Apple’s new Sleep tracking app is pretty much useless

I’ve been waiting for native sleep tracking feature in iOS and on Apple Watch with excitement. Usually Apple makes things simple and still functional. Well, they kinda cocked it up to a point sleep tracking is just useless for me.

The weirdest part of it all is that despite all these sensors available, it’s really dumb system. First you have to define your bed time, wake up time and with that, total sleep time. If you can have a fixed sleep time anyways. I don’t and I realized how broken the app is when I had to wake up at 6:30 using my own alarm even though I had wake up time for Sleep tracking set at 8:00. I was literally at work already, fully awake and watch goes like “oh hey, it’s 8:00, time to wake up!” with a gentle alarm. After checking the sleep data, the app thought I was in bed and awake almost up to 8:00… Lets just say I was awake for hour and a half already and not even in bed, I was standing up and moving around…

What I don’t understand here is the fact I had some cheap Chinese sport band for 20€ that tracked my sleep fully automatically and was actually incredibly accurate at it. Without any bed time and wake up time, it detected when I went to bed and when I woke up, detected when I had restless night, detected when I woke up during night to take a leak or whatever and even detected sleeping when I took a nap in middle of the day. And same was actually on Apple Watch when I was using 3rd party sleep tracking app. No configuration and it tracked my sleeping perfectly using just sensors in Apple Watch. But Apple’s own app, you have to predefine things that also force stupid alarm on you and ends up being totally off when it comes to actually tracking things. And yes, I have enabled for Apple Watch to track my sleep, not just iPhone.

It’s just so useless I just turned it off and won’t bother with it until Apple makes it better. I just want it to fully automatically track my sleeping, no matter when I go to sleep or when I wake up. Other watches and apps could do it, why the hell can’t Apple’s own?!

Google, screw your new “Sign into Youtube” popup

It’s been a long while since I ditched everything Google. No Google Search, no GMail, no Google Maps, no Google Chrome, hell, even ditched Android phones. Nothing. Only thing that I sort of still use is Youtube because it’s holding total monopoly and there simply isn’t any worthwhile alternative. And so I’ve been using it without being signed in. Because fuck you Google, why would I.

But recently, something like yesterday or 2 days ago, I started seeing “Sign in to Youtube” popup appearing when trying to watch whatever. And while you can dismiss the damn thing, it’s annoying. Google kept on bitching for various things trying to make you sign in and this one just adds to the pile of many. And it’s annoying. I DON’T WANT TO SIGN IN, because you’re annoying and you suck at privacy, but I’m forced to stick around because most creators are on Youtube. But I sure as fuck don’t want to sign in.

Coronavirus and dumb people

I’ve been wanting to write about it for a while, but was just to lazy. But now I’m so fed up with dumb people who are so careless and inconsiderate it’s borderline disgusting. So, here are some basic explanations how viruses work and why we wear masks. And how we should wear them because people apparently think we need to protect our chins for some reason…

How viruses spread

Viruses cannot exist on their own. They absolutely require a host which they use to multiply. And that’s sole role of a virus. To multiply. Viruses can survive certain period of time outside of hosts, but they will eventually degrade and fall apart when in contact with oxygen for extended periods of time because oxygen is an oxidizing agent and will eventually kill the virus if it can’t multiply further to prevent its decay. But it can take from hours to days depending on surface they are on. Viruses (and bacteria) can exit our body via bodily fluids. Since they spread through entire body, they also enter bodily fluids and they are secreted through many of our body orifices. Most commonly nose and mouth. And that’s not only when we cough or sneeze, but also during things like simply breathing or speaking. Virus in tiny droplets of saliva can exit our body and gets transferred into another host via exposed mucosa (nose, mouth, eyes). Which brings me to the next point…

