Talking bot cleans and mops floors
PUT your feet up Australia and welcome the robot that not only vacuums your floors but mops them as well.
Ecovacs Robotics has unveiled the Deebot Ozmo 930, which features wet and dry functionality, super-smart navigation technology and support for Google Home.
The talking bot not only scans your home’s floors and carpets to map for dirt and dust but uses a washable cloth to mop the tiles.
We took it for a spin this week and, so far, its cleaning action has been impressive.
My only complaint is I still have to get all the things off the floor in the teenager’s room before sending Deebot on its way.
Out of the box, it’s easy enough to set up. You just attach the side brushes which clip on and then charge it for a few hours on the docking station.
Ecovacs has an app for IOS and Android phones so you can operate it via the app to do spot cleaning or other special assignments.
We had some trouble connecting the app with our home Wi-Fi so ended up just hitting the auto button on the bot to send it on its way.
At one stage, it sucked in some Christmas tinsel but let me know it had a problem so I just turned it off and removed it – though it was well wrapped around the spinning side brushes.
The main brush is removable so, if you get something stuck in there (like a fishing sinker I didn’t see on my son’s floor), it is easy enough to get out.
You can also swap the spinning brush out for a more direct suction unit which should mean fewer problems along those lines.
When it comes to mopping, there is an electronically controlled 300ml water tank that moistens a washable cloth during the cleaning.
In automatic mode, it probably doesn’t use enough water for really dirty floors but also had the advantage of not leaving them sopping wet.
You can, however, adjust the amount of water being dispersed through the app.
The app also allows you to schedule a clean, set the cleaning mode and monitor how your bot is doing from anywhere in the world.
Ecovacs says its proprietary Smart Navi technology allows its bots to map and plan an efficient cleaning path across an entire home during the set-up process.
The company says whether the floor surface is parquet, laminate or tiled, the Deebot Ozmo 930 recognises different floor coverings and automatically adjusts cleaning modes to suit these.
Carpeted floors, for example, receive a burst of extra suction power to help remove even more dirt and dust.
It also avoids carpets and rugs during the mopping process. Some of the other clever features include anti-drop sensors to clean around stairs without the risk of falling.
The way it moves and cleans around obstacles is impressive.
As it approaches corners and difficult-to-clean areas, it does a series of short moves and changes angle to get in to harder-to-reach places.
Ecovacs says it has been incredibly successful in China with 65 per cent market share.
The Deebot Ozmo 930 will be available in Harvey Norman stores with a RRP of $1299.
EASY SET-UP: Ecovacs Robotics’ Deebot Ozmo 930 vacuums and mops your floors.