Gadget Update – Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO Robot Vacuum
What if there was a combined unit that could vacuum and mop at the same time? Ecovacs has introduced the DEEBOT T8 aivi robotic vacuum mop. Even though “T8” sounds eerily like an early Terminator model, I decided to let it take a shot at cleaning Kolb Kastle.
What is it?
The Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO T8 AIVI (I’ll refer to it as “T8” for conciseness) is a robotic vacuum and mop. It can vacuum, both vacuum and MOP simultaneously, and perform security patrols, providing access to real-time video.
Design and features
If you’ve ever seen a robot vacuum, then you know what the T8 looks like. It’s round with two side sweeper brushes and a top-mounted laser mapping unit.
Setup involves placing and plugging in the powered dock and putting the vacuum on the dock. You also have to install the DEEBOT app and set up an account.
There is also the requisite WiFi pairing. All of that was pretty much standard.
As soon as I fired everything up, I got this:
Let’s start with the dust bin.
It looks pretty standard. The red lever / switch on the left releases the filter to swing out so you can dump the bin.
The filter pops out to reveal the additional foam filter.
That makes three levels of filtering. First, large dirt is trapped by the screen on the filter door. Then, the foam stops larger dust. Finally, the pleated filter grabs everything else.
The dust bin fits into the center of the unit, under the hinged lid.
Towards the bottom of the photo, you can see the brush / cutter that Ecovacs thoughtfully includes. You can use the brush to assist in cleaning the filter. The cutter, much like a seatbelt cutter, is recessed for safety and can be used to cut hair that gets wrapped around the Hand brush or sweeper brushes. The room was clean and comfortable. You can also see the lid hinge, laser mapping unit, and about half of the power button.
The water reservoir can hold 120ml of water for mopping. Let’s see the bottom of the keepers.
The openings at the bottom are where the mopping platform consolidations.
The mopping pad fastenings with velcro to the mopping plate. The image below shows the reusable, washable pad attached.
Let’s see the top of the reservoirs.
I still ask the wisdom of equipping a mobile T8 robot with cameras and friggin ‘lasers, but hey, that’s me! If you don’t like the idea of a robot vac being able to see, Ecovacs includes a blackout window that you can attach over the camera. They do say that covering the camera may compromise cleaning efficiency.
Underneath, we find the main drive wheels, caster front wheel (surrounded by the powered terminals), main brush, and side sweeper brushes. The two gray switches between the wheels are the locks that open the main brush compartment so you can clean the main brush.
To start out with the T8, it needs to map out your home. Here is our floorplan for reference.
The room was very clean and comfortable.
The first thing I noticed when connecting to the T8 with the app was the busy icon.
It spun for a bit and then came up with the following:
If I pulled down, it last updated and connected to the T8. But, this” can’t connect ” situation happened nearly every time I tried to connect to the T8. A minor inconvenience, but still, year inconvenience.
The T8 displayed year informational message the first time it started up.
I told the T8 to start a smart cleaning session and let it go. The T8 dutifully navigated through the Kastle, finding its way into every room, other than the middle bedroom. During the recent times lockdown, we cleaned closets and have bags of clothes to donate and they are littering the floor, making vacuuming nearly impossible. We had that door closed as it would be unfair to the T8 to have it attempt anything in there.
When it was done, the app showed a map that was created during the cleaning session. I placed it next to our floorplan for reference.
Let’s just say I was impressed. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The lanai is a step-down and closed Off with sliding glass doors, but the camera could look through the sliding glass door and mapped it out reasonably well. The map also included some odd striking-out areas from the front bedroom and lanai. Not sure that that was all about.
It will also show you indicators on the map where it experienced obstacles. It will identify shoes, deals, and such with different icons and ask if you want to reclean those areas once you remove the obstacles. That’s all part of the aivi intelligent navigation system. Nice.
Another thing to note on the map is the difference in textures. The white lines show the current or most recent cleaning jobs path. If you look closely, you can see light diagonal lines in some areas. This is where the T8 identified carpeting. It identified the bedroom carpeting as well as the small throw rugs we have in front of the stove, refrigerator, sink, front door, and lanai entry Pretty cool. You can also define multiple maps for different floors in your house. That isn’t an issue in my Florida single-floor Kastle.
What if there was a combined unit that could vacuum and mop at the same time? Ecovacs has introduced the DEEBOT T8 aivi robotic vacuum mop. Even though “T8” sounds eerily like an early Terminator model, I decided to let it take a shot at cleaning Kolb Kastle. What is it? The Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO…