I grew up watching movies like Back to the Future and Star Wars. I was always amazed by how sci-fi films of the 90s so seamlessly threw audiences into an unbelievable not-so-distant future.
This Fall when I found myself unboxing the iRobot Roomba i7+ in my tiny Toronto apartment I couldn’t help but wonder what other once fantastical gadget fantasies would become a tech reality in my lifetime.
Finding Roomba a Home
Once I unboxed my Roomba I followed the easy instructions and had her set up and whizzing around my room in less than 30 minutes.
I’m that token millennial, paying too much money in rent for a tiny downtown apartment. When friends and family found out I had added a new member to my family of one, many were skeptical. They chirped, “your apartment is so small! Why are you so lazy pick up a broom!” and “do you even have enough space to accomodate a robot living in your 300 square foot apartment?”
Months later, I’m so glad I adopted my very own Roomba…her integration into my life was a piece of cake.
For those living in a smaller urban apartment or condo, it’s important you set up the Roomba charging station in a space the robot can easily access. After shifting my dresser closer to my kitchen I was able to plug in the iRobot Roomba i7+ into the same outlet as my modem.
Help Roomba Get To Know Your Space
After finding the perfect home in my apartment for the Roomba i7+ I hopped on the iRobot App to connect the robot vacuum to my WiFi network.
Soon after you’re prompted to name your robot. It’s important to think long and hard about your Roomba’s name. I bestowed an affectionate drag name to my Roomba i7+, christening her Ivana Sweep. Now whenever she’s cleaning about the house I can’t help but chat with her as if she’s my own affectionate puppy.
The iRobot Roomba i7+ Robot Vacuum with Clean Base Automatic Dirt Disposal takes convenience to a new level – automatically emptying dirt into an AllergenLock bag that holds dirt, dust and hair.
The Roomba i7+ robot vacuum uses Imprint Smart Mapping technology to learn a home’s floor plan, so it knows the kitchen from the living room, giving you control to choose which rooms are cleaned and when. And because it’s WiFi connected, you can also enjoy hands-free control with Alexa enabled devices and Google Assistant.
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Ivana Sweep’s With Ease
After Ivana Sweep embarked on three thorough cleaning missions her brilliant mind had mapped out where all the chair legs, walls and doors were located in my apartment.
Your Roomba’s first few cleaning sessions will involve a lot of gentle bumping around. The robot vacuum’s brain maps out your apartments space and soon enough glides from bathroom, to bedroom and kitchen with ease.
My apartment is around 300 square feet and Ivana Sweep typically takes around 45 minutes to clean the entire space. I tend to coax her to clean a minute before I head out the door to workout at the gym or go grocery shopping. By the time I get home she’s back on her charging station and my floors are spotless.
So how often do you have to replace the Roomba i7+’s AllergenLock bag?
It totally depends on the size of your home and if you have any cats, dogs or wee toddlers who shed tiny hair. Based on the size of my apartment and the fact that I’m the only resident with a beating heartbeat, I’ve been told I’ll likely only have to “take out the trash,” once a year. And that’s music to my lazy ears!
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