You’re not a pussy for wearing a mask

Seeing a lot of mostly “tough” American soldiers posting selfies without a mask in crowded places with “I’m no pussy” tag under the selfie. You’re not a pussy, you’re just a selfish inconsiderate dumbass. The reason we’re wearing masks is to prevent spreading of virus from OUR body. You’re not wearing a mask to protect YOURSELF. You’re wearing a mask to protect OTHERS. Sure there is a tiny protection of your respiratory tract (mouth, nose,  lungs) when you have your body entry point covered by a mask, but unless you’re also wearing a fully enclosed protective goggles too, you’re not really protected as virus can still enter your body via exposed mucosa in eyes if someone coughs at your face without them having a mask on. However, if I’m wearing a mask, talking, sneezing, coughing, laughing, none of this expels saliva droplets with virus because they get stopped by the mask. And if a person I’m interacting with also wears a mask, they are also stopping virus from being expelled from their body. Meaning, if all interacting parties wear a mask, virus basically cannot spread as the range of being expelled from the body decreases so far it cannot reach another person this way. You’re wearing mask to protect others and other wear masks to protect you. Only way to achieve best safety for everyone is for everyone to wear a mask. It’s literally that simple.

Stop whining about how uncomfortable the masks are…

I work with people and that means I have to wear mask up to 12 hours a day because work requires it. Every single day. And while they are a mild discomfort, it’s really not end of the world and if I survived for all these months wearing masks for such long periods every single day, you too can wear a god damn mask when you come to where I work and have to wear the mask for those few minutes. Whining about it and pulling the mask down just shows you’re a god damn weakling that I’m surprised you managed to somehow survive to this point. Only reason masks get really uncomfortable is when they get saturated with water from the moisture from exhaled breath, actually decreasing surface area through which air can pass easily and making it uncomfortable to breathe through because it takes a bit more effort to get the air through than with new, clean and dry mask. Which is why you’re suppose to replace masks roughly every 2 hours. If you’re visiting a shop or a bank for few minutes, you’re not being affected by mask.

And if you’re one of those people who wanders into a store without a mask and then gets into a raging fight with others after they tell you to wear a mask, where you get into faces of others while yelling and spitting, you are the fucking infectious problem. Not only you don’t wear a mask, you literally do the worst possible thing by being angry motherfucker getting into faces of others and yelling, literally making sure you’re spreading possible infection the best you could. So, if you’re one of those, fuck you,  you miserable selfish piece of shit.

How to properly wear a mask?

Properly wearing a mask includes covering of both, nose and mouth while mask has to extend below the chin area, because they are both body orifices that expel the air furthest and that air includes bodily fluids. Just because you don’t see them, it doesn’t mean they aren’t there. They are. So, wear the damn mask covering both, nose and mouth. Just wearing it over your mouth is not enough. Also make sure you pinch the part of the mask that’s contacting your nose. The metal part in it exists for this purpose, so it closes the gap around your nose. And for god sake, stop constantly pulling the mask down to “breathe”, stop touching your god damn nose and for fucks sake, DON’T pull your mask down when you need to cough or sneeze. The mask literally exists for those cases primarily. It’s why you’re wearing it! Pulling it off at those moments literally negates mask’s sole purpose.

Masks that are not appropriate

I’ve seen a lot of people wear various masks and I just want to point out which masks are entirely pointless and shouldn’t be worn because they serve no purpose at all.

  • Masks with exhale ports (a one way valve in front of a mask). These are used by painters and carpenters where masks exists to protect you from inhaling foreign harmful particles in huge quantities and make exhaling easier because you’re exhaling the air past filtration stage. With current situation with coronavirus, thanks to the exhale port, you’re literally exhaling all the saliva particles past filter into the air through the exhale port. And since ports are usually facing forward, you’re literally channeling the potentially infected saliva droplets into faces of others. Avoid wearing these entirely.
  • Thin cloth like bandanas. The fabric density is so low most of the particles simply pass through. The range of saliva droplets is slightly impacted, but for the most part it’ll only catch actually visible droplets of saliva. The rest will pass through anyway.
  • Napkins or cloth held on your face with your hand. Not only it makes you a one handed cripple, you’re also not sealing your mouth as good as a dedicated mask that is shaped to better adapt to contours of the face and you’re literally breathing saliva particles into your hand. Then you’ll probably exchange hands to hold it and spread the virus further with your hand. Just don’t.

