Have you seen robot vacuum cleaners making their way through people’s houses? These robotic vacuums scour the floor, collecting dust and filth before returning to their nesting docks to recharge. What sorcery is that, and how in the world do they manage to pull these “stunts” off? No, it’s not witchcraft or anything like that; it’s simply science at work.
The first robot vacuum models used rudimentary technology. They moved randomly when cleaning and could clean vast areas. However, efficiency was a real issue since they kept cleaning the same spots repeatedly.
Now, a robotic vacuum cleaner uses state-of-the-art navigation technology powered by algorithms and sensors. Instead of circling around open spaces like madmen, the technology enables the vacuum to cover all surfaces in the most efficient way possible. But before doing all that, the robot needs to “see” and map the home first, store the information, and use it for the next go-around.
What Exactly is Robot Vacuum Mapping?
Without beating around the bush, robot vacuum mapping is a function that allows the robot to produce an accurate map or blueprint of your home. As soon as they do this, the robots will have a more precise “understanding” of their cleaning routes. In more advanced models, this mapping feature enables the robot to differentiate between surfaces and assists it in avoiding previously cleaned sections.
Robot vacuum mapping technology brings many advantages. Efficiency is, of course, the foremost benefit. There are no more random cleaning patterns as the robot now understands where it needs to go and knows which area has already been cleaned.
Robot vacuums equipped with mapping technology have the potential to save battery power. Unlike robotic vacuum models without mapping technology, mapping robots can detect when their batteries are running low during a cleaning cycle. They detect infrared signals from the dock and use them to navigate their way to the base.
Sounds simple enough? Not quite. Not every robot vacuum uses the same method, so let’s get familiar with the most popular mapping technology in robot vacuums.
Different Types of Mapping Technology
Robot vacuum manufacturers put their own spin on mapping technologies, but these are the most common mapping methods: Continue reading “Robot vacuums are indeed marvels of science and engineering, but how do they do what they do?”