A robot vacuum is designed to clean your house, not pollute it. That’s why tales of robot vacuum cleaners running over feces and spreading it across the floor cause so much schadenfreude — while it’s funny to hear about, it’s not so funny when it happens to you.
Problems with robot vacuums
Robots do not have a biological sensor, which means that if it encounters a smelly substance such as milk or fish oil it will spread the smell all over your house.
The second disadvantage of robot vacuums is that they cannot clean up every type of dirt. Robot vacuums cannot clean grout as well as other types of dirt, as these can be stuck in crevices and not picked-up by vacuum.
Plowing through solid dog waste is the worst-case scenario for robot vacuums.
How can a robot vacuum avoid dog poop
Some modern robot vacuums use a single sensor, giving them something of a “2D” perspective. While the devices are aware of potential obstacles in their path, they do not obtain enough information to determine its size.
A triple light detection and ranging technique is used by some robot vacuums to more accurately identify tiny objects in front of it.
The built-in artificial intelligence (A.I.) enables it to decide in real time whether to proceed or avoid an object. These sensors can pick up objects as tiny as 0.04 inches in diameter.
Some robot vacuums include a camera that can identify and avoid pet droppings. Rather than spreading it all over the floor, the gadget will elegantly avoid the feces and even take a picture and send it to your phone if you’re out, according to the manufacturer.