Rosie, the house-cleaning robot from The Jetsons may have finally been turned into reality. Xiaomi has announced the Mi Robot Vacuum, the latest in the Mi Ecosystem product line-up and one that can single-handedly keep your house clean.
The futuristic housekeeper uses a home-grown Laser Distance Sensor (LDS) that allows it to scan 360 degrees of its surroundings at a speed of 1800 times per second.
The robot has a built-in Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) algorithm to map out the layout of the house and calculate the best path for cleaning. The same algorithm is being used by autonomous driving technology to power driverless cars.
Apart from this, there are 12 sensors including an ultrasonic radar sensor, cliff sensor, gyroscope and accelerometer. There’s the main hover brush that dynamically self-adjusts allowing the robot to clean uneven spaces. It is powered by a Nidec brushless motor for high-performance cleaning.
The brain of the robot is a combination of three dedicated processors and a total of four CPU cores to enable real-time mapping and positioning.
The robot is integrated with the Mi Home app, allowing you to control the robot remotely and set scheduled cleaning. The app will show the path the robot takes in real-time and provide an estimate for how long it will take to clean the home completely.
The robot is powered by a 5200mAh battery that yields up to 2.5 hours of cleaning on a single charge. A feature called Smart Return will bring the Mi Robot Vacuum back to its charging dock when its low on battery and then let it go back to the last cleaning location once its fully charge.
The robot will go on sale in China from September 6 for a price of RMB 1699 (approximately Rs 17,000). There’s no news about when it will be available in India though.