Other bullshit myths about masks

There is a lot of dumb conspiracy theories and fearmongering videos and I’m gonna point out their nonsense and how they totally aren’t true.

  • Masks decrease your blood oxygen. Which is total bullshit. Normal blood oxygen saturation is between 95-100% and can fluctuate due to air temperature, moisture and obstructions like masks. But will never fall below that level because of masks alone. Anything below that is considered dangerous and you should seek medical attention when that happens because it may cause dizziness and losing of consciousness. Oxygen (O2) and Carbon dioxide (CO2) molecules are so small they can easily pass through ANY mask, even the densest P100 masks which are highest rated protective masks in existence and can filter 99,97% of oil or non oil particulates down to 2.5 microns in size. To put that into perspective, oxygen molecule consists of two oxygen atoms, making it around 0.3nm in kinetic size (0.003 microns). Yeah, there is NO way even P100 mask is stopping oxygen from flowing through the mask and decreasing your blood oxygen level.
  • Masks don’t work and they prove that by using vape and how easily it’s passing through the mask in all directions. As explained above, best masks with P100 filtration grade can filter particulates up to 2.5 microns in size. Vape particles are generally between 50-200nm (0.05-0.2 microns). Way below filtration levels of even P100 masks. Only thing people disproving masks efficiency proved they are idiots who don’t understand how masks work. Entirely.
  • If masks can only stop particles down to size of 2.5 microns and SARS-COV2 virus is somewhere between 60 and 140nm in size (0.06-0.14 microns), what’s the point then? Well, while masks may not stop SARS-COV2 directly, the thing is, virus is never expelled from our body by itself. It’s always as part of bodily fluids expelled from our body and those are way way larger at around 50-100 microns, we’re talking droplets carrying a virus that are 25 to 50 times larger than the minimal filtration capability of the masks. So, yeah, it makes all the sense in wearing a mask because it’ll stop all those droplets that would otherwise leave your body unchallenged when sneezing or coughing.
  • Masks are a way for governments to oppress us. I just love people who keep saying this. But please, explain to me how they are “oppressing” you? You can’t go to store because of a mask? You can’t freely drive a car anymore because of a mask? Hell, they now even say you’re not allowed to enter places like banks without a mask, where it’s generally forbidden to wear face covers. In most places, even if you don’t have a mask and you ask for one, they will provide you one free of charge. So, how? How are governments oppressing you with a requirement to wear a mask? Not being able to go to crowded places is a separate but related matter. It’s not oppression, it’s precaution. Crowded places are a horrible infection vector because while masks dramatically decrease the expelled bodily fluid particles, they by no means prevent that 100%. Some particles still fly out on the side of the mask because it’s not air tight. And if it’s a crowded place and you’re standing next to others even with masks, chances are you can get infected. Sort of basics of fluid dynamics (way how liquids propagate through obstacles and air also behaves like fluid), but I’m not expecting normies to understand it. You just need to believe people who do understand fluid dynamics and say you need to wear a damn mask and still social distance to prevent spread of saliva particles. It’s science, not oppressive regimes. Unless you consider science to be oppressive, in which case, welcome to year 1450. And put down that shiny fancy new 1500€ smartphone. Coz it’s clearly witchcraft.

Final words

There. I don’t expect my rant to reach a wide audience since I’m a small time blogger with tiny following, but if you happen to read this and you see yourself doing all the mistakes or you see yourself being that selfish prick who doesn’t care about others, I hope you’ll change your way of thinking after you learn about it.

I used to be one of those people who said whole coronavirus thing was totally over exaggerated and it’ll blow over as a slightly stronger annual influenza. Just to realize it’s not going to, because people are dumb, selfish and inconsiderate and can’t follow the most basic protection means to decrease the spread. Instead we have a global pandemic that shows no signs of regression thanks to before mentioned dumb selfish people.

AnyKeyboard Multimedia Controls released!

