Roomba connects to the cloud
The Roomba has added some important tweaks to its latest incarnation, which brings the floor-cleaning robot firmly into the smart-home sphere.
iRobort Corp. has launched the Roomba 980, the first Roomba model to combine adaptive navigation with visual localization, as well as cloud-connected app control.
“With more than 14 million robots in people’s homes worldwide, iRobot is the global leader in automated home cleaning,” said Colin Angle, chairman and CEO of iRobot. “Roomba 980 is the next big step as it marks iRobot’s first cloud-connected product with mapping capabilities for the consumer market. Leveraging the cloud and mapping technologies, robots gain a better understanding of their environment, and customers are provided with more control. Looking ahead, these technologies will also enable expanded capabilities for connected robots in the smart home.”
Users can now control their Roomba using the iRobot HOME App, beginning cleaning jobs remotely or scheduling jobs using their smartphones. Users can also customize cleaning modes using the app.
The Roomba 980 cleans until it's finished with the entire level of the home, cleaning for up to two hours at a time and then recharging and resuming.
Additionally, the AeroForce Cleaning System with Carpet Boost can tell the difference between hard and carpeted floors, adjusting to deliver more cleaning power where needed.
“Vacuum cleaning robots can’t rely on any one feature or technology to clean effectively,” said Christian Cerda, executive VP and general manager of iRobot’s Home Robots business unit. “Vacuum performance, efficient navigation, adapting to ever-changing environments and cleaning under furniture where dirt is hiding are all important factors, and they must be balanced. Roomba 980 takes this into account to deliver convenient, customized, powerful cleaning assistance, each and every day.”
TOTO earns International Living Future Institute’s Declare label
TOTO has achieved a plumbing industry first by offering material health evaluations for an initial six high-efficiency toilets (HETs), according to the company. Its products have earned the International Living Future Institute's (IFLI) Declare label and are listed in the Declare Products Database.
Declare labels list materials, chemicals and elements known to pose risks to human health or the environment. After a thorough investigation of their constituent materials, TOTO's initial six HETs have been listed in the Declare database as Living Building Challenge Compliant or "declared."
"TOTO is pleased to be the first market mover in our industry to earn the IFLI's Declare label, providing insight into our efforts to reduce the health and environmental impacts of the materials and processes used in the manufacture of our world-class bathroom products," said Bill Strang, president of operations for the Americas, TOTO USA. "Transparency is the cornerstone of all our initiatives and key to providing customers with informed choices about our products and a profound understanding of the ethic upon which we operate."
During the evaluation process, the company discovered that changes to its product line would be required to be Living Building Challenge Compliant. As a result, the TOTO began working with its vendors to produce PVC-free flappers, refill tubes, and seat pads. TOTO now offers PVC-free high-efficiency toilets, which are Living Building Challenge Complaint.
MiTek offers unified 3-D estimating
MiTek Industries’ Sapphire Supply software solution is gaining strong reception and adoption among lumber and building material dealers.
Sapphire Supply is a single-source software solution that combines complete materials estimating and structural frame design. It also incorporates the building material supplier’s product SKUs to create a complete quote, while performing analysis and design on a wide range of structural products, including engineered wood products (EWP), dimensional lumber, and metal connectors and hangers.
“MiTek continues to innovate and release new software solutions as part of our Sapphire Suite. Sapphire Supply is part of our award-winning offering of integrated, optimized, collaborative design solutions,” said Brian McCormick, MiTek’s director of Residential Supply Chain. “Using any module of the SAPPHIRE Suite allows information sharing and design collaboration to the lot-specific level, helping to ensure the Buildability of any structure.”
The solution uses a single shared structural model, offering dealers a unified solution for efficient, accurate modeling and estimating across their organizations. It can also generate SKU-based materials counts for non-structural materials, such as drywall, house wrap and millwork. In addition Additionally, Sapphire Supply’s automated framing tools allow users to quickly evaluate alternative framing scenarios.