Roborock S6 MaxV robot vacuum hands-on: AI camera eliminates pet poop disasters Review

I truly like the vary of Roborock robot vacuums. Economical cleaning, solid, and rugged, with an app that is straightforward to link to and configure. I was seeking forward to the most up-to-date product in the Roborock vary.

The Roborock S6 MaxV robot vacuum is now out there, and I had an early prospect to take a look at this robot vacuum in advance of its official launch day.

While it to begin with appears to be like equivalent to the S5 Max robot vacuum I reviewed in March 2020, the S6 MaxV also has a twin digital camera in the entrance bumper, which will acknowledge objects in its path utilizing obstacle avoidance engineering termed Reactive AI.

Hands on with the Roborock S6 MaxV robot vacuum. Intelligent camera for no more pet poop disasters zdnet

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The digital camera estimates the place and size and will reroute its path all around the object. The images are captured at 30fps utilizing a Qualcomm AP 8053 processor to seize objects down to 5cm extensive x 3cm higher. It will even keep away from a cup of coffee placed on the flooring.

The S6 MaxV will acknowledge and detect 5 diverse groups of objects and will point out the diploma of certainty on the app map. It recognizes scales, ability strips, footwear, pedestals, and pet squander. If you have at any time examine the submit about what occurs when a Roomba encounters pet poop, then you will comprehend what a boon digital camera recognition could be for your home if you have pets.

The S6 MaxV will also acknowledge not known objects and will thoroughly clean all around them, much too, marking them on the map. 

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If you are concerned about stability challenges — like digital camera images of your messy area going to the cloud — there is a privacy sticker on the digital camera. This reads: “To safeguard your privacy images captured by Reactive AI cameras are processed onboard and promptly deleted.” No data is duplicated, stored, or sent to the cloud.

I suppose you could go away the sticker on the digital camera include if you have been so apprehensive, but that would negate the object recognition functions of the S6 MaxV. The vacuum has a potent suction of 2500Pa — nonetheless at 67dB it appears a great deal quieter than other, fewer potent robot vacuums, and its 460ml capacity dustbin signifies fewer recurrent emptying.

It is truly straightforward to link the S6 MaxV app. Scan the QR code on the unit to link the device. Response the “Do you have pets?” question and hold out until eventually the robot has paired. This question appears bizarre, but it assures that the robot will add the pet poop recognition characteristic to the digital camera.

If you have had the robot for a number of months, and then get a pet, you can transform the environment in the app to ensure that the S6 MaxV will glimpse out for pet poop in foreseeable future cycles.

It finds this object, much too. Roborock kindly provided a quite realistic plastic pet poop sample for the S6 MaxV to keep away from.

On the app, click on “enter” and configure the options this kind of as mopping water levels and suction ability as nicely as environment schedules for just about every zone or specific place of the complete region. When the robot has mapped out your area it recognizes rooms, coloring them separately for you to set specific cleaning schedule moments.

Hands on with the Roborock S6 MaxV robot vacuum. Intelligent camera for no more pet poop disasters zdnet

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It scans the place utilizing the LIDAR radar on the major of the robot. The in depth map of the region enables you to set areas the place the robot is not to go.

You can set individual no-mop areas — in rooms with carpets — or configure areas the place the robot is not to vacuum. You can also set diverse schedules for just about every zone or place mapped.

The place recognition characteristic can split just about every amount into diverse rooms. Objects that it prevented are demonstrated on the map along with a amount of self confidence in percentage for just about every item identified, which is amazing.

Hands on with the Roborock S6 MaxV robot vacuum. Intelligent camera for no more pet poop disasters zdnet

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If you have a large area to thoroughly clean — and the vacuum has not acquired ample battery remaining to end the area — it will return to its charging dock, and recharge itself until eventually it has adequate battery to return to the area and end the thoroughly clean.

Its 5,200mAh battery will include all around 250 square meters — a lot more than ample for a fairly-sized set of rooms.

The S6 MaxV’s mopping characteristic is quite equivalent to the S5 Max. The mop supplies spring stress to the flooring to give an even mop all through the cleaning cycle.

The mop will thoroughly clean up to two hundred square meters of hard flooring right before returning to be recharged.

If your flooring is filthy, you may want to thoroughly clean it manually initial. This is a daily mopping and vacuuming robot — not a deep cleaning flooring washing robot

I specifically like the multi-amount mapping characteristic. The robot recognizes that it is on a diverse flooring of your home (it will acknowledge up to 4 diverse levels) and will try to remember the diverse no-go, no-mop zones and no-go lines for just about every flooring (up to 10).

The app also exhibits the mapping route taken by the robot vacuum. You can see the place and progress of the S6 MaxV when it is cleaning the place. If you reduce the robot, the Find my robot connection invokes a “Hello, I am in excess of here” voice so you can track down it.

The only situation I had when the robot was in use was that it has complications obtaining in excess of one of my thresholds, which is increased than all other thresholds in the house. Most robots I have experimented with have a tendency to give up with an mistake.

Nonetheless, sometimes the S6 MaxV moved along the threshold to a lessen aspect and correctly crossed into the other place. It appears to be a lot more “rugged” than some other vacuums that gave up at this point.

Sad to say, it did not try to remember the most straightforward aspect of the threshold to cross and acquired trapped about one in 5 moments. But, I am splitting hairs here, trying to come across a fault in an if not terrific device.

All in all, the Roborock S6 MaxV is a fantastic higher-close robot vacuum with obstacle avoidance and an app that is straightforward to configure. For $749, it could be the only robot vacuum you will at any time want to buy.

Maria J. Danford

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