I’ve been busy making this little new app that allows you to use multimedia keys on regular keyboards without said multimedia buttons. Basically it emulates the multimedia buttons with hotkeys that are just combinations of buttons/keys found on any keyboard. If you love listening to music, these controls are a must and I can’t imagine using Windows PC without them. Yeah, PC as whole because they also control Windows volume and toggle MUTE. Super useful stuff. And because a lot of keyboards don’t have them, this app steps in and fills that void. I made it for myself so I won’t have to make compromises when picking new keyboard which might not have multimedia buttons and then thought, why not just polish the app, make it all fancy with few extra cool features and release it to you guys. And so, here we are.

Check out its dedicated micro page with more details, screenshot and download links.

I hope you’ll like it 🙂

AnyKeyboard Multimedia Controls micro page:

https://rejzor.wordpress.com/anykeyboard-multimedia-controls/

avast! Antivirus Free receives Ransomware Shield feature!

Even though a lot of people like to take a piss at avast! for privacy related stuff they’ve done in not that distant past, I still consider it as one of best antivirus options. You just have to uncheck data sharing in Privacy settings (except CommunityIQ which is responsible for cloud protection) and you’re good to go.

New addition with avast! Free version 20.5 is gaining of Ransomware Shield. This feature places a barrier between apps and your sensitive files like documents and photos. If an app that isn’t included on the whitelist tries to modify them, it’ll block the action and notify you about it. However, if app on the whitelist tries to modify those files, the action will be allowed.

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This way some random EXE downloaded from internet won’t be allowed to modify (encrypt) your photos, but Paint.NET will be allowed. And thanks to huge whitelists maintained by avast! team, the experience is super seamless and painless.

For example, Windows Defender had this feature for many years and even with latest Windows 10 2004 update, it’s still noisy and annoying. It blocked bunch of legit software. At least now it has a less annoying way of allowing the programs to exclusion list. Something you’ll rarely have to deal with avast! when it comes to Ransomware Shield.

I think it’s a nice addition and I welcome it in the free version.

Download:

http://www.avast.com

Firefox Tweaker 2.4.2 released for Firefox 78

With preparation for Firefox 78 release landing really soon, I’ve prepared updated version of Firefox Tweaker that uses new “ui.prefersReducedMotion” parameter to turn off the moronic oversized URL bar introduced with Firefox 75.

This means all the old parameters used till this point are now obsolete. I’ve also removed CSS method from Firefox Tweaker 2.4.2 in favor of this reduced motion thing. Unfortunate downside of Mozilla dicking around so much with this thing is that bunch of tweaks need to be left behind inside prefs.js because it complicates things removing them correctly as means of cleanup. I believe performance penalty for leaving them there is immeasurable. As people are reinstalling systems or Firefox browser and new versions of Firefox Tweaker (after version 2.4) won’t be inserting them anymore, it’ll eventually get purged from systems on its own.

You can clean things up yourself deleting/reverting the following entries in about:config:

  • browser.urlbar.update1
  • toolkit.legacyUserProfileCustomizations.stylesheets

Deleting custom user CSS style sheet:

Use “Open Firefox profile folder” function in the Firefox Tweaker and delete the “chrome” folder which contains “userChrome.css” file

Visit Firefox Tweaker micro page for more details and download:

https://rejzor.wordpress.com/firefox-tweaker/

Features I’m most excited about in iOS 14

As you might have heard already (or not), Apple has released some information on their software and some hardware in their annual WWDC 2020 conference. You can watch their whole presentation here:

There are some interesting things they are bringing this Fall, but I’ll focus on iOS stuff because that’s what I’m most interested in. Some of them were not mentioned in the keynote and were revealed by users who tried the BETA version of upcoming iOS 14.

Widgets support

Apple announced widgets support that can be added to any page, almost anywhere. They still aren’t full blown widgets like on Android, but more like dynamic tiles from Windows Mobile that can come in various sizes and can be fit into any page, almost anywhere. Apparently you still can’t stick them in the middle of icons so they still kinda align through entire display width, to the left or to the right side of the display, but hey, we’ll finally be able to have them outside of the first page which was dedicated for widgets only till now.

Page hiding

Up till iOS 14, if you didn’t really need some apps, you had to either dump them into a certain folder or certain page just to get them away from your usual apps. In iOS you can simply hide entire pages if you feel like you don’t need apps located on them.

