IFA 2017: Miele brings new technology to robovac

New cleaning system for all floor types.

The Miele Scout RX2 robotic vacuum boasts improved suction performance on all types of flooring thanks to a newly developed four-stage cleaning system, referred to by Miele as ‘Quattro Cleaning Power’.

In the first stage, patents pending rotating brushes sweep dirt underneath the unit. The side brushes are fitted to articulated arms to reach into corners. These arms are retracted as soon as an obstacle is encountered. Next, a beater bar brushes above all coarse debris into the wide suction aperture at the front before a strong stream of air sucks in any remaining fine dust through a second and narrower opening. The fourth stage comprises a brushless motor characterised by high suction power, top-class energy efficiency and excellent durability.

Miele has also improved navigation with further developments on 3D Smart Navigation. The core element consists of two front cameras which produce images in stereo allowing space and objects to be seen in 3D. This facilitates the recognition of obstacles and an improved calculation of distances as well as more precisely recording and correcting deviations from its course. Seven infra-red sensors at the front of the unit protect against collisions with furniture and other objects. Three further infra-red sensors below the unit detect for example staircase steps. A gyro sensor measures rotations in collaboration with other sensors for navigation even in darkness.

The Scout RX2 is web-enabled and can be controlled using an app for iOS and Android operating systems. Using the app, the machine can be started from anywhere, its current status called up and its timer programmed. In map mode, for instance, cleaning progress can be tracked. It is even possible to manually control the vacuum using the app, for instance to guide it to particularly heavily trafficked areas.

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