A professional mopping robot is how refined?

Spark Global Limited reports:

The same is true of cleaning your home. It is not easy to do something as simple as mopping the floor. Parents often use their decades of cleaning experience and standards to demand that we always fall short.

Such complaints suddenly disappeared when he bought his parents an iRobot Braava Jet M6 floor mopping robot. It’s hard to imagine a mopping robot meeting parents’ standards to their satisfaction.

In fact, the standard of parents is not metaphysical, the standard of mop ground is very simple, nothing more than “clean” two words. It is not easy, because the corners of the home are much more than imagined, and the mop needs to be washed often, repeatedly bending down to drag many times is one of the original SINS of dragging the floor tiring people.

A professional mopping man came to the house

What is a major? Different industries have different definitions, but often people who focus on doing one thing are more likely to reach the degree of expertise in a certain area.

Just as people’s time and energy are limited, technological devices at the present stage are limited by technology, cost and space. A multi-functional device is almost always inferior to a single functional device in terms of experience. Even if the equipment experience is very good, but the price is not acceptable to many people, fresh air air conditioning, washing and drying one washing machine are so, cleaning robot is no exception.

Sweeping the floor and mopping the floor are two seemingly similar but completely different cleaning modes. They are fundamentally different from each other in terms of behavioral logic. It is difficult to achieve excellent performance of both in the same equipment. IRobot also sees this clearly, so the main can be extremely clean sweep and drag separation robot.

Because the mopping robot has no steering wheel and needs space for the rag, and the wheel is at the back of the machine, the robot’s center of gravity is on the side of the rag. At the same time, mopping requires a bit of downforce, and the Braava Jet M6 head cloth will be significantly heavier in position, and the lower base allows the cloth to be more close to the ground, which is the only way to clean the floor.

But the head weight, increased friction, will also lead to ordinary wheel slip, can not overcome the friction forward, so it can not be used normally, so the design of the wheel and the sweeping machine is different. IRobot has tried different materials to improve the wheels, so that the mopping robot can have enough movement ability under the condition of ensuring the cleaning force.

From the shape design point of view, the circular sweeping robot is easier to get out of trouble in the complex home environment, and the corners will be solved by the side brush. While the mopping robot is different, the square design can be deep into the corner or close to the wall to mop the floor, in addition to the small body, can effectively clean to the furniture under the hard-to-reach areas, invisible corners can also be dragged clean.

At the same time, the cleaning pad is located at the front of the bottom of the fuselage and is equal width to the fuselage for maximum fit to the corners.

As can be seen, from the cleaning logic, sweeping and mopping can be said to be two mutually exclusive modes, which require a deep and complete design of the hardware to achieve better cleaning performance. It’s obvious that you can’t sweep clean or drag clean just by adding components or a compromise hardware design.

The Braava Jet M6 does more than that to improve the cleaning capabilities of the mopping robot. The Braava Jet M6 mopping robot supports both dry and wet cleaning modes. The user only needs to install a dry sweep or wet drag cleaning pad on the robot, and the robot will automatically select the corresponding cleaning mode.

In the dry sweep cleaning mode, the dry sweep pad uses static electricity to absorb dirt, dust, and pet hair. Wet-drag pads are wick fibers that help break down greasy stains, grime and kitchen grease in wet drag mode.

At the same time, in wet drag mode, the precision water spraying function will automatically open, working with wet drag cleaning pad. At present, the sweeping and dragging robot on the market is the use of downward “water seepage” to mop, and then from the mop to the floor of the solution, and directly to the stains “spray” scheme can be dragged more clean. The precision water spraying function can loosen the dirt and sticky stains, and then with the wet mop cleaning pad, the dirt can be decomposed, which is very suitable for cleaning the kitchen floor with heavy oil stains in Chinese families.

The Braava Jet M6 will tentatively retreat to observe the environment when it encounters an oil slick during the wiping process.

After spraying water, the oil will be cleaned.

Repeated water spray, wipe, let the ground become clean.

It is worth mentioning that the Precise water spraying function of the Braava Jet M6 will automatically spray clean at a safe distance without excessive water seepage or wet walls and carpets.

Free hands is free life

The purpose of using robot cleaners is to free people from heavy housework. If the process is too complicated, it loses its true value.

Hands free is the design concept that iRobot implements in almost all product lines. In the sweeping robot iRobot Roomba I7 +, this goal is achieved through the use of the first automatic dust collection system.

