Roborock is founded in July 2014 by Richard Chang. With a vision to further the application of artificial intelligence in household robotics, Richard sets out with a goal to build the smartest robot vacuum the world has seen.
Within two months of founding, Roborock raises a Series A funding, with Xiaomi investing approximately 20 million RMB ($3 Million).
Roborock raises a Series B funding, receiving a capital injection of approximately RMB 1.6 billion RMB ($250 million) from Gaorong Capital, GIC, among others.
Roborock launches its first product in September with Xiaomi, one of China’s largest smart home appliance companies. Called the Mi Home Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for its substantiated footprint on the Xiaomi platform, it became the nation’s best-selling robotic cleaner, selling more than 2 million units by 2018.
Roborock launches their second product in September, the Roborock S5, crowdfunding over 10 million RMB ($1.5 million) within 4 hours of launch.
Roborock officially begins its expansion overseas, recording the best performing year since its founding, selling more than double the units compared to the previous year.
Roborock launches the S6 in May. Bringing together enhanced algorithms and precision mapping capabilities, the robot can recognize the most optimal cleaning strategies based on the shape of each room, where users can also customize.
Roborock launches the S5 Max in November, allowing users to mop with precision water control and set mopping on a personalized schedule.
Roborock recorded a 190 million RMB ($30 million) investment in technological innovation throughout the year, substantiating its foundation for a wider range of products.
Roborock launches the company’s first handheld vacuum in January, the H6. It is the world’s first cordless stick vacuum to use an ultra-powerful LiPO battery. In return, the device weighs only 3lbs and has a 90-minute run time.
Roborock is officially listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange STAR Market (688169) in February.
Roborock launches the S6 MaxV in April. Equipped with advanced dual-camera obstacle avoidance powered by proprietary ReactiveAI algorithms, it marked a new level of Roborock cleaning intelligence.
In June, Roborock S6 is named by the European Hardware Association as one of the best smart home products in the world.
Roborock launches the S7 in January, the first robot vacuum in the world to combine ultrasonic mopping with intelligent mop lifting. Users can now vacuum and mop in a single clean without manual intervention.
Roborock launches the Auto-Empty Dock in July, enabling users to empty once every eight weeks.
In November, Roborock S7 is recognized by TIME as one of the Best Inventions of 2021. Hailed as a “Vacuum with brains”, the S7 is praised for its intelligent cleaning capability.
Roborock launches the S7 MaxV Ultra in January, an industry-first robot vacuum system featuring a multipurpose dock that empties, washes and refills itself; winning 17 best of CES media features at its launch during CES 2022. The company’s first wet-dry vacuum, the Dyad, was also launched.