40 million iRobots are cleaning our homes

40 million iRobots are cleaning our homes

With the launch of the first Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner in 2002, iRobot started a cleaning revolution. Over the years, the company has presented many groundbreaking solutions, listening to users’ opinions about its products. Today, iRobot has more than 40 million home robots sold.

Although iRobot is nowadays equated with the production of beautiful and effective home robots, its origins were completely different. The company was founded in 1990 by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, led by the current CEO of the brand – Colin Angle. Their goal was to create robots that could provide real assistance to users with impossible or unpleasant tasks.

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Yes, iRobot has created a range of products that support uniformed services, as well as robots for space exploration, long-term ocean exploration, or a robot that assists researchers in discovering the secrets of the Great Pyramid. The sheer amount of experience gained in this way pushed iRobot’s engineers toward the vision of helping a wider group of users. In the course of their interviews, they identified a number of activities that people don’t like to do. At the top of the list was floor vacuuming – a monotonous activity that requires regularity, accuracy and time.

Work on the iRobot Roomba project lasted several years, and in 2002 the first robot vacuum cleaner was presented. Even then, the robot had a 3-stage cleaning system and characteristic buttons marked S, M, L, which indicated the size of the room. This solution has already disappeared in the second generation of the iRobot Roomba, which, like the next series, has taken ease of use, efficiency and work intelligence to ever higher levels.

Current Roomba robot models are able to spot and avoid small objects left on the floor (shoes, clothes or cables), suggest more frequent work during the dusting or moulting period, and intensify operation in areas where they encounter larger clusters. detect dirt . A lot has also changed in terms of ease of use: the application for mobile devices, wide voice control options or the Clean Base charging and cleaning station are just some of such solutions.

Today, iRobots Roomba appliances are thorough vacuuming. However, the company saw the growing adoption of home robots and developed a number of products for other tasks. Gutter cleaning, swimming pool cleaning are just a few examples. However, the second product, after iRobot Roomba, which has become the best on the market, is the Braava mop robot. The appliance is designed to thoroughly clean the indicated areas. For this reason, Braava is equipped with, among other things, a rectangular mop that reaches into the corners, or an effective water dosing mechanism (in the form of a precise nozzle), and its way of moving ensures effective wet cleaning of the surface. .

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The idea of ​​iRobot is based on creating devices that work together by exchanging information, thus relieving the user of unpopular activities. The first realization of this vision is the Imprint Link technology. Thanks to this, Roomba robots[1] They can be used with Braava jet m6 robots to mop the floor immediately after vacuuming. This activity can even be restricted to selected rooms or areas[2]†

The brand’s vast amount of experience and listening to customers’ needs mean that the iRobot brand now boasts of selling more than 40 million home robots. In turn, Poland will soon cross the 700,000 mark.

Interesting facts:

  • About 1 in 60 iRobot cleaning robots is sold in Poland.
  • If we assume that a cleaning robot works an average of 5 hours per week, 40 million iRobots save home users 10.4 million hours per year.
  • These nearly 10.5 billion hours translate into approximately 433,333,333 days.
  • If we assume that the average width of an iRobot at home is 12 inches (30 cm), then side by side they form a line 12,000 kilometers long – that’s more than the circumference of the moon (10,921 km).
  • If we assume that the statistical area of ​​the iRobot house is 700 square centimeters, then in the number of 40 million they will cover an area of ​​2.8 square kilometers.

source: iRobot

[1] Roomba 900 Series, i3, i7, j7, s9

[2] For Roomba i7, j7, s9 series robots equipped with Imprint Smart Mapping technology

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