We live in an age that is ruled by technology. If you just look at the past few years, you’d realize how much we depend on technology now. Internet and smartphones have totally changed the way we work and communicate. You may wonder, what’s next?
I think the next is Artificial Intelligence, and then the robots. The AI is already powering several of our devices. Many new smartphones today are AI powered. We have Alexa and Google Home devices using the AI technology. But the robots so far have stayed out of our homes. But by the way the things are going, owning a robot may become as easy in future as owning a smartphone is. And I mean domestic robots, little bots that can help in our daily lives.
In the past few years, I’ve seen a cute robot by LG that’s designed to keep vigilance at home. ASUS too has Zenbo that can talk, play, tell stories, and do a lot of other things to help in a home. And brands like iRobot are already engaged in bringing out robots that help in household chores like cleaning the floor.
iRobot Braava 390t floor cleaning robot:
Among the impressive lineup of domestic robots by iRobot, one of the newer models is a floor cleaning robot called Braava 390t. Recently, Puresight systems, the exclusive distributor of iRobot, has made it available in India.
Braava 390t is a compact robot that is equipped with Pro-Clean System and dual-cleaning modes for dry and damp cleaning (sweeping and mopping). It can operate on any hard surface like wood, stone, laminate and tiles. Directed by GPS, it creates a map of the room and silently moves around, cleaning the floor. Using it should be very easy too. It requires no manual programming and has only three buttons, the Start, Sweep, and Mop. The robot is directed by a small, square shaped GPS unit. The floor mopping device is also square and boasts of being a competent cleaner of the corners and the floor edges. iRobot claims, Brava 390t can mop up to 210 minutes covering about 1,000 sq. ft. in a single go.
The main features of iRobot Braava 390t include:
- iAdapt 2.0 Navigation: The robot can process over 60 decisions/sec and automatically analyze the room contours to avoid rugs, wall, and drop-off zones like stairs.
- Northstar Navigation Cube: It comes with the Northstar Navigation Cube. This cube acts as an in-house GPS and guides the bot around the room.
- Advanced Sensors: As per iRobot, Brava 390t has advanced sensors that assist it in cleaning, without accidents like a fall from stairs.
- Pro-clean Reservoir Pad: Its Pro-Clean Reservoir Pad is designed to dispense liquid in a phased manner while the Braava mops. This helps in keeping the bot’s cleaning cloth wet for longer duration.
- Fast-charging capabilities: The battery of Braava 390t can be charged in about 2 hours using its Turbo Charging Cradle.
- Coverage: As per the information I got, Braava 390t can sweep up to 1,000 square feet using a single-pass (straight) cleaning motion and it can mop up to 350 square feet through a triple-pass (zig-zag action)cleaning motion.
Overall, the compact ivory coloured robot looks pretty cool. If it competently does what it says, then it can prove very helpful in cleaning the house. However, this convenience does not come cheap. iRobot Braava 390t bears the price tag of MRP Rs. 25,900 in India. It is available at Amazon and iRobot’s website. It is also available in the offline stores of iRobot in Bengaluru and Chennai.
Considering its price tag, I don’t think a middle class Indian household will show interest in it. Besides the high price tag, people may also fear that the robot may develop snags and then it would cost a lot to repair them. So, as of now, the reach of these cleaning robots is likely to remain restricted to the wealthy, and places like hotels, restaurants etc. But let’s hope that soon, even robots will become affordable, and as integral a part of our life as our smartphones and computers are.