Apps grouping/categories page

Another new thing is the new page located at the end of all the pages which stores all the apps grouped based on their functionality. So all the games will be bunched into one category, all the entertainment apps in another, all the gadgets like calculator and stuff in third one etc. On top you’ll also have Frequently used apps category and “Just added” category where newly installed apps will appear. This panel also include alphabetical listing of all apps so in a way it’s like a launcher on Android, but not quite.

I still have mixed feelings about it and will have to try it myself to really see if it’s useful to me or not. Because even on Android, I was never a fan of app drawer. Especially the grid list was terrible way of finding things quickly. Alphabetical list was always my favorite if I had to use the app drawer. Sliding finger across letters to quickly jump to where app is instead of looking at icons in a grid. Then again I always preferred Huawei’s EMUI and Xiaomi’s MIUI as a phone launcher and those are super similar to how iOS behaves so I kinda felt at home in iOS when moving away from Android.

Technically, you can just have widgets page and this new page with categories and you can hide away ALL the other pages that have apps on them. I’m actually going to try it this way to see how it works for day to day use.

Picture-in-Picture (PiP)

iOS 14 is also bringing more wide PiP support which is petty seamless. You can flick the app to go from full screen mode and then you can move and resize the video popup however you wish. You can even move it outside of the screen where it’ll turn into an arrow on the side of the display. You’ll still hear the audio so you can listen to music or news without watching video. But you can always instantly pull it into view if something interests you during the video. Pretty neat.

Set default browser and e-mail app

One of longest awaited features that is confirmed for iOS 14, but not included in the keynote. And while Android fans are mocking Apple for not including it years ago, it wasn’t that annoying even though I transitioned to iPhone relatively recently (from Android). It was annoyance, but not as big as everyone is making it to be. It’s certainly a nice convenience addition that I welcome.

It’s for now limited to browsers and e-mail clients only, but it’s where you need it the most anyway. Browsers are still limited to use Safari’s rendering engine. Which I’m generally ok with even though I’d like it if browsers could use their own rendering engines so browser developers don’t have to write entirely different browser compared to Android. Which is often a reason why iOS browsers are neglected badly or just don’t exist because developers feel like it’s not even worth their time for some reason…

Smaller Incoming calls and Siri

Not as ground breaking of a change, but a nice addition, they changed incoming calls and Siri pages so they don’t take up entire display anymore. I kinda understand why Apple preferred it whole display so it really catches your attention, but it’s probably more convenient to deal with when it’s not covering entire display. Especially with incoming calls that you can just flick away at the top to dismiss the call without rejecting it.

Back tapping gestures

Another neat addition with iOS 14 are back tapping gestures. You can assign commands to double or triple tap on the back of the phone. And apparently you can even chain Shortcut commands on those tap gestures so you can make iOS launch almost anything using specified gesture. It’s a small feature, but can be hugely convenient as you always have fingers at the back of the phone whether you hold it with one hand or both so you don’t even have to take your hands away to reach physical buttons or virtual buttons on display. You can request Siri this way, launch browser, fire up flash LED or even launch Camera (you need to use Shortcuts to do it as they don’t offer direct Camera selection for some reason). But hey, you can do it and I think it’s pretty neat.

Things I wasn’t so impressed by…

My biggest annoyance is how Europe is treated like a 3rd world region. Sure, I get it that USA is Apple’s primary market and they focus on that the most, but come on, the new Translate app mostly only focuses on few languages and that’s it. Sure, my expectations of Apple supporting Slovenian language are tiny since my country is also tiny and I can see how we aren’t exactly high on Apple’s priority list, but given how big of a company Apple is, they could do better imo. They should at least be on par with Google. Especially since Google is Apple’s main competitor in this segment.

And same goes for Apple Maps. When I can’t do something with HereWeGo maps (which is rare) I resort to checking Apple Maps since I don’t use anything from Google anymore. But it just seems like all the cool functionality is only dropped in for US users and the rest of us just get very cut down and basic maps functionality and it’s quite disappointing to a point I never even think of going to Apple Maps as my first navigation or maps selection.

