With the continuous improvement of people's living standards, the focus of consumption has also been upgraded from meeting basic needs to improving the quality of life. Therefore, meeting the segmentation needs of new consumer groups has become a new opportunity for smart home companies. Among the current popular smart home categories, white goods represented by air conditioners, refrigerators, and washing machines are characterized by long technology iteration cycles, and the core competitiveness of enterprises lies more in channels and marketing. Black home appliances, represented by TV audio, need to have core components and rapid technology iteration capabilities. Enterprises need to continuously invest in new technology research and development so as not to be eliminated. In addition, small household appliances can be divided into "white appliances in small appliances" and "black appliances in small appliances", while autonomous floor cleaning robot are more inclined to the latter , breaking people's inherent impression of such products as "small appliances". , create more miracles.
Once eliminated for not being smart enoughIn fact, in the broad field of home appliances, floor cleaning robot are an extremely special category. In fact, the sweeping robot is not a new species, and the birth of the prototype can even be traced back to the end of the 20th century. However, its high price, unsatisfactory product experience, insufficient "smart" work, and inability to solve "user pain points" hinder the sweeper from entering the mass market. At that time, the sweeping robot was ridiculed by the crowd as "artificial mental retardation", with a poor reputation, and most users were technology enthusiasts .
People who have used home sweeping robots may have experienced that in order to prevent the sweeping robot from "losing itself" in the middle of cleaning, it is necessary to close the doors of other rooms when cleaning a fixed area, but some robots are quite "don't hit the south wall and don't look back". "The spirit, whether it is a door or a table leg, hits it all at once. After repeated collisions to no avail, they may choose to "strike". Unclear identification of obstacles, lost positioning, or halfway strikes are all mistakes that sweeping robots, especially early-stage sweeping robots, often make. Many times it is clearly an artificial intelligence, but it behaves like an "artificial mental retardation". In the face of offices, hotel lobbies, supermarkets and other spaces that are larger and more complex than the home scene, can commercial cleaning robots clean the floor smoothly? Although many companies advertise their products as cleaning robots, they have not actually achieved "hands-free" in the true sense. If we observe carefully, we can see that cleaning robots in some office buildings and shopping malls still need frequent maintenance by cleaning staff after completing cleaning tasks autonomously and returning to the workstation, such as ensuring that the garbage in the sewage tank is cleaned up and filling the fresh water tank. water, add detergent and replace the dust cloth, etc.
In fact, this is not so much a product problem as a business problem. Because of the large investment in development, there is no investment, and because of the large R&D efforts, they avoid the development process and only do OEM. This negative development attitude once restricted the development of the domestic sweeping robot market. In addition , facing the continuous release of demand for cleaning robots in the commercial field, China Mobile launched an artificial intelligence commercial cleaning solution, opening a new era of commercial floor cleaning robots, unmanned and data.
R & D and innovation to tap more core selling pointsIt can be seen that autonomous floor cleaning robot are actually a category that relies heavily on R&D investment. Among the three core capabilities of the autonomous floor cleaning robot , navigation, obstacle avoidance, and cleaning, both navigation and obstacle avoidance rely on the development of chips, sensors, and visual interaction.
Technologies such as AI and 5G are regarded by industry insiders as the key to empowering robots with "humanized" functions. Combining them with sweeping robot technology, they are constantly unlocking application scenarios and user experience, opening up new opportunities in the industry. If AI technology can help sweeping robots understand the world and the problems of human-computer interaction. Then, 5G technology is expanding the activity boundary of sweeping robots and providing products with greater computing power and storage space. With the blessing of these two technologies, the sweeping robot may become the smartest product in the home environment.
The mopping function on the traditional all-in-one sweeping and dragging machine has gradually improved, from "auxiliary" to "core" function. Although the product will automatically clean the rags, consumers report that wet mops produce odors and bacteria grow more frequently. At this time, the demand for sterilization and disinfection is eager to be met , and manufacturers will continue to improve the entire automated process of "mop cleaning" in the next step. At present, "hot air drying" is one of the core selling points of various brand products, and it will become standard in the future.
Functional innovation, service system is also following the innovationSelf-cleaning is already a very big innovation. While using the mopping function, there is no need to dirty your hands to clean the rag. This functional upgrade is very similar to the development from "hand washing clothes" to "semi-automatic washing machine". The washing machine washes clothes instead of hand washing, but it still needs to add water, drain water and add washing powder. Now friends who have washing machines must know that the current washing machines are all automatic drainage, and many of them support automatic addition of laundry detergent. However, if you want to fully enjoy this function, you must at least have a professional come to install it. This actually involves "service" . Automatic water intake and drainage is required. Waterway installation design needs to adapt to different home styles and scenes, and at the same time ensure aesthetics, which requires high requirements for door-to-door installation services.
The human nature of being lazy but wanting to be clean is the root cause of the emergence of cleaning appliances such as sweeping robots. Therefore, for a perfect sweeping robot, the pursuit of cleanliness and intelligence at this stage is only the beginning. I don't want to be a robot sweeper, not a qualified "lazy artifact"When smart technology penetrates into the cleaning industry, the replacement of manpower by robots will not only solve the problem of labor shortage and labor cost, but also make great progress in improving cleaning efficiency and improving the intelligent management capabilities of enterprises. It is expected that in the future, it will continue to break through functional boundaries.