoid trouble areas and recommend specific Keep Out Zones to users.
  • Seasonal recommendations offer personalized suggestions to automatically schedule cleanings or suggest times when your home may need more frequent cleaning, like pet-shedding or allergy seasons. 

Personalized cleaning experiences powered by iRobot Genius™ Home Intelligence and the new iRobot Home App will be available to customers worldwide via a software update beginning August 25. 

iRobot Serves Up Some Savings On Select Robots For Mother’s Day

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 17, 2020 by itnerd

Following up on this post and launching today, and for a limited time, iRobot customers can save up to $150 on select home cleaning robots and up to $360 on select Roomba robot vacuum/Braava jet robot mop bundles. Details on their Mother’s Day deals can be found below.

Save up to $150 on select robots

  • Save $100 on Roomba s9 – now $1049.99 (was $1149.99)
  • Save $100 on Roomba i7 – now $649.99 (was $749.99)
  • Save $150 on Roomba 960 – now $499.99 (was $649.99)
  • Save $70 on Roomba e5 – now $379.99 (was $499.99)
  • Save $70 on Roomba 675 – now $329.99 (was $399.99)
  • Save $30 on Roomba 614 – now $299.99 (was $329.99)
  • Save $100 on Braava jet m6 – now $549.99 (was $649.99)
  • Save $50 on Braava jet 380t – now $329.99 (was $379.99)
  • Save $30 on Braava jet 240 – now $249.99 (was $279.99)

Save up to $360 on select bundles