They really need to step up the game for European region if they want to excite more users to grab iPhone instead of countless Android offerings.

What are you excited about in iOS 14 that I maybe haven’t mentioned here but is a cool feature or function? Let me know 🙂

Epic Games Store unjustly blocking ProtonMail

Recently I got attention to another case of metric ton of bullshit, yet again by Epic Games. All of a sudden they’ve decided NO ONE can use Epic Games Store using ProtonMail. If you happened to register with it weeks or months ago, you can still ahve it, but if you want to migrate your account from data hoarding GMail to ProtonMail and change your e-mail address in Epic Games Store to ProtonMail address, you simply can’t.

The response to user who wanted to change his old e-mail to ProtonMail on Epic Games Store.

For internal security reasons, we can’t change your email to an email with the domain you requested. Please provide us with another email address.

I understand your concern about changing the email to the same domain, however, our system does not accept that type of domain anymore. I will gladly change it to a different email but it has to be a different type of domain.

For internal security reasons, we can’t change your email to an email with the domain you requested. As player support we are unable to accommodate your request as they do not fulfil our security measures.

Original post by user on Reddit:

Epic, you can just quit your sorry ass bullshit excuses of “security reasons”. Somehow ProtonMail, a service with most rigorous encryption and security that prevents tampering or external access is not secure enough, but GMail which is combed by Google’s scan bots for user data is somehow perfectly secure. Yeah, fucking sure.

This blanket banning of whole e-mail provider domains is ridiculous and needs to stop. Deviant Art pulled same bullshit sometime ago if I remember correctly. And they all pull this shit because they are lazy and incompetent. And they can afford pulling stunts like this because it’s a smaller provider. They can’t pull this shit with gmail.com because whole world would whoop their ass for it. But they know ProtonMail userbase is too small to cause a bit enough outrage. Well, lets make sure we make a big outrage over fuckers screwing up with privacy.

Post about it all over the interwebs and share with other users. Especially if they are ProtonMail users or they plan on using it. Or just if you want people to be able to use any e-mail and not have whole domains of providers banned. Because such behavior is ridiculous and inexcusable.

When you want to BUY music, but music industry is like, NOPE…

I’ve heard a song in some Samsung QLED TV demo that caught my attention with the vocals. Tried figuring it out with SoundHound few times but always failed because of other sound effects included in the demo. But at some point it managed to recognize it. I was thrilled. The song is performed by Antoinette Halliday & Louise Dowd, called “My Symmetry”. Found out on Youtube tons of people came looking for it because of the same Samsung demo. And because I like supporting musicians I really like I didn’t go looking for a free download, I searched for “louise dowd my symmetry buy mp3”. Bunch of Youtube hits and Amazon among them. Ok. Click buy on American Amazon and it was $0.99. Want to confirm it and Amazon starts whining about my credit card not being a valid payment system. Same credit card I use to buy from Amazon all the time.  I thought, ok, must be some dumb regional thing. Then I go to Amazon Germany which usually works and the song was 1.29€. And I thought, fine, it’s more expensive but I’m willing to pay because I really like it. Same fucking thing. Not valid payment method. And I want an MP3 so I can freely listen to it wherever the fuck I want, be it phone, PC or my car. No bullshit subscriptions like iTunes or whatever. But nope, can’t legally obtain it. Music industry can go fuck itself. No wonder I roll my eyes real hard every time I hear music execs whine how piracy is killing their business. Bitch, I wanted to BUY music and you refused to take my money. So, who’s the idiot here? Now I’m most likely just rip it from Youtube or something coz I can’t seem to find it with any other source. Slow clap music industry, slow fucking clap.

EDIT:

Finally managed to find a site that actually allowed me to spend money. Insane how much effort was required. If anyone wants to check it out…

Antoinette Halliday – My Symmetry @ JunoDownload

I bought myself a robot vacuum cleaner for 45€ on AliExpress and I’m super impressed

I was browsing AliExpress the other day for some stuff and I came across a deal that was almost impossible to resist. I didn’t actually need it, but curiosity got me. Was always fascinated over robot cleaners, but was never willing to drop 500€ or more on it just to try it out. Because it was discounted from some 600€ down to just 45€, I said, what the hell, even if I throw it away after 1 year or even less it’s not gonna be a huge loss at this price.

