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CE Today 8/28/23: News from iRobot, Laifen, & OtterBox 

CE Today 8/28/23: News from iRobot, Laifen, & OtterBox

Explore the latest trends and news in the CE (Consumer Electronics) Space. Stay tuned daily for more updates. 

iRobot Optimizes Floor Cleaning with Expanded 2-in-1 Roomba Lineup

The Roomba Combo j5+ by iRobot. Image courtesy of iRobot.
The Roomba Combo i5+ by iRobot. Image courtesy of iRobot.

Today, consumer robot manufacturer iRobot Corp. announced the addition of the Roomba Combo j5+ and Roomba Combo i5+ robots to its 2-in-1 lineup of robot vacuums and mops. “Following the successful launch of the Roomba Combo j7+, customer demand for more iRobot 2-in-1 cleaning devices continues to grow,” said Barry Schliesmann, chief product officer at iRobot in a press release. “We’re meeting that demand by expanding our 2-in-1 fleet with the Roomba Combo j5+ and Roomba Combo i5+, giving customers greater choice when it comes to an iRobot vacuum and mop option that best suits their home and budget.” 

The Roomba Combo j5+ and Roomba Combo i5+ are robot vacuums and mops that can convert from one cleaning method to the other by switching the bin. The vacuum bin employs power-lifting suction and adjusts to a variety of floor types with Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes that can pick up small particles and large debris. When it is time to mop, users simply switch out the vacuum bin for the mop bin filled with water or a compatible cleaning solution and the robots automatically adjust to a combination clean. The Dual Multi-Surface Rubber Brushes are combined with Power-Lifting Suction, an Edge-Sweeping Brush, and mopping bad to take on dirt, debris, and dust. Once finished, the combination robot cleaners automatically empty their bins in disposable bags that can hold up to 60 days’ worth of debris. The Combo j5+ and Combo i5+ also utilize iRobot OS to best navigate each home by employing Smart Map technology to clean efficiently and smartly according to user specifications. Users can customize and automate their cleaning via the iRobot Home app. 

There are some differences between the two robot vacuums and mops. The Combo i5+ is best suited for smaller homes with mostly hard floor surfaces. Like the Combo j5+, the Combo i5+ cleans in neat rows to navigate multiple rooms, but the Combo j5+ utilizes PrecisionVision Navigation technology. This technology employs a front-facing camera and LED to detect and avoid obstacles and hazards during a cleaning run. 

The Combo j5+ and Combo i5+ from Roomba are available for pre-order online at iRobot.com. The Combo j5+ is valued at $799.99 and the Combo i5+ is valued at $549.99. They will also be available for pre-sale at select retailers throughout North America beginning September 3. 

Laifen Launches SE High-Speed Hair Dryer 

The Swift SE High-Speed Hair Dryer in Matte Blue by Laifen. Image courtesy of Laifen.

Laifen, a provider of hair care products and solutions, announced the release of its new Swift SE High-Speed Hair Dryer. The Swift SE can dry hair up to five times faster with strong airflow from the brushless motor, which reaches up to 105,000 RPM and a wind speed of 21m/s. High performance does not compromise hair health with the Swift SE because of the company’s Smart Temperature Control technology, which automatically monitors 50 times per second and adjusts the temperature of the hair dryer to protect the scalp and hair from heat damage. For visual monitoring purposes, the Swift SE displays three illuminated color controls to indicate temperature: red for 80 degrees (hot airflows), yellow for 50 degrees (warm airflows), and blue for cold airflow. It contains ionic anti-frizz technology and is lightweight with an ergonomic design. The Swift SE comes with a magnetic smooth nozzle and diffuser and is available in four colors.

The Swift SE is available now for $126.99 on Laifen’s website. 

Check out Dealerscope’s Unboxed video of the Swift High-Speed Hair Dryer by Laifen.

OtterBox Teams Up with Design House Trèfle on Tropical Prints for Symmetry Series+ 

Video courtesy of OtterBox.

The Symmetry Series+ of protective smartphone cases from OtterBox now have two new prints from Tortola, British Virgin Islands-based design house Trèfle. The prints, called Cruller and Paradise, are born from designer Kristin Frazer, who was influenced by the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and Hurricane Irma when conceptualizing the even blending of dark and bright colors in the two patterns. 

“As my team and I worked on these designs, we decided to start with the combination of prints that I love that could work well together but that could also tell a bigger story,” Frazer explained in a press release. “It was important to combine both bright and light with dark and muted colors to create a blend that speaks not only to my aesthetic as a Caribbean Designer but to a more global audience. These prints speak of the experiences that have made a lasting impression on me and our island and I’m happy to share them with the world.” 

The Symmetry Series+ cases are made from 50 percent recycled materials and are MagSafe compatible. The Trèfle collection for the Symmetry Series+ is available at OtterBox.com