Samsung’s Jet Bot AI + robot vacuum is a must have for pet owners


Despite their overall hands-off capabilities, most robot vacuums require some sort of pre-cleaning to avoid eating phone chargers or socks. It’s just an expected side chore of trusting an inanimate object so you don’t get tripped up when you’re not at home.

Until now, maybe? The Samsung Jet Bot AI + robot vacuum works with artificial intelligence and a 3D sensor that is believed to be able to detect small objects that usually only humans recognize as a problem.

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We are definitely in Jetsons territory

There is something very futuristic about the look of the Jet Bot AI +. Samsung Director of Product Marketing Rich Leonarz told us in a live video briefing that Samsung understands where people are going to keep a robot vacuum: in the open. Robot vacuums need access to their docking station and can’t be tucked away in a closet like a manual vacuum, so Samsung wanted the Jet Bot AI + to have some serious appeal. It’s really a flex in front of the guests.

The Jet Bot AI + has a futuristic design.

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The tapered edge allows the vacuum cleaner to slip under furniture.

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It combines the simple circular design of most robovacs with the D-shape detailing the corners that a few others, like the Roomba s9 +, rock. Does it look like a waffle iron? May be. But the combination of soft and harsh lines is actually pretty sick, and the all-white glossy exterior with silver trim looks so clean. The self-draining dock is also smooth and compact.

What’s especially great about this flat edge is that it’s tapered. Measuring less than two inches in height at its thinnest, the Jet Bot AI + can squeeze one side under the edge of furniture instead of closely following the edge and hoping its side brush can grab the debris that has been hit. below.

There’s a lot to do in the SmartThings app

Setting up and using the Jet Bot AI + through Samsung’s SmartThings app is very straightforward, especially when you have a speaker on the vacuum itself that walks you through the process. In the app, you can send Jet Bot to create a map of your house (which it draws up faster than most LiDAR robots I’ve tried), tag rooms and no-go areas, change the cleaning mode (in the middle of the room or walls first)), schedule, send for a one-time cleanup, turn on live streaming, and more.

This meticulous bot goes over and over to the same places, but it’s not noisy

Imagine the sound of an old laptop booting up. The Jet Bot AI + is barely louder than that, even when in boost mode on a mat. The self-draining whoosh is expected to be loud, but the hum during actual vacuuming is certainly less of a nuisance than competing vacuums with similar suction power (and less of a shock to small children or pets. capricious companionship).

Bare floors, like hardwood and tile, are easy on the Jet Bot AI + as expected. I appreciated that he actually picked up most of the stray pieces of my cat’s pellet litter, which are about the size of Tic Tacs. As for the soft floors, my long hair which was pressed into the carpet was successfully picked up. I don’t need to turn the vacuum upside down yet to release the coiled hair.

Jet Bot AI + * checks notes * does not eat chargers

The Jet Bot AI + is not the fastest cleaner. Unless you switch its cleaning mode to the faster skimming, it will repeat its trips around the room four or five times.

The cleanup is definitely thorough (although a bit unnecessary) after that. It leaves crisp lines on carpets like the best of lawn mowing jobs, proving it combs carpets well. The imprint on the carpet also shows how agile the Jet Bot is for its large build. He went to things like my cat’s scratching post or the storage bins under my coffee table and maneuvered around them as close as possible.

Not a single charger was eaten that day. In fact, the app even notices when it hits an obstacle and lets you decipher what it has found (like a sock / towel, mug / plate, or power cord). The Jet Bot also announces vocally when it avoids an obstacle via its speaker.

Other times the camera and object sensors weren’t so careful. More on that later.

Live streaming camera is such a win for people with pets

The on-board camera doesn’t just help with navigation and obstacle avoidance. It is a pet camera on wheels. In Home Watch mode, you can see what the Jet Bot AI + sees as it moves, whether it’s going from room to room or controlling it remotely by you.

A wild Sansa has appeared!

A wild Sansa has appeared!
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What moved to the high-tech side quickly became as useful as the vacuum cleaner itself. My kitten Sansa and I both hate it when she has to be left home alone, especially now that she’s taller and able to engage in serious bullshit when she’s bored. The ability to patrol my apartment and see what she’s doing when she’s not hanging out in front of my fixed pet cameras is so heartwarming. The Jet Bot AI + can also pick up your pet if you don’t feel like watching the live stream.

Cons: Object sensors can be hit (literally) or missed

I’m surprised to say that the Jet Bot’s accuracy in obstacle detection was quite volatile.

Sometimes the sensors were too much good to the point where they would mistake a bath mat or doormat for a towel. Sometimes the Jet Bot would eventually notice and go back to pass the mat, but during most sessions it would finish cleaning that room and bounce around with some kitty litter still strewn about. Guess it’s better than getting stuck on a carpet and not being able to finish the rest of the apartment until I can physically move it – except the Jet Bot AI + got lost and went announced that he couldn’t find the station more than once, so he ended up getting stuck in the bathroom, anyway.


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Of course, this is the occasion when the Jet Bot went to said room and did not turn around because “one or more rooms” or “one or more areas” could not be cleaned. This has happened a lot, and despite the app telling me about roadblocks, I feel like a single shirt or cat toy shouldn’t stop the whole room from being swept.

Now to the reverse problem.

Cleaning near my cat’s food and water is a time when I would actually prefer object catchers to be too careful. Until I draw a no-go area, there hasn’t been a kitchen cleaning session where the Jet Bot left them alone. He never failed to push those bowls halfway across the kitchen floor and once pushed their little stand up against a wall and spilled water and food all over the place.

The Jet Bot AI + knocked over bowls of cat food and water instead of detecting and avoiding them.

The Jet Bot AI + knocked over bowls of cat food and water instead of detecting and avoiding them.
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Deploying no-go areas is a normal part of using a robotic vacuum cleaner. I don’t expect artificial intelligence to navigate with the same precision my human mind can use my Dyson. But when a (really expensive) robot vacuum is specifically advertised as a prominent object avoider, it probably shouldn’t make a bigger mess than it was supposed to clean up.

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The Jet Bot AI + is easily one of the most high-tech and unique cleaning devices available in 2021. It generates truly reliable suction on different sizes of debris without making too much noise, and looks great while doing it. doing. The fact that it acts like a literal remote control animal camera while it picks up pet hair is reason enough for pet owners to splurge.

But judging it strictly based on its ~ thing ~ (object recognition), the Jet Bot AI + toned down its glow by being incompatible with object and room avoidance. It moves intuitively enough to avoid getting caught on a cord or in places it can’t fit. While you are unlikely to return home on a floor that has not been cleaned for this reason, you can return home to random missed spots that were too close to an obstacle for comfort.


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