09 January 2018
Roomba, the robotic vacuum by iRobot is going to pack a new indoor WiFi mapping feature. The company is releasing a new patch that will add wireless coverage map to robot's vacuum heat map. This will enable the user to understand the current position of Roomba inside the house.
WiFi coverage mapping is the process of creating a map of indoor signals. This map will show you the areas inside your house with weaker wifi strength and signal dead zones. As you know, Some Roomba models can be controlled remotely using WiFi and the new feature will let the user whether their Roomba is out of range for remote control.
With the new patch, Roomba will be collecting all the WiFi signal information to produce a signal map as it cleans the house. The map will contain the signal strength details of places where the robot has already cleaned. Only the 900 series Roomba robots will be able to use this upcoming feature.
Last year's Roomba 960 Vaccum Cleaning robot will receive the latest patch along with Roomba 990 and 980 robot vacuums. It is reported the new patch is being tested on real Roomba robots. It is reported that the feature will be available through a beta program within the app in the US starting mid-January.
Gary Hall, senior director of digital product management at iRobot said in a statement,
The iRobot Beta program offers our users a chance to experience and shape potential next-generation features that are in development, including Wi-Fi coverage mapping.