Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum with Laser Distance Sensor announced


Xiaomi has launched Mi Robot Vacuum which is developed by Mi Ecosystem company Rockrobo. It comes with a Laser Distance Sensor (LDS) which is able to scan its surroundings 360 degrees 1800 times per second.

Mi Robot Vacuum uses simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) algorithm to map out how the home is laid out and calculate the best cleaning path. It is equipped with 12 sensors and a host of advanced features. Similar to other Mi Ecosystem products, Mi Robot Vacuum integrates with the Mi Home app. It allows users to switch on and control Mi Robot Vacuum remotely, and also set regular cleaning schedules.

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Mi Robot Vaccum key features:

  • 12 sensors including Laser Distance Sensor (LDS), ultrasonic radar sensor, cliff sensor, gyroscope and accelerometer
  • LDS developed in-house: able to scan its surroundings 360 degrees 1800 times per second (technology is similar to laser guiding systems on self-driving cars)
  • Three dedicated processors for real-time mapping and positioning
  • Use of Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) algorithm to calculate optimised cleaning paths
  • Powerful Nidec brushless DC motor (up to 1800Pa air pressure)
  • Ultra-quiet airflow
  • Main brush with adjustable height: automatically adjusts height to create tight seal with floor for thorough dirt pick-up on uneven surfaces
  • Effective side brushing: maintains 1cm distance from walls for the side brush to effectively clean near walls
  • 5200mAh battery for up to 2.5h cleaning
  • Mi Home app integration to control robot remotely, monitor cleaning progress and path, and set cleaning schedules

Mi Robot Vacuum will be available in China starting 6 September. It will retail for RMB 1699 on Mi.com and at Mi Home stores in China.

Author: Sneha Bokil

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