With a variety of different smart devices, Xiaomi is clearly trying to tap into markets other than smartphones as well. The company already launched a bunch of different devices previously like Mi UAV, Mi Water, Mi Air, etc, under its sub-brand Mijia. And now after all this, the company launched the Robotic Vacuum Cleaner called Mi Robot Vacuum today in China. It is priced at 1699 Yuan and will be on sale starting from September 6th in China. The device can be controlled with smartphones using the Mi Home app and also shows real time cleaning status along with remaining time for the current operation to end.
The vacuum cleaner comes with 1800Pa of pressure and has a built-in rechargeable battery of 5200mAh capacity that is rated to give 2.5 hours of battery life. It includes Laser Distance Sensor (LDS) that helps in measuring distance and creating a path for planning. Just like any other high-end Vacuum Cleaners, the Xiaomi’s Mi Robot Vacuum can return back to charging dock for charging when the battery is low. Once the device is fully charged, it starts its operation from where it left earlier.
Robot vacuum cleaners are not new to us. Brands like Eureka Forbes have been selling those in India for quite some time now. Eureka Forbes launched their robot vacuum cleaner called the Euroclean RoboCleanz back in 2011. Also, one of the companies which specialise in this category is none other than iRobot. iRobot Corporation is an American advanced technology company founded in 1990 by three MIT graduates who designed war robots. They also happen to sell their Robot Vacuum cleaners called the Roomba.
Roomba is a series of autonomous robotic vacuum cleaners sold by iRobot. This product was initially launched back in 2002 and since then the company has managed to sell over 10 million units of this worldwide. It has a series of different sensors, that allows it to move and change directions upon encountering an obstacle. It can also detect dirty spots on the floor. These disc-shaped models with 13″ diameter and has less than 3.5″ of height. According to company second quarter results for this year, it exceeded the expected results. The company is now expecting 2016 revenue of about $640 to $645 million.
Their latest offering in this segment is the high-end Roomba 980. With that being said, the company is now expecting a total revenue of $155 million to $160 million for the Q3 2016. However, Dyson is one of the leading players in this market. The Dyson 360 Eye launched by the company, is the world’s most advanced robot for this job. But yes, this guy will cost you $1000.
Now let’s talk about India. Here, the robot vacuum cleaner game is not so strong. There are various offerings from different manufacturers like Milagrow, Philips, etc. But most of them are priced upwards of 15,000 and usually consumers here not really willing to spend on a robot to clean the house.