Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum - Suction robot from China
The Chinese releases almost weekly Product giant "Xiaomi" new products and has also introduced in late August 2016 a very special gadget. Announced and meanwhile also published was the Xiaomi Mi Vacuum Cleaner, a smart vacuum cleaner of the Xiaomi's household brand "MIJIA" has appeared. The brand "MIJIA" already includes a steadily growing assortment of various household products, such as a rice cooker or a sphygmomanometer. What makes the Xiaomi vacuum robot and how it differs from other China vacuum robots, more on this post!
Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum
Update (24: September 2017)
Successor of the Xiaomi Suction Robot is now available. The so-called "Roborock S50" Although not marketed directly by Xiaomi, it comes from Roborock, the maker of the first Xiaomi robotic squeegee. You can find more information in our Contribution to the Roborock S50.
Vacuum robots from China are inexpensive and are also enjoying increasing popularity in this country. It was made by the Chuwi ILIFE models. The Xiaomi robotic robot plays in a significantly higher price range, but also offers a wide range of functions and is similar to a iRobot from Roomba.
LAD and other sensors
With the introduction of the Xiaomi robotic vacuum cleaner, Xiaomi has also shown that the company not only clumsily copies technologies, but also presents proprietary technologies. On "Laser Distance Sensor" scans the entire Environment around 360 °, a total of 1800 / second. With the data obtained, the Xiaomi robotic vacuum cleaner can move extremely precisely in space. In addition, by the so-called SLAM algorithm (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) calculates the best possible cleaning path and creates a virtual room map. You can retrieve the map via the "Mi Home" app.
Ensure sufficient computing power 3 processors (Allwinner R16, STM31F103 and TMS320F28026DAS) with 4 processor cores. Total are 12 sensors installed. These include, among others, the LDS, but also several Ultrasonic sensors for collision and fall prevention, gyroscope, E-Compass and even one Accelerometer, Thus, the Xiaomi Vacuum Cleaner is not a conventional vacuum robot, but stands out due to the large number of sensors clearly under the China vacuum robots.
Power, brushes and battery
The suction is at 1800Pa. Inexpensive models from other manufacturers usually only reach 1000Pa! With the brushless DC motor of the manufacturer "Nidec" The vacuum robot moves very quietly through the premises. The brushes amount to one main brush and side brush, Uneven surfaces can adapt to the main brush, causing the Xiaomi robotic vacuum also Carpet edges or other obstacles climb can. The power supply is via a base stationto which the device also finds itself alone. The battery has a Capacity of 5200mAh and allows one Operating time of 2 1 / 2 hours.
Mi Home App
The Xiaomi Vacuum Cleaner is operated via a smartphone or tablet via the "Mi Home" app, This app is responsible for numerous Xiami products and thus versatile. The connection is made via WLAN, which allows the device to be remotely controlled while on the move. About the app can be fixed cleaning time schedule, different Cleaning modes (Quiet, Normal and Performance) can be activated and you can even create the SLAM algorithm Raumplan, including the current position of the robot.
Relevant online shops have now also listed various spare parts and an interesting additional part for the vacuum robot. On Gearbest there is, among other things, a two-piece replacement brush set, which costs about a fraction of the spare parts of a Roomba or Vorwerk vacuum robot with about 7 €. In addition, there is also a virtual wall, which allows the suction surface to be precisely limited. The "wall" is, however, a rolled-up magnetic stripe with a length of two meters. Pricing is the "Mi Virtual Wall" at about 12 €.
Xiaomi again presents a phenomenal product with the "MIJIA" vacuum robot, which (at least) does not need to be hidden from the usual brand competition on the data sheet. Well-known companies such as Bosch, Sharp and Nidec were also brought on board for the development of the device, which already suggests that Xiaomi does not want to stay in the Chinese market in the future.
Here is a summary of individual reviews for the Xiaomi vacuum robot. Many praise the excellent suction power. Compared to a Chuwi ILIFE V7S, the Mi vacuum cleaner cleans much more effectively thanks to better environmental tracking and stronger suction power. Often criticized, however, is the predominantly Chinese app and the Chinese language edition.
So far, no translated version of the app has been released, All in all, the Xiaomi MIJIA Vacuum Cleaner is probably the best vacuum robot from China!
Hard-working users of www.roboter-forum.com have also translated the Xiaomi Mi vacuum robot app in German! The installation is very easy and can be followed by laymen. If you have rooted your smartphone, just replace the translated APK in the Data System directory. But even users without a rooted smartphone can install the translated app with the help of a tool. For more information, see this link.