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iRobot unveils Mirra 530 Pool Cleaning Robot


January 4, 2013

The Mirra 530, at work in a pool

The Mirra 530, at work in a pool

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iRobot is probably best known for its Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner, Looj eavestrough-cleaning robot, and Scooba robotic floor cleaner. Owners of swimming pools, however, might also be familiar with the company’s Verro pool-cleaning robots. Today, iRobot announced the launch of its latest and fanciest pool-bot, the Mirra 530.

The Mirra is designed for use in in-ground pools. It doesn’t require hoses or booster pumps, plus it works independently of the pool’s filtration system – that should save on power bills, according to the company.

When the vacuum-equipped wheeled robot is first lowered into the water, it starts by using its iAdapt Nautiq sensory/algorithmic system to assess the dimensions of the pool, then chooses the most efficient cleaning cycle based on that data. It proceeds to roll along every inch of the pool’s floor, walls and steps – going right up to the waterline – using its motorized PVC scrub brush to remove algae, dirt, bacteria and other material.

The iAdapt system also allows it to avoid obstacles (just like the Roomba does), including its own floating 60-foot (18.3-meter) power cord.

Along with scrubbing, the Mirra additionally uses its pump to suck up the freshly-removed gunk, and detritus such as leaves and sand. It processes the water at a rate of 70 gallons (265 liters) per minute, using its filter to trap particles as small as two microns. When it's finished and lifted out of the water, its filtration canisters can be pulled out and hosed off.

The Mirra 530 will be available in North America and select countries as of this spring (Northern Hemisphere), at a price of US$1,299.99. By contrast, the most expensive of the three Verro pool-bots goes for $999, while the cheapest costs $399. There’s currently no information available regarding the specific differences between the Verros and the Mirra.

Source: iRobot via IEEE Spectrum

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away. All articles by Ben Coxworth

A great idea. A suggestion to iRobot is a miniature version for that 'swimming pool' we sit on in the bathroom. Now that would sell!

Todd Dunning

This is so cool! I love playing in my pool but I dread cleaning it and always end up hiring expensive pool companies in Newmarket. I would love to buy this and not have to worry about daily upkeep. Thanks for sharing!


This one is better then it's predecessors but, I still try to get manual servicing instead of installing a machine solely for this. Let it be any thing but when it comes to cleaning I don't think an artificial cleaner is good enough. I trust human eyes and intelligence the most reliable source.

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