Trifo Ironpie M6 vacuum robot with surveillance camera

Trifo is a blank page in the increasingly competitive household robot market. Their first model, Ironpie M6, has everything you would expect from a high-quality household robot. But the opinions are divided on the built-in camera.

Trifo Ironpie M6 vacuum robot

Technical data: Comparison to Mi Robot 1S

Trifo Ironpie M6

Trifo Ironpie M6

Mi Robot 1S

Xiaomi Mi Robot 1S Vacuum robot

Suction power 1800 pa 2000 pa
Navigation Camera Navigation Laser Room Surveying
App Trifo Home (Android, iOS) Xiaomi Home
Noise level 65 dB 50-65 dB (depending on suction level)
Battery 2500 mAh 5200 mAh
Dust chamber/water tank 0.6 l/no wiping function 0.42 l/ no wiping function
Working time 100 Min. 150 Min.
Weight 4,62 kg 3,8 kg
Dimensions 33 x 33 x 7.6 cm 34.5 x 34.5 x 9.6 cm
Gradients n.a. 15°, up to 2 cm
Features
  • card storage
  • mapping
  • Voice control via Amazon Alexa
  • carpet detection
  • Room division (single and multi-room cleaning)
  • Storage of multiple cards
  • mapping
  • Voice control via Xiaomi AI Speaker
  • carpet detection

See there: The differences to the Mi Robot 1S are not gigantic, but exist. The biggest factor in the direct comparison of both models is the type of navigation. What is the difference between camera navigation and laser space measurement? What is better?

Household helper with security camera?

The manufacturer Trifo, which is quite unknown around here, not only wants to offer us a household helper for the four walls, but also to give us a feeling of security when we are on the move. Trifo describes the M6 as follows: “What sets the Ironpie M6 apart from the competition is the ability to make the home safer with the camera and smart app control. The built-in camera is therefore not only intended for visual navigation, but also for monitoring the four walls.

Trifo Ironpie M6 vacuum robot application
A round, vacuuming and filming domestic help?

Also the activity of the domestic animals can be reconstructed in such a way. The “Trifo Home” app (Android, iOS) can be used to take a live look into the home at any time via smartphone or tablet. In addition, the suction robot can also be controlled via remote control in the app while on the move. This fact can now be seen as positive – or exactly the opposite.

Trifo Ironpie M6 vacuum robot App-control
The Ironpie M6 can be navigated from anywhere at any time.

From a data protection point of view, this sounds extremely questionable, but Trifo chants in advertising that the data is only stored locally and securely. You may well doubt that. Although practical, the language control via Amazon’s Alexa is equally questionable from a data protection point of view. This can be used to order the robot to return to the charging station or to start cleaning. Unfortunately only the usual vacuum robot Alexa command package.

Camera navigation: No longer up to date?

The Ironpie M6 works with a TIRVS vision system (Trifo Intelligent Robotics Vision System) and has a SLAM algorithm (Simultaneous Localization And Mapping) included in the software package. This enables the user to create a visual map and display it in the app despite camera navigation.

Trifo Ironpie M6 vacuum robot App Amazon Alexa control system
Alexa control and mapping are rather standard nowadays.

The disadvantage of camera navigation compared to laser room surveying (e.g. Roborock models) is that the vacuum robot does not scan the rooms in front of it, but orients itself to the ceiling of the apartment. The robot does this because it assumes that the ceiling has the same floor plan as the floor area.

The ceiling is then converted into floor plan and route, and the vacuum robot uses the ceiling to calculate the floor. If the roof is sloped, confusion can occur in the orientation of the vacuum robot.

Trifo Ironpie M6 Vacuum Robot Performance
The camera on the top cannot be overlooked.

Camera robots cannot normally work in the dark. Tests will have to show whether this also applies to the M6. In addition, the robot works from the factory in Z-Shaped mode and travels the premises in straight tracks. It does this until it encounters an obstacle, then turns around and travels the next straight path. According to the product application, he should also be able to learn new things so that he can independently optimize his routes when changes occur in his home.

Trifo Ironpie M6 vacuum robot mapping
Trifo provides the specification of how a working method should look like – and how not (right).

Personally I find the setting of patrol routes in the app very exciting. So you can tell the Ironpie which route to “patrol” and see what’s going on underway.

Trifo Ironpie M6: On a level with Roborock?

The brushless DC motor (BLDC for short) inside the vacuum robot has a suction power of 1800 pa. He can boast of being at least within the range of the Xiaomi and Roborock models. On a par with the Mi Robot of the first generation, but not with the new Mi Robot 1S. In addition there is an ARMv8-A quad-core chip, but it is not specified exactly which one.

Trifo Ironpie M6 vacuum robot suction power
The suction power of 1800 pa is the current industry standard.

A nice feature is the carpet detection, which allows the robot to detect carpets underneath itself and increase the suction power. The card memory is also included, but (currently) only one card can be stored. This can be called up via app in the “Cleaning History”. With a little luck, Trifo’s update policy is so good that it can still be improved via a firmware update. Thus the distance to the Roborock S6 or Mi Robot 1S is given.

Trifo Ironpie M6 vacuum robot charging station
Firmware updates can be downloaded from the charging station.

Otherwise, of course, the usual vacuum robot features are included: Autonomous retrieval of the charging station when the battery level drops (after a working time of 100 minutes), scheduling of working times, 0.6 l dust chamber. The dimensions of the robot should also be emphasized: with dimensions of 33 x 33 x 7.6 cm, the vacuum robot is quite flat (comparison Roborock S6: 9.9 cm height) and fits under most pieces of furniture.

The operating volume of 65 dB is a value that is neither too loud nor particularly quiet and can be represented. Especially this robot with built-in surveillance camera should work while the homeowner is on the move.

Assessment of the Trifo Ironpie M6

With the Ironpie M6, Trifo has a model on the market that is worth paying attention to – provided you want a robot with a camera in its four walls. In addition, there is no information about the quality of this camera, in which resolution it transmits. In comparison with the current top models, the Ironpie M6 lags a bit behind on the software side, but has been on the market a little longer than the Mi Robot 1S or Roborock S6.

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In general, I find the idea of a moving surveillance camera very interesting, but any critical thought about it is also appropriate.

Or what do you think? Is the M6 worth a detailed test?

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I'm interested in Gadgets, that make our life at home easier - especially when it comes to cleaning the floor or the windows. I was able to test about fifty robot vacuum cleaners since now.

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