Robotic floor cleaners can be relied on as entertainment for the entire family, including the pets. The reactions to them by cats and dogs have spawned countless YouTube videos. Although animals know that the vacuum cleaner is not biological, it will chase, growl at, or run away from it so long as it's operating. Likewise with mops and brooms, a bored dog or cat will often chase or play with the strands and bristles, and with robotic versions, they'll either hitch a ride on them or try to engage them in play. It's all fun to watch, and so makes it easy to forgive the little robot for being distracted.
There are a few vacuum cleaners that won't put up with such shenanigans. An animal is likely to be more cautious around the all-seeing, militaristic Dyson 360 Eye, and with the Jisiwei S+, Wi-Fi-enabled remote control ensures that the human is able to outmaneuver the pet so that the robovacuum/mopper can do its job. On the other hand, the EX500 from Yujin Robot looks like it's a pushover for any pet worth its kibble. Yujin is a Korean company that specializes in service bots as well as heavy industry robots. The EX500 is a sweeper/vacuum with a 15-sensor monitor and a camera recognition vision system for mapping and navigation.
One of its boast is its slimness which, at 3.5 inches, is significantly higher than the Ecovacs Deebot DA60 Slim, a robovac/sweeper/mopper that's only 2.2 inches tall. The EX500's other features include a li-ion battery that provides a 2-hour run time, an upgraded infrared remote control, anti-bacterial HEPA filtration, and sensors for camera, IR, PSD, Gyro, Encoder, and Bumper. It consumes 12 watts of power and runs on 100 to 240 volts. The unit takes 110 minutes to charge, and its noise level is at 58 db, so it should be only mildly annoying to animals. Hopefully its obstacle avoidance is good enough to keep it out of a pet's hair.
I saw it recommended by the blog Gadget Nation, so when I started comparing machines I started there. We have a room a at work and the Yujin is much quieter.
Has a very hard time climbing the 5/8" Laminate Transition strip between our Laminate and Linoleum floors. It makes repeated tries to climb the strip in different places.
But the greatest part is I can turn it on, set it to what mode I want and watch it do its job without getting out of my chair!
Cleaning under the furniture like your beds, tables and sofa is made easier because of the algorithm technology, this robot can reach places where hands cannot reach.
. . . Does a good job navigating around furniture and covers rooms well. It seemingly does have a little trouble navigating between a number of interconnected rooms.