Secrets to keep your house clean: Is your Robotic vacuum cleaner really robotic?

Allion Labs / Nash Tung

In the smart home, it’s easy to create a comfortable living environment without extra manpower. Among them, robot vacuums are one of the representative products. However, the price ranges of robot vacuums are vary on the market; prices usually from USD 100 to 1000, how can consumers find the best choice in price and function become a hard decision. The answer is simple: the original design of the product is important.

We list a good robot vacuum should contain below functionalities:

  • Deep Cleaning
  • Smart Mapping & Navigation
  • Cleaning for blind spot
  • Prevention for damage the furniture
  • Good wireless connection
  • Smart Charging system

The most Questions for robot vacuum

Allion has conducted experimental tests on robot vacuum to help manufacturer quickly find product problems. In addition to reducing customer complaint rates, it also enhances product quality.

The more recovery rate for dust,the more cleaning

We set 2 tests in a 13 square meters place to evaluate the performance for cleaning.

For the result, the recovery rate at 500g is 94% but the floor still has about 30g of dust, so the user can still feel the dust when walking.

For the result, there is almost no difference on different granule when robot vacuum cleaning. However, when the falling objects are distributed around the corner, the recovery rate is 16%, which has significant differences compared to aisle. These test results can be used as a reference to avoid uncleanness.

Compatibility issues for Product, APP & Mobile Phone

Allion uses the well-known three major brands of mobile phones on the market, and we perform testing of APP connection. As the result, Samsung S8 has the lowest score on connection testing. We speculate that the APP does not timely reconnect the wireless module when the wireless module of the mobile phone wakes up from the power saving mode, which turns out a fail on re-connection.

In the above test, we had first removed the robot vacuum in the APP and tried to reconnect it; surprisingly, the result turned out fail on all mobile phones. We speculate that the stored data in the APP has already memorized the model, so the solution is to re-remove the APP and re-install before the device can be re-added. Such repeated operations will decrease user’s intention for using device or they may even return the device.

In the final test, we simulate a scenario: users turn on flight mode when they go to bed at night and want to command robot vacuum to clean while they are not at home. However, users often see “device cannot connect” from the APP. We conclude that the APP will occasionally dis-connect when it tries to connect in Android or iOS system. Moreover, we also find out the device always requires users to reconnect in the iOS system. Such these connection issues should be avoided when the device is in the early stage of development; otherwise, there will be a lot of complaints from the consumers.

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