Unveiled at TechCrunch Shenzhen 2018, the Venii N1 is a unique cleaning robot that can wash its own mop and can even dodge items it can't scrub away. Created by Chengdu-based startup Veniibot, this hybrid sweeping and mopping robot is the first release for this fledgling corporation which features former ZTE, Baidu, Motorola, Foxconn, and Ecovacs employees.
Like similar robotic cleaners, the Venii N1 utilizes the usual LIDAR and SLAM systems for indoor navigation. However, this robot manages to stand out from the pack by including a pair of front-facing cameras for recognizing objects. These front-facing cameras are then paired with machine learning so the Venii N1 can spot objects it shouldn't roll over. The downward camera can also detect the differences between carpet and hard floors, at which point it will retract the mop and sweep with a velvet roller brush.
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