The Xiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum cleaner is one of the most advanced robots used for house cleaning and this status is given by some of its key features such as the LIDAR based navigation system and laser distance measuring unit, technologies that are not found on most of the other existing models on the market.
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I will cite WIKIPEDIA now: “Lidar (also called LIDAR, LiDAR, and LADAR) is a surveying method that measures distance to a target by illuminating that target with a pulsed laser light, and measuring the reflected pulses with a sensor. Differences in laser return times and wavelengths can then be used to make digital 3D-representations of the target. The name lidar, sometimes considered an acronym of Light Detection And Ranging (sometimes Light Imaging, Detection, And Ranging), was originally a portmanteau of light and radar. Lidar is commonly used to make high-resolution maps, with applications in geodesy, geomatics, archaeology, geography, geology, geomorphology, seismology, forestry, atmospheric physics, laser guidance, airborne laser swath mapping (ALSM), and laser altimetry. The technology is also used for control and navigation for some autonomous cars. Lidar sometimes is called laser scanning and 3D scanning, with terrestrial, airborne, and mobile applications.”
As like all other Xiaomi devices, their Mi Vacuum employs minimalist design and only has two buttons on it, the power on and go to home switches, all the settings are done through the Mi Home APP. The vacuum will connect to your local WiFi network and have access to internet where it connects to Xiaomi cloud and can download new firmware updates and also will provide remote connectivity so you can control it remotely from any corner of the world. The best thing is that recently Xiaomi pushed an English pack update and now the app and the robot voice are no longer in Chinese only.
Further on I will continue with the video review in which I will show you all the apps functionalities and settings, how the vacuum operates and how to set it up the first time.