7 things you didn’t know robotic vacuum cleaners could do


Smart vacuum cleaners such as iRobot Roomba i7 + or Roborock S6 MaxV is best known for its ability to clean your home automatically, but did you know that robotic vacuum cleaners can do much more? Yes, the expectation of cleaning your home exists. However, you may be surprised at the technology packed into today’s robots.

Depending on the model, the robotic vacuum cleaner may be packed with other features that give it utility far beyond the cleaning device. Here are seven things you didn’t know about robotic vacuum cleaners.

Robotic vacuum cleaners can detect clean certain areas

Although cleaning the entire room is recommended at least once a week, you may only have a certain place that is dirty. For example, maybe you had rice for dinner one night, and there are a few grains around the kitchen table. iRobot Roomba i7 + is just one of many who can do this.

You don’t want to order your robotic vacuum cleaner to clean the entire space just for the table. The good news is that Roombas and other types of robotic vacuum cleaners can clean – in other words, they focus on a specific area. This feature is most commonly used on models with smart maps.

You can ask the robotic vacuum cleaner to clean a specific piece of furniture in your home, such as a coffee table, hallway, or dining table. When done, it will return to the dock to charge.

Robotic vacuum cleaners can act as a safety in your home

Close-up of LG CordZero ThinQ Robot Vacuum Camera
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Newer models of robotic vacuum cleaners have “eyes” that help identify and avoid objects and obstacles. While many models use lidar to perform the same task, robotic vacuum cleaners with on-board cameras can actually double as a home security.

Sure, a burglar might be looking for a surveillance camera, but who thinks to look for curious glances? Robotic vacuum cleaners such as Roborock S6 MaxV, LG CordZero ThinQ, and Ecovacs Deebot Ozmo T8 AIVI all include this feature.

While it shouldn’t be the most important form of home security, a robotic vacuum cleaner can act as a complementary line of defense and increase security in your home.

Robotic vacuum cleaners are smart enough to detect poop

Trifo Lucy robot vacuum cleaner for hard wood

Everyone has heard horror stories: A pet has an accident at home, and only a robotic vacuum cleaner grabs it and stains it all over the home and on the carpet, usually ending in some kind of catastrophic event. While the stories are fun to read, they are much less enjoyable when it happens to you.

The good news is that robotic vacuum cleaner manufacturers are aware of this problem and have begun designing robotic vacuum cleaners with the ability to identify poop and avoid it. Trifo Lucy is one example of a model that can do this.

360 Smart Life robotic vacuum cleaner is another. Most robotic vacuum cleaners with poop avoidance functions do this by using more detailed navigation sensors that allow them to identify smaller objects and turn around them.

The robotic vacuum cleaner can clean certain rooms

When it’s a dry, dusty day outside, the entrance to your home can freeze in the dirt in an instant. Ask the robotic vacuum cleaner to clean that room instead of breaking the vacuum cleaner.

Most robotic vacuum cleaners have this feature if they use intelligent mapping features. If you’re connected to a smart assistant like Amazon Alexa or Google Home, all you have to do is ask your assistant to tell the vacuum to clean up this space.

Just take the time to map your entire home and then assign specific names to each area. It’s a much easier way to clean than using a robotic vacuum cleaner throughout your home to clean just one space.

The vacuum of your robot can empty itself

iRobot Roomba i3 Plus cleaning unit
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The disadvantage of many robotic vacuum cleaners is the need to empty the dust container after an hour or two of cleaning. Depending on how dirty your home is, your robotic vacuum cleaner may need to be emptied more often. But what if it could empty itself?

Some robotic vacuum cleaners are compatible with base stations, such as iRobot Roomba i7 +. This robotic vacuum cleaner automatically cleans the home until its dust container is full, at which point it returns to the base station and empties itself. If it is still charged and has not yet been fully cleaned, it will resume where it left off.

The base station also needs to be emptied, but it contains 1-2 months of dirt and dust at a time in hypoallergenic bags that help improve home air quality without letting the dust go away.

Your robot’s vacuum can create and identify virtual obstacles

Let’s face it: there are only some places where you don’t want the robotic vacuum cleaner to go. There are often dusty areas under entertainment centers, but they are also full of cables. While the robotic vacuum cleaner is able to navigate over wires, there is a better than zero chance that it can pull one off.

Maybe you’re building a card house in one room of your home and you want to keep a vacuum from there. Sure, this is less likely – but no matter the reason you want the robotic vacuum cleaner to stay away, you can create a virtual barrier for most applications that the vacuum doesn’t bypass.

As long as the robot uses some kind of technology to map rooms, such as light detection and distance sensors, it knows the layout of the rooms – allowing you to place virtual obstacles or fences to keep it away from certain places. Eufy RoboVac L70 can do this. You can do this easily through a similar mobile app on your robotic vacuum cleaner. This is an easy way to prevent it from colliding with your pet’s water bowl, keeping it away from objects it gets stuck in, and more.

The vacuum of your robot can detect the edges and avoid falling

Many people are worried that their robotic vacuum cleaner will crash down the stairs, but you don’t have to worry about that. Most robotic vacuum cleaners have specialized rock sensors at the bottom that continuously send a signal. This sensor measures the time it takes for the signal to recover, and if it takes a certain amount of time, the robotic vacuum cleaner will know it is on a rock or edge.

This means that robotic vacuum cleaners can effectively clean without going to the edge of the step. Because the wheels are close to the center of the device, sensors detect the rock long before it is unbalanced and falls.

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