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

Nancy J. Delong

I seriously like the range of Roborock robot vacuums. Effective cleansing, sound, and rugged, with an application that is uncomplicated to link to and configure. I was seeking ahead to the most up-to-date design in the Roborock range.

The Roborock S6 MaxV robot vacuum is now offered, and I experienced an early prospect to test this robot vacuum ahead of its formal start day.

Even though it at first appears to be similar to the S5 Max robot vacuum I reviewed in March 2020, the S6 MaxV also has a twin digicam in the entrance bumper, which will identify objects in its path utilizing impediment avoidance know-how called Reactive AI.

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

Pet poop and electrical cable recognition in a area


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The digicam estimates the area and measurement and will reroute its path about the item. The photographs are captured at 30fps utilizing a Qualcomm AP 8053 processor to seize objects down to 5cm huge x 3cm large. It will even stay clear of a cup of espresso put on the floor.

The S6 MaxV will identify and discover 5 different types of objects and will show the degree of certainty on the application map. It recognizes scales, electricity strips, footwear, pedestals, and pet squander. If you have ever browse the put up about what occurs when a Roomba encounters pet poop, then you will realize what a boon digicam recognition could be for your dwelling if you have pets.

The S6 MaxV will also identify not known objects and will clean up about them, much too, marking them on the map. 

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If you are worried about security problems — like digicam photographs of your messy place heading to the cloud — there is a privacy sticker on the digicam. This reads: “To secure your privacy photographs captured by Reactive AI cameras are processed onboard and right away deleted.” No data is duplicated, saved, or despatched to the cloud.

I suppose you could leave the sticker on the digicam deal with if you had been so concerned, but that would negate the item recognition options of the S6 MaxV. The vacuum has a impressive suction of 2500Pa — nonetheless at 67dB it appears to be significantly quieter than other, much less impressive robot vacuums, and its 460ml potential dustbin signifies much less repeated emptying.

It is seriously uncomplicated to link the S6 MaxV application. Scan the QR code on the device to link the unit. Response the “Do you have pets?” issue and hold out right up until the robot has paired. This issue appears to be strange, but it ensures that the robot will add the pet poop recognition aspect to the digicam.

If you have experienced the robot for a number of months, and then get a pet, you can improve the environment in the application to be certain that the S6 MaxV will search out for pet poop in upcoming cycles.

It finds this item, much too. Roborock kindly supplied a extremely practical plastic pet poop sample for the S6 MaxV to stay clear of.

On the application, simply click “enter” and configure the settings this kind of as mopping drinking water stages and suction electricity as well as environment schedules for every zone or individual area of the complete space. After the robot has mapped out your place it recognizes rooms, coloring them individually for you to established individual cleansing program occasions.

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 area utilizing the LIDAR radar on the leading of the robot. The in depth map of the space allows you to established areas where the robot is not to go.

You can established independent no-mop areas — in rooms with carpets — or configure areas where the robot is not to vacuum. You can also established different schedules for every zone or area mapped.

The area recognition aspect can break up every level into different rooms. Objects that it averted are revealed on the map along with a level of self-assurance in proportion for every product recognized, which is outstanding.

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 place to clean up — and the vacuum has not received adequate battery remaining to complete the place — it will return to its charging dock, and recharge by itself right up until it has adequate battery to return to the place and complete the clean up.

Its five,200mAh battery will deal with about 250 square meters — a lot more than adequate for a fairly-sized established of rooms.

The S6 MaxV’s mopping aspect is extremely similar to the S5 Max. The mop supplies spring tension to the floor to give an even mop throughout the cleansing cycle.

The mop will clean up up to two hundred square meters of really hard flooring prior to returning to be recharged.

If your floor is filthy, you could want to clean up it manually 1st. This is a day by day mopping and vacuuming robot — not a deep cleansing floor washing robot

I particularly like the multi-level mapping aspect. The robot recognizes that it is on a different floor of your dwelling (it will identify up to 4 different stages) and will don’t forget the different no-go, no-mop zones and no-go strains for every floor (up to 10).

The application also shows the mapping route taken by the robot vacuum. You can see the area and development of the S6 MaxV when it is cleansing the area. If you get rid of the robot, the Locate my robot connection invokes a “Hi, I am over right here” voice so you can locate it.

The only situation I experienced when the robot was in use was that it has difficulties acquiring over just one of my thresholds, which is better than all other thresholds in the residence. Most robots I have experimented with are likely to give up with an error.

Nevertheless, sometimes the S6 MaxV moved along the threshold to a reduce section and efficiently crossed into the other area. It appears to be to be a lot more “rugged” than some other vacuums that gave up at this stage.

Regrettably, it did not don’t forget the least complicated section of the threshold to cross and received trapped about just one in 5 occasions. But, I am splitting hairs right here, making an attempt to find a fault in an normally good unit.

All in all, the Roborock S6 MaxV is a excellent large-end robot vacuum with impediment avoidance and an application that is uncomplicated to configure. For $749, it could be the only robot vacuum you will ever want to invest in.

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