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CES 2019 kicked off in Las Vegas on January, 6 and ended up at January, 12. And here where ECOVACS presented its newest robot vacuum cleaner that uses AI - DEEBOT Ozmo 960.
DEEBOT navigation is close to perfect, it recognizes big obstacles and has no issues with avoiding bumping and falling, though many users would love not to clean the crap off of your floors before starting the robot to clean.
The DEEBOT Ozmo 960 has the same features the Ozmo 930 does plus some additional options.
It can mop and sweep, has a laser inside the tower to scan the surroundings so the robot can build a map of the cleaning area. What's new it is a camera mounted in the nose of the vacuum, which identifies objects in front. Now the DEEBOT not only uses LIDAR to create a plan of the room but has a camera to recognizes small things laying on the floor such as socks, cables and so on.
How artificial intelligence works? Thanks to the camera, the DEEBOT Ozmo 960 recognizes things it "sees" in front making the vacuum to avoid them. What we've seen at CES: the DEEBOT Ozmo 960 recognized a shoe and cable laying in front.
Okay, this is kind of cool. The new Deebot robot vacuum from Ecovacs uses AI-enhanced object recognition to detect things that are in the way (and to avoid sucking up your socks). No price yet, but it’ll arrive in the second half of 2019. #CES2019 pic.twitter.com/9MiJzZ1e90— Ry Crist (@rycrist) January 11, 2019
Once the product has launched (second half of 2019), the Ecovacs team will continue to train the robot, both improving its current image-recognition and allowing it to spot different items.
For the record, the cleaner will never store or process any of that image recognition data for security reasons. The data won't be uploaded to the ECOVACS servers or third parties.
The design is the same, two sweepers that catch dust and transfer it to the dustbin; main brush agitates dirt that gets sucked up into the dirt container by a powerful motor.
The robot cleaner is compatible with Alexa-enabled devices, and Google Assistant which let you start and stop cleans using your voice.
In the ECOVACS app, you will be able to draw no-go areas on maps, customize cleaning zones and prioritize where to clean first.
Many robot vacuum cleaners already have sensors that detect and avoid large objects, such as table legs and chairs; the ECOVACS went further and made the robot that was able to identify objects and avoid them carefully.
We believe ECOVACS will improve the technology by the time the robot is released and the robot will work as good as it was shown at CES 2019. Confirmed date and price have not yet been announced.