Midea, what is this brand?

It’s from company called “Midea” (model is MR06) and after some searching, I found out Midea actually isn’t some no name Chinese brand you can only find on AliExpress, but a huge Chinese robotics company that acquired famous German robotics manufacturer KUKA not long ago (if you’ve seen orange robotic arms in factory tours, those are all KUKA robots).

The robot

Unboxing experience was quite similar to iRobot, big box, robot is about the same size as all the iRobot units and is actually designed better by not having stupid shiny black plastic chassis. I absolutely hate that on iRobot because it scratches super fast and then looks ugly as hell. Also because almost all iRobot units are black, they are fingerprint and dust magnets. Nothing worse than dirty looking device that’s suppose to keep your place clean… This Midea robot is matte white except the top cover is shiny white plastic. It has two side brushes (you get 2 pairs in the box) that sweep dirt inwards toward the belly brush (single brush, dual brush system is patented by iRobot so no one else can use it but them) and also has turbine that creates actual suction and air passes through a dust bin with washable plastic pre-filter and what looks like HEPA filter (you get 1 extra spare in the box). It’s probably just EPA, but hey, better than micro filter either way. Unit feels super robust and chunky and really well built. Has an IR sensor I think on top just like iRobot and uses M-SLAM collision system (collision switches) to detect walls and obstacles which also has a rubber lip so it doesn’t always slam into furniture with plastic and also has sensors below to detect stairs or other edges to prevent falling down. Access to NiMH battery is easy with 2 screws so I’ll be able to replace it easily when it wears out. It comes with charging station and it has EU and UK adapters (I got both even though you were suppose to pick one during ordering) in the box and you can charge the robot with the station or by directly connecting it to adapter.

Summary of contents:

  • 1x robot
  • 1x docking charging station
  • 2 pairs of side sweeping brushes
  • 2x EPA/HEPA filter (1x inside robot, 1x extra)
  • 1x EU plug adapter
  • 1x UK plug adapter
  • 1x remote control (2x AAA bateries, not included)
  • 1x large cleaning brush (another small one is attached to dust bin)
  • User manual in several European languages and English one is well written

Control

You can fire it up with single button on the robot or by using included remote control with more controls. It’s a bit chunky but does the job. It has very basic scheduling that can’t be set on per day basics, but you set it in delay and it repeats that cycle every day. If it’s 17:00 in the afternoon and you set 1 hour schedule, it’ll fire up at 18:00 and repeat this cycle every day at 18:00 from then on. It’s a bit weird, but when you understand the manual and try it out, it’s fairly simple and kinda makes sense. You set a delay when to start and when it starts, it fires up 24 hour internal timer that then sends it to clean every day at the same time.

Remote has few other controls like 4 different cleaning modes ranging from random motion to parallel motion cleaning, spot cleaning and return to docking station button.

Oh and the robot is talking about things it’s doing in pretty well spoken English. It says cleaning, confirmations of schedules, when cleaning is completed it says “Cleaning completed” etc. Pretty nice.

Cleaning

After setting all up I fired it up and it moved about my room and the motion logic is pretty decent. I’ve seen basic robots several years ago that cost like 4x as much that were just moving all over the place like headless chicken, missed bunch of dirt and then failed to return back to base even though it was 3m away in its visible sight. This one moved pretty nicely along walls once it found them and when it hit thin obstacles or corners it tried to rotate around and not just turning away. While it was cleaning I jammed it with my foot against table and it was making funny noises for few seconds until it said something about obstacles/getting stuck and turned off. Good to know it won’t burst into flames trying to move while being stuck and has a safety feature that just shuts it off entirely. Checked the dust bin after it returned to base and there was quite some dust and dirt particles in it and I’ve cleaned half of the room with a cordless vacuum just before delivery of robot happened.

