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Dyson unveils robotic vacuum cleaner

By T.K. Randall
September 5, 2014 · Comment icon 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 | Comments (23)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #14 Posted by QuiteContrary 8 years ago
I gotta say I hate my Dyson vacuum. but if I ever did own one of these, I'd have to get a cat who'd ride on it. I'd laugh my butt off all day (instead of vacuuming).
Comment icon #15 Posted by Whatsinausername 8 years ago
Wrapping my feet with sticky tape and walking around the house is just as effective
Comment icon #16 Posted by Talion78 8 years ago
it doesn't go up steps so is useless if you have carpeted stairs.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Silent Trinity 8 years ago
We have owned 3 Dysons through the years and they all been utter CRAP, the suction never lasts, parts are ridiculously expensive not to mention no end of other faults....The last 3 years we have owned a Henry Hoover, suction is still as good as new and it has never let us down once. Dysons are a fashion statement, the buzz lightyear toy for housewives, the 'must have' toy in other words. I do not work for Pneumatic who make Henry's but I know what is good and what works and i'm sorry to the fans but Dysons do not...
Comment icon #18 Posted by Dracona15 8 years ago
This is pretty cool.
Comment icon #19 Posted by HerNibs 8 years ago
I have a Dyson. Have had it for years. Yup, I got it when they first came out and paid quite a bit for it but with regular maintenance (really minor) it's been WONDERFUL. It can suck the chrome off a bumper!!! Also have the dyson hand held (got a huge discount because we purchased a big one), love it as well. But we won't be going for the Dyson robot. I'll stick with NEATO But for me, my "buzzlightyear toy" is this. TakeMyMoney I have NO reason to buy this but for some reason...really really want. Nibs
Comment icon #20 Posted by Codenwarra 8 years ago
In this house there is a Sanyo vac cleaner bought in 1976, 600 watt rating and only the small furniture brush has been replaced since it wore out. It still works perfectly. There is no way I would lay out money on over-engineered, over-priced domestic gear like Dyson (or Kirby) stuff. As for their "air multipliers", I could put a new 300 mm (12 inch) fan in almost every room in the house for the same money.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Junior Chubb 8 years ago
I thought we had had robot vacuum cleaners for years. Little disc things that buzz around keeping track of the floor area they have covered to make sure they do not miss the gaps, pretty much like the ones in the article... Then again maybe my ailing memory is playing tricks on me and they were just prototypes that I remember.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Eldorado 8 years ago
I thought we had had robot vacuum cleaners for years. Little disc things that buzz around keeping track of the floor area they have covered to make sure they do not miss the gaps, pretty much like the ones in the article... Then again maybe my ailing memory is playing tricks on me and they were just prototypes that I remember. I've seen those! Was years ago.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Junior Chubb 8 years ago
I've seen those! Was years ago. Cheers Eldo I was starting to doubt myself.


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