How Roborock meets the needs of the modern consumer
Roborock does a great job of meeting the needs of the modern consumer, adding some really useful features to their robot vacuums. These added features are designed to make cleaning your home easier, without the need for the user to intervene. From LiDAR for navigating your home, to ReactiveAI for avoiding obstacles, to the self-draining dock so you don’t need to remember to empty the trash. These are just a few of the features that Roborock has introduced into its products in recent years, which aim to meet the needs of the modern consumer.
Let’s explore some of these features that Roborock has debuted over the years, starting with its robot and cordless stick vacuums.
Roborock knew he had to use LiDAR for navigation
When Roborock was founded in 2014, most robot vacuums weren’t very efficient at navigating your home. The majority of them just happened randomly and often missed areas of your home. Other companies haven’t used LiDAR for their navigation, largely because it’s more expensive.
Roborock founder Richard Chang was not a big fan of the other options on the market when Roborock was founded. Chang had previously worked at Baidu Maps, so he had a background in navigation and knew LiDAR was the option. Roborock’s goal was therefore to create an efficient navigation system. Roborock didn’t care if that meant making a robotic vacuum cleaner that cost more.
Fast forward seven years, and LiDAR isn’t a default feature on almost all robot vacuums, except for the super-cheap options.
With LiDAR, Roborock robot vacuums can roam your home without missing a single spot. This is because it runs in a Z-shaped pattern. Outline the part first, then run the Z-shaped pattern until it completes the piece. This is a big reason why most of us don’t need to use a secondary vacuum to clean our homes.
ReactiveAI has changed the game
Roborock robot vacuums have always been very good. And Roborock was already very good at serving the needs of the modern consumer, but when they launched ReactiveAI in 2020, it really sped things up.
ReactiveAI consists of artificial intelligence and machine learning that work with the Roborock S6 MaxV stereo camera. He is able to identify all kinds of different objects, like scales, ropes, animal waste and more. It doesn’t seem like a big deal until you actually use it. With the S6 MaxV, you will probably never need to “save” your robot vacuum. It’s a big deal.
Typically, robot vacuums get stuck on cords or shoes (and laces), but the S6 MaxV does not. This means that the user does not really need to intervene with the robot vacuum. This means that you can let the robot vacuum and do its job, without having to get up and “save” it.
Of course, the biggest part here is that the S6 MaxV can avoid pet waste, so it doesn’t drag dog poop all over your house. As we have seen with other robot vacuums on the market.
Auto-Empty Dock means less work for the user
With the new Auto-Empty Dock, this is one less reason for a customer to have to intervene with their robot vacuum. As the Roborock S7 is able to empty its own trash for up to two months. Instead of having to empty it after every clean, or maybe every other clean. So that it continues to work well.
However, the automatic vacuum docking station does more than empty itself. It also empties into an antibacterial bag which can then close automatically. This means that dirt will not get back into the air, which is very important for people with allergies. It also keeps your home cleaner.
All of this is done to make the customer’s job easier. Facilitate the automation of cleaning your home.
Roborock doesn’t just meet customer needs with robot vacuums
While most of us think of robot vacuums when it comes to Roborock, that’s not all the company does. It also manufactures cordless stick vacuum cleaners in the H6 and H7 models. And Roborock has also made some effort in this space to meet the needs of the modern consumer.
One of the biggest things Roborock did was with the drums. When he started working on his cordless stick vacuum, Roborock identified two main issues with existing cordless stick vacuums. It was the battery and the weight. Which are quite correlated to each other. These were also two questions that clients were very excited about. So Roborock set out to resolve these issues.
Obviously, it is quite difficult to create a powerful, light and durable unit in one package. Like most cordless stick vacuums are heavy for the larger battery, or light due to a lighter battery and less powerful motor. There is a trade-off in making a cordless broom vacuum lighter. And that’s not something Roborock wanted to do.
So, with the H series, Roborock decided to innovate from the battery. And became the first in the industry to use a lithium polymer battery system inside a cordless stick vacuum. This is a much lighter battery, which still lasts quite a long time on a single charge. This is the same system that is used in drones. Obviously with a drone you cannot put a heavy battery in as it will affect the battery life of the drone even more.
Roborock actually solved two issues with one component of its cordless stick vacuum. Going with a lithium polymer battery made the device lighter, but didn’t affect the wattage or battery life on the H6 or H7.
Roborock only introduces new features to meet the needs of modern consumers
While some companies release new products with features just because they can, Roborock only releases features that meet the needs of the modern consumer. These features are all designed to make cleaning your home easier, without the need for the user to intervene with the product. It is designed to make your life easier.
From the very beginning with LiDAR, Roborock has worked hard to make cleaning our homes easier. Robot vacuums are about to be fully automated for cleaning your home.
Essentially, Roborock isn’t looking to continue to saturate the already oversaturated robotic vacuum cleaner and cordless vacuum space. Instead, he wants to add value to the space and give consumers some reasons to buy his products over their competition.