Cleaning is done by side brushes sweeping dirt towards center of the robot where central brush is picking up dirt and throwing it into the dust bin. It also has a turbine that creates suction effect so it’s not like those crappy robots that just brush the dust into the bin, this one actually vacuums. I don’t know how strong it is, but the effect is there and the air flow on the exhaust part of the robot was fairly strong so it has to be helping the brushes to some degree for sure.

Noise

I was also quite surprised by how quiet it is. You can certainly hear it working, but the loudest part are motion motors for main wheels that have slightly whiny noise, the suction turbine is quite tame and not really annoying at all. It was cleaning while I was listening to music and the suction noise sort of became background noise of the room so I only really heard wheel motors. Also very impressive.

Final thoughts

I’m still shocked I got a proper full featured robot that doesn’t really look that much different than robots that cost 500€ and more. I was skeptical when buying, thinking it’s a scam of some sort, but the more I was inspecting the unit, the more shocked I was what an amazing deal I got here. It looks good, it’s built well, comes with enough spare parts to work for quite a while, battery access is simple and most importantly it seems to clean well too.

This is basically 0 minute impression and not exactly a full fledged review since it only did one cleaning run and I’ll have to use it for longer to see how it really works over time, but so far shockingly impressed. I mean, for freaking 45€ with free shipping! And because it shipped from warehouse from Spain, I had no customs or extra taxes. For 45 €. FOURTY FIVE EUROS! You can hardly get a good cordless handheld vacuum cleaner for this money and here I have a proper robot. Unreal experience this. If you have any questions, let me know and I’ll try to answer them if anyone is interested in this unit and managed to find it at similar insane price.

UPDATE 2020-07-15

Been using this robot for more than 1 month now and I’m even more impressed than in the beginning. And a bit scared for the future. Coz if this one dies one day, which one to buy then?

There is no way I’m gonna buy a robot with single side brush seeing how much wider scope dual brushes have in sweeping dust and dirt into middle of robot where it picks it all up. Dust bins on others, even iRobot look really cheap and clumsy to clean where this MR06 has amazing bin. You can take it out and when open you have easy access to any part so cleaning it is super easy.

Navigation is spectacular given it’s only using bumper switches and IR for navigation. It always seems to follow the same routine for scheduled cleaning. It either begins the cleaning by circling the entire room twice around the edges and then goes zig zag through entire room surface. Or in reverse order, starting with zig zag pattern and then finishing with around the edges path. There are other manual modes, but this seems to be the default for scheduled cleaning.

And with navigation, there is cleaning. And that is amazing as well. I don’t have any carpets (used to have one tiny and it actually cleaned it really well), just laminate flooring and even if I clean the filter and checking it after next cleaning and dust bin will have bunch of stuff in it. I used to vacuum the room with a cordless vacuum cleaner every day and sometimes even more times a day and it always looked clean “on the surface”. But after first few cleanings with the robot there was unusual dust and debris as well as few tiny dead bugs that I’ve never seen in the cordless one. Then I watched it how it’s cleaning and noticed it’s dual side brushes actually sweep super deep underneath the furniture. A furniture that’s just few millimeters above floor. Apparently it swept all this crap from underneath the furniture and packed it into the dust bin. There is no way I’d ever get under there with ANY vacuum cleaner, be it corded or cordless. But these side brushes did it as they are positioned super low coming from underneath the robot. Impressive.

Seeing how this robot is so amazing, I’m wondering if those costing 6x more can even be any better. And in what way. I could use 3 times a day schedule, morning, mid day and evening because there’s a lot of dust because of computer, but that would really be the only thing I miss. Instead mid day schedule is done automatically and I fire it up manually in morning and evening. I can’t think of a single other thing I’d want with the robot. Remote activation with phone? Maybeeeee? But if you have good scheduling, it’s frankly not really needed.

When time will arrive and I hope it won’t be soon, I’ll be looking at Midea robots again. This thing is freaking amazing and it totally hooked me into robotic cleaners. So convenient and thorough I only use the cordless one now to clean everything above floor where robot can’t clean 🙂