This article is sponsored by Roborock.
How does a vacuum cleaner come to be recognized as one of TIME Magazine’s “Best Inventions of 2021”? When it’s more than just a suction device.
Roborock has been an innovator in home robots and appliances since the company launched its first vacuum — then the best-selling robotic cleaner in the US — in 2016. Since then, Roborock has introduced a number of smart-cleaning features, including precision mapping, advanced obstacle avoidance and surface detection. By the time Roborock launched the S7 in 2021 with ultrasonic mopping and intelligent mop-lifting features, the company had long been hailed for its products’ capabilities and design. In fact, Richard Chang founded the company in 2014 with a mission to improve people’s lives through intelligent design. Now, with its latest models, Roborock is pushing the envelope even further for a truly seamless home-cleaning tech solution.
For example, the latest Roborock vacuums and mops interact intelligently with their docks. Most automatic vacuums’ docks are designed purely for charging, but Roborock’s know when to empty up to almost two months’ worth of dust and debris directly into the dock, eliminating the need to manually empty the vacuum’s dustbin. And models with mops can also refill water and cleaning fluid directly from the charger’s tank, meaning less time spent fiddling with maintenance tasks.
The S7 MaxV Ultra makes things even more convenient by automatically cleaning its mop when docked. Roborock’s vacuums scrub the floor 3,000 times a minute — which means it picks up a lot of dust. Most would consider that a “pro” for a vacuum — and it is! — but when mops get too dirty all they do is spread dirt around. And so after every 20 minutes of cleaning the S7 MaxV Ultra returns to its dock for a cleaning of its own.
But what good is an automatic vacuum if it only works under ideal conditions? With LIDAR mapping and AI-powered obstacle avoidance that can respond to objects as small as a coffee cup, Roborock vacuums are designed to adapt to all sorts of changing conditions. Let’s face it, we’ve all heard the horror stories: a so-called “smart” vacuum fails to detect a glob of mud — or worse, pet waste — sitting in the middle of the floor, runs it over and proceeds to spread it around the room. Not only do Roborock’s vacuums automatically respond to surfaces (its VibraRise feature is the industry’s first to adapt to carpets and hardwood within a single cleaning), their Reactive AI 2.0 feature uses a camera armed with neural processing to avoid even the most unforeseen objects that get in their way. And if your pet tends to potty in a particular spot, you can set up a no-go zone and avoid it all together.
The point is, houses aren’t static environments — and smart devices shouldn’t treat them as such. They’re full of accidents and shoes on the floor, and even the most minor variation can mean a less-than-capable robotic vacuum can fail at its task… or worse. Smart-cleaning devices are taking over the home — by 2025, a third of households will have them. Thanks to their advanced feature sets powered by artificial intelligence, Roborock’s suite of appliances free you up to do whatever you want — besides vacuuming.
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