Robotic vacuums are known for being a whole lot more convenient than traditional vacuums, but you might not have given much thought into the tech involved in building a high-quality robotic vacuum. Because of the fact that robotic vacuums have to move around the house by themselves, companies have spent millions developing their navigation tech — and many recent models utilize ultra high-tech laser navigation systems.
Roborock is one such company, and it has been praised for its awesome laser navigation robotic vacuums for a few years now, thanks to the huge set of features that those laser systems bring.
There are a number of benefits to these laser navigation systems over older camera-based systems, which help make vacuums with this tech more capable than their camera-based counterparts.
For starters, laser navigation systems are a whole lot more accurate than camera-based systems. Camera-based navigation systems can only base their navigation based on what they can see through the camera — and as such, their spatial awareness is a little limited. Laser navigation systems, however, avoid that. Using the laser technology, these robotic vacuums can scan a room in 360-degrees hundreds of times per minute — so whether objects are in front of the vacuum, or behind it, it’ll know where it is in the room.
Once the vacuum has created a map of its environment, you can take advantage of other awesome features too. For starters, if you spill something or need to clean a particular spot, you can pinpoint exactly where you want the vacuum to clean. You can even set it to clean individual rooms — which is perfect for those families that have messy kids. And, just as you can tell the vacuum to clean certain areas, you can also tell it not to clean certain areas. That could come in handy if you’re worried about the device bumping into something fragile. A good example of a vacuum with these features is the Roborock S6, which has a super high-accuracy laser mapping system built right into it.
Of course, because of the fact that a laser-based robotic vacuum can scan a room so quickly, it can also see where objects are in real-time. Most robotic vacuums make a map of a home so that they know where to go when they’re cleaning, but if you move items around it can often confuse the navigation system. That’s not true of laser-based robotic vacuums, which will automatically generate a new map of a home and will be able to react accordingly. It’s simply far more precise.
Precision isn’t just about convenience. Because it’s more precise, it won’t have to clean for as long, and that will save energy. Considering it doesn’t have to clean as long, you can set it to quickly clean the house when you’re running errands.
Another major advantage to laser navigation systems is the fact that they can work in all lighting settings. Visual-based robotic vacuums don’t work as well in low-light, which somewhat defeats the purpose of a robotic vacuum. Why? Well, one of the best things about robotic vacuums is that they can work without you needing to be present. What that means is that you’ll likely have them set to work at night, or at least when you’re out of the house, during which the lights might not be on. Laser-based systems can work regardless of lighting — so whether it’s night, or the lights are off, the vacuum can still do its job whenever you want it to. For example, the Roborock S4 is able to use its laser navigation system to clean at night while you’re asleep — meaning you could wake up to a clean home.
The laser-navigation system works in concert with other high-tech sensors to deliver a superior experience. For example, many modern robotic vacuums have sensors to detect cliffs so that they won’t fall down the stairs, as well as bumper sensors along the top to ensure that the device doesn’t get wedged under something it can’t get out of. Not only that, but using the laser systems and mapping technology, the vacuums can remember where they’ve cleaned and when, ensuring that if it does run out of battery, it’ll be able to pick up where it left off.
Safe to say, when it comes to high-tech robotic vacuum navigation, laser-based systems are the way to go. Roborock vacuums incorporate these high-tech systems, along with plenty of other sensors to ensure an efficient experience.
Interested in getting one of these ultra high-tech laser-guided robotic vacuums for yourself? Roborock sells a range of them, and they’re available straight from the Roborock Amazon store. Head there now if you’re interested in a vacuum that will make cleaning your home a whole lot easier.
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