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Dyson unveils robotic vacuum cleaner
By T.K. Randall
September 5, 2014 · 23 comments
Pioneering inventor Sir James Dyson. Image Credit: CC BY-SA-3.0 Michiel Hendryckx
The innovative Dyson 360 Eye could soon be cleaning floors in people's homes all across the world.
It's been 14 years since the firm first revealed plans to build an automatic robotic vacuum cleaner. The first version was famously canceled back in 2001 because it would have been too expensive for the consumer with a price tag of more than $3000.
Now the company is back with a brand new invention that seeks to bring robotic vacuums in to the mainstream market. The circular device uses a set of special cameras to locate dirt on the floor before using its powerful suction to clean up the mess.
"If it works as well as Dyson says it does, then this could be the robot vacuum cleaner to get mainstream market penetration, and not just be a niche product," said Will Findlater from Stuff magazine. "Up until this point robot vacuums have been objects of geek affection."
The device is due to go on sale in Japan early next year before being released worldwide.
Source: BBC News
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