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Meet Vector the droid you’ve been looking for

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A small autonomous robot called Vector could be the first droid companion worthy of sci-fi classics like Stars Wars and Buck Rogers.It’s unbelievably cute and although I had only a brief play with it – I want one!Vector will be in stores in Australia on October 13th at an MSRP of AUD$449.99.It is available for presale now with a special offer of $50 off for a limited time period (AUD$399.99) at JB Hi-Fi

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Roborock S8 MaxV Ultra Arrives May 1st

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Pack away your stick vacuums because the Roborock S8 MaxV Ultra robot vacuum is now available for pre-order and purchase in-store, in Australia and New Zealand, on May 1st, 2024.

Since its unveiling at CES, we’ve been eagerly awaiting its release date. The S8 MaxV Ultra includes a robotic arm and an extra mop to clean up edges and corners that usually need finishing by a human.

Djuro Sen explains the key features of the Roborock S8 MaxV Ultra on Sky News Australia Weekend Edition

“Our mission at Roborock is to create companions that will make everyday tasks simpler and more enjoyable through technology,” Richard Chang, Founder & CEO of Roborock.

“The S8 MaxV Ultra is the embodiment of that mission, combining smart technology with powerful cleaning to create a device that’s more than a vacuum—it’s a smart home companion that’s adaptable, efficient, and remarkably intuitive to use.” 

Unique to Roborock, the FlexiArm Design™ automatically extends the side brush when corners and low areas under furniture are detected

The features built into the S8 MaxV Ultra are pretty impressive. It really takes a major step towards complete automated floor cleaning.

TECHNOLOGY AND FEATURES

Corner-to-Edge Cleaning: Unique to Roborock, the FlexiArm Design™ automatically extends the side brush when corners and low areas under furniture are detected, allowing S8 MaxV Ultra to sweep up dirt from hard-to-reach spaces with a 100% corner coverage. The added spinning edge mopping system ensures precise cleanliness up to 1.68mm along edges. 

“Hello Rocky” Built-in Voice Assistant: Jumpstart your cleaning tasks and explore more capabilities with a simple “Hello Rocky”, even without a Wi-Fi connection. Control your S8 MaxV Ultra with voice commands ranging from start or stop a clean, clean a specific room, or clean around you for accidental spills, and many more.  

Automatic Pet and Pet Supply Recognition: With a simple button on the App, S8 MaxV Ultra will roam around your home and help you find your pet. When approaching pets, the robot vacuum will immediately stop its main brush, and move aside in advance to prevent frightening your beloved pets. Additionally, it also allows for deep cleaning around pet supplies.  

The Cleaning Mastery Duet: Clean better with S8 MaxV Ultra’s 10,000Pa suction power DuoRoller Riser® Brush and VibraRise® 3.0 Mopping System.  

Smart and Smooth Navigation: Reactive AI 2.0 Obstacle Recognition and Avoidance System identify and avoids obstacles precisely and recognises dirt types to clean adaptively, while the PreciSense® LiDAR Navigation System allow intelligent and precise navigation with mapping capabilities. 

Ultimate Convenience with RockDock® Ultra: Auto emptying, refilling, dock self-cleaning, 60°C hot water mop washing, 60°C heated air drying, intelligent dirt detection, and auto detergent dispenser. 

Effortless App Control and Connectivity: Enjoy the new Roborock SmartPlan™ technology and more customisable App features. Matter protocol support for simpler smart home connectivity. 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

The S8 MaxV Ultra is available at an MSRP of A$2,999.00 via Roborock and selected retailers starting 1st May. Customers will receive a pre-order offer between 17th – 30th April with 1-year extended warranty and a free extra accessories pack, valued at $458.60.  

Image Matrix Tech will be hands-on with the Roborock S8 MaxV Ultra soon. A full review will follow soon after.

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Roborock Q5 Pro Series Robot Vacuum Now Available in Australia and New Zealand

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Roborock has given its entry level/mid-range options a boost with the release of the Q5 Pro Series robot vacuum in Australia and New Zealand.

The Q5 Pro Series receives some of Roborock’s most advanced features, including its DuoRoller Brush system for improved hair-pickup rate, 5,500Pa suction and LiDAR navigation. There are two models, the standalone Q5 Pro, and the Q5 Pro+ which comes with an auto-emptying dock. The Q5 Pro retails for A$699 while the pricing for the Q5 Pro+ will be announced soon.

“Roborock products aims to bring the most powerful cleaning solution to an everyday smart home. By implementing our most powerful technology into our full suite of floor cleaners, customers will experience the simplest and most flexible home maintenance that they always love from a Roborock product,” said Richard Chang, Founder and CEO of Roborock.

Roborock says the DuoRoller Brush system reduces hair tangles and picks up 20% more hair from carpets. Combined that with a suction power of 5,500Pa and you’ll get a pretty good performance when it comes to removing dirt and pet hair on all floor types.

Q5 Pro has LiDAR based navigation and the app has smart suggestions for No-Go zones, fast cleaning, and clean along floor directions improve cleaning efficiency and save time for the user.

The Q5 Pro has simultaneous vacuum and mop capabilities. The Q5 Pro+ gives the user a toal hands-free experience with the RockDock Plus auto-emptying station.

The E-12 rated dust bags store up to 7 weeks of dust.

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No wires, No Beacons, No Worries: Dreame’s New A1 Robot Mower Enters Market

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Dreame made the best robot vacuum cleaner last year and now the company is taking on our backyards. The Dreame Roboticmower A1 is now available for pre-order in Australia, one of the first places in the world, for A$3,499. You’ll pay A$3,999 if you buy after April 21st 2024.

The A1 is completely wire-free and beacon-free. It’s OmniSense 3D Ultra Sensing System uses 3D high-precision LiDAR to find its way around. The A1 has a detection distance of up to 70m and a 360° × 59° omnidirectional wide angle giving the A1 a pin-point visual of the garden.

It’s quite an achievement to pull this navigation off without beacons, wires or GPS. How it really performs will be determined by our testing review video very soon.

The A1 won’t be a menace to your kids and pets. Point cloud data environmental information collection technology and intelligent obstacle-avoidance algorithm means the A1 will avoid obstacles, living or inanimate.

The A1 identifies and avoids more than eleven common lawn obstacles.

The real advantage for a LiDAR system is being able to mow at anytime of the day. Other systems relying on cameras will pull the pin when it starts to get dark. The great thing about robot mowers is the low level of noise they generate. So it’s no problem for the neighbours when they start mowing at midnight. You need LiDAR to do this. It also means the mower won’t be in your way during the day. I’ll definitely be testing this out.

Robot mowers can wander a bit off target when rolling across a bumpy backyard. I was impressed how well the A1 shifted its body into a U-Shape pattern, ensuring an even cutting job.

The height of the cut can be easily adjusted in the app on the run. Something many other can’t do. The blades rotate at 2200 RPM. That helps the A1 mow 1,000 square meters (0.25 acres) a day, saving up to 200 hours of hard yakka every year.

The A1 also has rain detection. If it senses rain it automatically returns to its charging station, then picks picks up where it left off when the rain stops.

At four thousand dollars its almost a thousand more than the ECOVACS GOAT G1. So it makes sense to get it for the pre-order price if you’re keen. With this in mind, I’ll be prioritising my review video to help you make that decision. Note: the A1 does come with a three-year warranty.

This is definitely a hot category right now.

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