Robot Vacuums

Samsung emphasizes navigation in its new robot vac

An autopilot you can trust

The JetBot A.I. 90+ can vacuum and mop. Credit: Samsung

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Samsung announced JetBot 90 A.I.+ today, a robot vacuum that is driven by object-recognition AI. This automated floor cleaner promises to avoid bumping into furniture or getting tangled in power cables by using lidar technology.

Since the JetBot won’t hit the market until midway through 2021, we haven’t been able to test it in our lab. But, from what we’ve seen so far, we are surprised that it’s such a departure from Samsung’s previous designs.

We tested a few of Samsung’s robot vacuums. They were always powerful, but bulky and not very nimble.

Samsung JetBot 90 A.I. +
Credit: Samsung

The new Samsung JetBot focuses on advanced navigation via lidar and object-recognition software.

This time around, it looks like Samsung is much more focused on navigation. Its forward-thinking JetBot 90 A.I.+ robot vac will have a comprehensive app so you can designate no-go zones to focus the robot’s time on areas you want attention to, like under the kitchen table or entryways.

By using the lidar, it can differentiate a delicate vase from a table leg and will act accordingly. You’ll also be able to connect directly to the camera to give a live feed of your home. We hope this will be implemented like the LG Hom-Bot where you can turn your robot floor cleaner into a mobile security camera.

The final piece of the convenience puzzle is the self-emptying dock. When the JetBot 90 A.I. + finishes vacuuming, the content of its dustbin is suctioned out and placed into a sealed and disposable bag. Samsung claims that you’ll only need to empty the bag every two-three months, which means the bag is roughly twice the size of those offered by iRobot—or, that the JetBot robot vac only collects half the dirt.

We’ll find out after we get our hands on it.

Exact availability and pricing have not yet been announced, but we’ll keep you updated.

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