Newest iRobot Roomba Can Detect Pet Poop

Newest iRobot Roomba Can Detect Pet Poop

Author WDF Staff


Robot vacuum cleaners seemed like a great idea if you’re a dog owner. Imagine not having to do any vacuuming, but your home remains hair-free and clean. You can program the vacuum cleaner, and it will do all the necessary vacuuming around your home. However, there is a slight drawback many dog owners fail to recognize - puppies poop and pee inside the house.

If you have a housebroken dog that knows they have to go outside to do their business, the iRobot Roomba is a great tool to have in your home. However, if you have a puppy that’s still in the process of potty training, using a robotic vacuum cleaner can have terrible and smelly consequences.

Most common issues with iRobot Roomba

The biggest issue with a robotic vacuum cleaner like the iRobot Roomba was that it could not differentiate the type of waste it should be cleaning. What we mean by that is that if your puppy pooped inside your home, the vacuum cleaner would go over the “bomb” and drag it all over your home. Imagine coming home to see poop drag marks across your living room. It’s not something you’d want to witness.

iRobot Roomba and dog

Smart vacuum cleaners

The robotic vacuum cleaners were called smart, but they were actually pretty basic. They could navigate a room they were in, but our job was to make sure there were no obstacles around that might get in the way. If you have to leave your dog at home, there is no way of knowing if you’ll come back to a smelly brown track.

As technology and artificial intelligence develop, so do robotic vacuum cleaners. The iRobot Roomba manufacturing company is steadily improving its products, and their latest news had us listening carefully. They piqued our interest with new features and capabilities, but we were most interested in whether they could detect pet poop.

The new iRobot Roomba j7+

The new iRobot Roomba j7+ promises great things, and we are leaning towards trying it out ourselves. The most promising thing most of us dog owners want in a robotic vacuum cleaner is dog poop detection. Of course, that is not the only obstacle we want to see detected. Life with a dog is messy, and there will be different toys, food, treats, collars, and leashes that might end up on the floor.

The new processing system

The most interesting part of the new iRobot Roomba j7+ is its new, more powerful processor. With better processing capabilities and a more powerful AI, the Roomba should detect and avoid dog poop. Here are some of the best new features the new iRobot Roomba j7+ has;

  • More powerful camera
  • Better sensors
  • More processing power
  • Automatic bin emptying
  • Shorter, sleeker base
  • PrecisionVision Navigation

j7+ irobot roomba

PrecisionVision Navigation

PrecisionVision Navigation is the most interesting new feature the new Roomba j7+ has. With this new function, the Roomba can detect objects and obstacles on the floor. After it’s done vacuuming, it will report the obstacles in the app. You can easily label these obstacles as permanent or temporary, which will allow the Roomba to update the plan and avoid things that are permanently there. For example, if you have cords on the floor or under a TV table, the Roomba j7+ will stop cleaning there for good.

How can it recognize pet poop?

Teaching the robot to recognize pet poop was interesting, to say the least. Employees and software developers made literally thousands of dog poop models from Play-doh. They even used pictures from their employees and entered them into the system for the robot to recognize them.

The new operating system will be connected to all Roombas, updating their software and the whole “poop” database. It will learn and even get better in the future. Plus, the company offers a P.O.O.P. or Pet Owner Official Promise. They say that if your iRobot Roomba j7+ runs into pet poop, they will replace it. The promise is valid for a year, and it is a clear way they want to make dog owners feel a lot better about getting their new Roomba.

In conclusion

The new iRobot Roomba j7+ is serving a lot of promises. We are certainly interested in how the vacuum cleaner will perform and what issues might bug them in the future. We are very interested in seeing how it will detect and avoid pet poop. If it ends up being truthful about it, we will most certainly get one.

World Dog Finder team

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