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Robotics/Unmanned Systems (Home Care): iRobot Roomba 980

TWICE VIP Award 2016 Winner! The Roomba 980 is iRobot’s first cloud-connected vacuum cleaning robot that uses groundbreaking, proprietary visual simultaneous localization and mapping (vSLAM) technology to build a map of its environment as it cleans and keep track of its location until it has cleaned an entire level of a home. The Roomba 980 boasts stronger battery life, running continuously for up to two hours before it automatically returns to its Home Base to recharge and resume until cleaning is done. It is also able to detect different floor surfaces, increasing its cleaning power on carpets and rugs. Consumers can now also use the iRobot HOME app for iOS and Android, which provides access to remote cleaning, over-the-air software updates, customizable cleaning preferences, and helpful in-app service and support options. For example, Roomba 980 can be scheduled to clean up to seven times a week from the familiar smartphone interface, and users can select the appropriate cleaning mode for their unique home, such as choosing between one or two cleaning passes, edge cleaning and whether to use Carpet Boost behavior.