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Are you looking for a robot vacuum cleaner but aren’t sure which kind to get? It can become pretty overwhelming when you take all the factors that come with purchasing a robot into account.
You have to think about the suction power, the type of filter, if it does both sweeping and mopping or just one of the two, and more. One of the biggest factors in deciding which kind of robot vacuum you should get is the type of navigation, as robot vacuums have laser-based navigation, camera mapping navigation, gyroscope navigation, and more.
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A gyroscope is “a device containing a rapidly spinning wheel or circulating beam of light that is used to detect the deviation of an object from its desired orientation” . Gyroscopes can sense a change in the orientation of a device and are often used to steer an object automatically . They are often found in compasses and other automatic pilot systems on ships and aircraft as well as in various objects that might need a steering mechanism: torpedoes, space launch vehicles, ballistic missiles, and orbiting satellites.
To understand how robot vacuums equipped with a gyroscope navigation system work, you’ll need to understand the inertial navigation system (INS), which is a self-contained navigation technique that uses accelerometers and gyroscopes to track the position and orientation of an object in relation to its known initial starting pose . In objects equipped with an INS, accelerometers are used as motion sensors, and gyroscopes are used as rotation sensors. As a result, inertial sensors can estimate both the position and orientation of the object .
A robot vacuum cleaner equipped with gyroscope navigation is able to indicate orientation and thus navigate its way around your home without having to be controlled remotely. It is able to detect obstacles and objects, such as walls, doors, and pieces of furniture, so as to avoid bumping into them while cleaning .
If you aren’t sure gyroscopic navigation is the way to go when buying a robot vacuum for your home, there are different kinds of robot vacuum cleaners equipped with various kinds of navigation technologies. Some of them are the following and can be considered good alternatives to a robot vacuum cleaner with gyroscope navigation:
Robot vacuums with laser-based navigation use light detection and ranging (LiDAR) to help navigate around your home. They are able to operate in total darkness and map a room precisely, which makes them one of the more expensive kinds of robot vacuums in terms of navigation .
Some robot vacuums are equipped with cameras that allow the robots to take snapshots of their surroundings in order to create a map of the house. Because they need light to function, they are not able to navigate in the dark, as compared to robots with laser-based navigation. Their mapping is also not as accurate.
Robots with bounce navigation have a simple behavioral pattern. They keep on going straight until they hit something. They will then stop, turn an angle away from the object they have hit, and move on straight again. The downside of this is that the robot does not follow a certain path while cleaning, nor does it create a map of your whole house .
|Name||Roborock E4||Eufy RoboVac G30||iRobot Roomba i3+|
|Rank||Rank 8 of 61||Rank 32 of 61||Rank 33 of 61|
|Price||250 $||230 $||490 $|
|Max runtime||200 min||110 min||75 min|
|Charge time||300 min||120 min|
|Battery capacity||5200 mAh||2600 mAh||1800 mAh|
|Cleaning area||2152.6 ft2||1829.71 ft2|
|Sound level||69 dB||56 dB||68 dB|
|Suction power||2000 Pa||2000 Pa|
|Maximum climbing height||0.79 in||0.59 in||0.79 in|
|Water tank capacity||0.18 l|
|Dustbin capacity||0.64 l||0.6 l||0.4 l|
|Type of filter||EPA 11|
|Automatic dirt disposal|
|Automatically docks and recharges|
|Recharge and resume function|
|Alexa voice control|
|Google Home voice control|
|Stair sensor and object sensor|
|Number of side brushes||1||1||1|
|Real Time Tracking|
|Digital Blocked Area|
|Multi Floor Maps|
|Selected Room Cleaning|
|Height||3.78 in||2.85 in||3.62 in|
|Width||13.78 in||12.8 in||13.31 in|
|Depth||13.78 in||12.8 in||13.31 in|
|Weight||6.53 lbs||5.29 lbs||10.36 lbs|
Has a mapping ability
Automatically increases suction on carpets or rugs
Side brushes are made of silicone instead of bristles
Can efficiently maneuver around obstacles
Large dust bin
Strong suction power of up to 2000 Pa
Utilizes smart navigation
Offers various suction options
App is easy to use and set up
Low noise level as quiet as 56 dB
Self-emptying dust bin
Strong suction power
Dirt Detect technology
Utilizes floor tracking sensor for navigation
Dual rubberized main brush
Supports an app and voice integration
Doesn’t support no-go zones and selective room cleaning features
Mopping pad is sold separately
Short battery life
Doesn’t support virtual barriers or strips
It may encounter difficulties finding its docking station on a low battery
Map is not customizable
A bit loud
Virtual wall barrier is sold separately
Frequently gets stuck
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