iRobot’s New Roomba Can Detect & Avoid Pet Poop

The Roomba J7 Plus robot vacuum has enough brains to see and avoid pet poop.

Credit: iRobot

It’s bad enough to step in dog poop when you’re not expecting it, but what if your robotic vacuum plowed into some smelly pet waste? What one couple learned a few years ago is that it’s the ultimate doomsday situation for robot vacuum cleaners.

The family had no idea that their puppy and Roomba combo could lead to a disaster they’ve named the “Pooptastrophe.” Jesse Newton described the entire incident in a Facebook post that went viral.

However, the $850 iRobot Roomba J7 Plus has you covered, pet owners.

According to iRobot, the J7 Plus is intelligent enough to recognize and make a detour if it senses pet poop. A company representative explained the following to CNET:

“iRobot trained [the vacuum’s] ML (machine learning) algorithms using hundreds of thousands of images of real, fake, and simulated dog and cat waste.” The spokesperson went on to say, “iRobot is so confident that its pet waste detection is up to the task that it is offering customers the Pet Owner Official Promise (P.O.O.P.).”

So, it’s the Pet Owner Official Promise (P.O.O.P.) that’s got you covered here. Other than being a nifty acronym, it’s a guarantee.

It means iRobot will replace for free any Roomba J7 Plus if it fails to detect pet poop. There are limitations, though, and the pledge is good for up to one year from the original owner’s purchase date.

Secondly, the offer covers solid pet waste only.

If your furry friend drops wetter deposits like diarrhea, vomit, or urine you’re poop out of luck. Although, iRobot says the vacuum will alert you when it comes across any objects of concern.

It will present images for review, including anything your pet may have left behind.

Credit: iRobot

If the Roomba J7 Plus is as great as it claims to be, it will be pretty neat. Some advanced robot vacuums, such as the Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8, can avoid traps like shoes and cords.

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Matt Sterner

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