Braava Jet M6 Mopping robot comes with a disposable dry and wet mop cleaning pad with a washable dry and wet mop cleaning pad. With a disposable cleaning pad, the user can completely avoid touching any dirt from beginning to end. When the Braava Jet M6 is done, the user simply lifts the mopping robot over the bin, presses the pad eject button, and the pad drops into the bin.

The Braava Jet M6 mopping robot has Wi-Fi connectivity. Using the iRobot HOME app, users can make appointments for cleaning, customize cleaning tasks, and schedule cleaning in designated areas, so that they can control the work and status of the mopping robot anytime and anywhere.

Users can preset their cleaning preferences in wet drag mode in the iRobot HOME app. There are three options: meticulous cleaning, deep cleaning, and extended cleaning.

Careful cleaning is the default cleaning mode. This mode can be used to clean most of the dirt, and balance the cleaning force of the mopping robot with the covered area.

Deep cleaning is used to solve stubborn stains and can achieve excellent cleaning results in smaller cleaning areas.

When deep cleaning is selected, the Braava Jet M6 is sprayed and wiped repeatedly over a small area. In the face of cracks or spots, water spraying will be carried out every time.

Extended cleaning is suitable for slight smudges. In this mode, the mopping robot can quickly cover more cleaning areas, save time and achieve excellent cleaning effect in any specific area.

Users can also adjust the precise amount of water sprayed in wet drag mode in the iRobot HOME app according to different floor types and cleaning needs.

In addition to these hard powers, “intelligence” is the soft power to free hands. The Braava Jet M6 uses vSLAM technology to accurately map the entire house using optical sensors that capture more than 230,400 data points per second. Users can also edit these maps and name each room. Then, through Imprint’s Braava Jet M6 intelligent planning function, we can distinguish between kitchen and living room.

The Braava Jet M6 will also proactively recommend areas for cleaning, or remind your pet that it’s shedding season and suggest more frequent cleaning. It will learn from your cleaning habits and your home environment, and gradually make more precise recommendations about when and which areas to clean.

The Braava Jet M6 uses machine learning to automatically identify specific items, such as sofas, dining tables, cabinets, and so on, enabling instant, precise cleaning around specified items.

In addition, when the battery is running low, the Braava Jet M6 automatically recharges as needed and returns to where it left off — until all of the set cleaning is complete.

IRobot’s Imprint Internet technology enables its Roomba I, S and 9 series sweepers and Braava Jet M6 mopping robots to interact and collaborate, automatically cleaning together in the same sequence as a person sweeping and then mopping.

It can be said that iRobot has been able to achieve a sweeping robot with a mopping robot completely free the hands of users, for a lot of time to enjoy life. In fact, iRobot has been developing home robots for more than 18 years, since the first Roomba sweeper was introduced in 2002. It has been 18 years since the rapid development of household cleaning robots and 18 years since people’s lives have greatly improved.

Recently, China State Grid Released the white Paper on the Development of The Floor Cleaning Robot Market in 2021 (hereinafter referred to as the White Paper). China has become the world’s largest market for sweeping robots, with their explosive growth in the country, according to the white paper. According to the monitoring data of China Yikang, from 2013 to 2018, the annual compound growth rate of the sales volume of China’s sweeping robot was 58.45%, and the annual compound growth rate of sales was 58.66%. The market entered a period of rapid development, with the growth rate far exceeding that of other home appliance categories.

Compared with traditional home appliances, sweeping robots, as an “emerging species”, develop relatively fast. In just a few decades, they have entered the navigation and construction scheme cleaning stage with global planning technology as the mainstream, which makes the current market sweeping robots have been improved by leaps and bounds in cleaning coverage and efficiency.

In a large number of cleaning robot manufacturers into the big wave, iRobot is like an outlier. IRobot had revenue of $303 million in the first quarter of 2021, and spent $41.92 million on r&d, or 13% on R&D. R&d accounted for far more than other competing companies, the industry generally accounted for only about 5%.

The investment of RESEARCH and development funds means that iRobot has spent a lot of money and energy to polish its products, so it can firmly sit in the first place in the global market share, and is often referred to as the Apple of the cleaning robot industry.

What consumers can perceive is that every detail of iRobot’s products reveals that the company understands “cleaning the room”, and the design is very humanized.

Not only need to use the big house cleaning robot for cleaning duties, release time for everyone to better to enjoy the wonderful life, or make the home is decorated, more tender, and not a lot of time and energy spent on cleaning the ground above this kind of meaningless repetition labor, It is also the time when it is easier to feel that technology is making people’s lives better.