As the pace of modern life is accelerating, people often lack time for chores and housework. Robot vacuum cleaners have become a popular purchase in modern homes and offices. These smart robots can clean floors and carpets on their own, saving valuable time and energy for the users. The technology for these products is continuing to advance and their capabilities are increasing. Many of these robot vacuums can efficiently vacuum, sweep, and navigate around the area and clean floors and carpets. Using sensors and algorithms, they can avoid obstacles and adjust cleaning modes according to different conditions, providing a better result for the users.

Common Functions

Autonomous navigation: Robot vacuum cleaners are equipped with advanced navigation systems such as LIDAR, visual sensors, or positioning and map construction technology. These tools can accurately perceive the geographical location of everything in the indoor environment, drawing maps for navigation purposes.

Path planning and cleaning: Based on maps and the information the sensors provide, robot vacuum cleaners can plan cleaning paths to ensure the entire area is cleaned. Some robot cleaners have functions to adjust cleaning intensity and time based on the type of material the floor is made out of and the level of dirtiness.

Obstacle detection: Robot vacuum cleaners are equipped with various sensors like collision, ultrasonic, infrared sensors, and more, which detect obstacles and avoid them to prevent damage.

Virtual wall and restrictions: With virtual walls and restriction settings, users can tell the robot not to enter or pass through specific areas.

Smart control and remote operation: Many robot vacuum cleaners come with smartphone apps, so users can remotely control the product’s cleaning schedules and modes with their smartphones.

Cleaning system: Robot vacuum cleaners have vacuums, sweeping systems, and mopping functions.

Automatic charging: When the robot vacuum cleaner is finished cleaning or the battery falls below a certain threshold, it can automatically return to its charging base to charge itself.

Battery life: Some robot vacuum cleaners have smart battery life functionalities that look at the battery power and progress during cleaning and it will first go to its charging base to charge, then return to its last position to continue cleaning.

Scheduled cleaning: Users can schedule cleaning times for the robot vacuum cleaner and just let the vacuum cleaner do its job.

Allion’s In-depth Testing Services

As these products are getting more popular, product testing is the most critical step during development to ensure product quality. Allion, an experienced testing and verification consulting laboratory, can help clients evaluate product performance with various testing methods. We can help clients improve their product’s quality and their user experiences. Below are some of Allion’s tests for robot vacuum cleaners.

  • Rooms and Customized Environments For Product Testing

Does your robot vacuum cleaner go on cleaning paths that are different from the ones you planned for? Or does it always get stuck on obstacles? During the development and testing process, simulation rooms and customized environments are used to provide the products with a more realistic environment to conduct verification and testing. These tests below cover various functions and features, simulating different user scenarios to ensure normal operation.

  • Path Test
  • Obstacle Detection Test
  • Cleaning Test
  • Fall Prevention Test
  • Battery Test
  • Wireless Signal Interference Test

Modern homes are now equipped with many wireless devices like smart TVs, computers, and Bluetooth speakers. Although they are separate products, they can affect the robot vacuum cleaner’s connection and cause issues.

Allion uses the following settings to simulate network congestion for 2.4GHz to test the connection quality under interference.

  • Low network congestion (30%)
  • Moderate network congestion (50%)
  • High network congestion (70%)
  • Compatibility Test

Many robot vacuum cleaners have mobile apps, allowing users to use their phones to remotely control the device’s cleaning schedules and modes. However, different phone brands and OS systems often affect the compatibility with the products, making them unusable.

Allion owns mobile phones and tablets from many major brands. Based on different user scenarios, we will test the compatibility of robot vacuum cleaners with various brands and models of phones and tablets. This ensures the app can work on different devices and provide the same functions and experience.

  • App Test

Smartphone apps are a must-have for robot vacuum cleaners, but complex space layouts and diverse functions often lead to errors in the app that result in customer complaints. With our decades of testing experience, Allion can help clients identify potential risks and design flaws early in the product development phase by testing in different user scenarios and environments. This can ensure the app and the product can function properly under different circumstances, reducing the number of customer complaints.

Allion’s Customized Testing Solutions

Allion is a professional laboratory with more than three decades of experience in software, hardware, and other expertise. We can effectively help clients identify potential risks in their products and provide a full range of customizable services related to compatibility, functionality, and user experience.

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