Roomba Just Got Even Lazier

iRobot's line of autonomous vacuums already cater to those who'd rather be doing anything other than pushing a vacuum cleaner around. But the company's newest model, the 790, includes a wireless command centre that eliminates the need for you to get up to control Roomba's routine.

The new remote is vastly superior to the company's previous offerings, carrying over the touchscreen interface used on the 790 and the previous generation Roomba 780. You can set up a weekly cleaning schedule, or immediately send it on its way, and it also lets you manually manoeuvre the bot out from under a bed or anywhere it gets itself stuck. As a result of that newfound wireless functionality, the Roomba 790 comes with a $US700 price tag, $US100 more than the 780.

[iRobot via Chip Chick]



    IRobot... I wonder if Will Smith will turn up to take care of it when it misbehaves.

    Wouldn't it be smarter / more forward thinking to replace the controller with a smart-phone app? The last thing I need in my life is another remote control!

    Smart phone app would be great but these things are missing out on something decent like a Kinect style IR laser/Camera setup for whole room mapping to save on stuff ups. That and a web interface so you can program it from anywhere.

    IT SUCKS ! I want to buy one but can't buy the roomba 790 or the latest scooba, in Australia....not even from the USA robot site.
    ...and irobot won't cover any warranty for outside Australia [not that they'll sell to us anyway]..
    I have an old roomba & love it, but want the latest. Any constructive helpful suggestions. PS. I don't trust the ebay ones, I've already been burnt there with a seller from China who advertised his company selling them new, took my money and vanished!

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