Dyson the company behind futuristic hand dryers, bladeless fans and bagless vacuum cleaners had posted a short teaser on YouTube last week, and now it finally announced what many suspected it might be: a cyclonic robot vacuum cleaner called the Dyson 360 Eye.
Sir James Dyson, the British engineering entrepreneur, says that it took 16 years and close to $47 million to research and develop the autonomous device.
An earlier prototype of a robotic vacuum cleaner – the DC06- was developed by Dyson in 2001, but the project was cancelled a few years later because it was too heavy and possibly too expensive for consumers to buy.
Dyson founder claims that existing automated cleaners from companies such as Samsung and LG don’t see their environment, have little suction and don’t clean properly. They are gimmicks! The Dyson 360 Eye uses high-speed digital motor and cyclone technology, has the strongest suction power to deliver better performance.
As the name suggests, the robot is equipped with a unique 360-degree panoramic camera and infrared sensors to see its surroundings and systematically work its way around a room, tracking its position.
Dyson hopes their new device will allow people to forget their manually operated vacuum cleaners and leave the 360 Eye to clean their floors in their absence. You can use a light battery operated stick-style cleaner to dust off the curtains, sofa and so on. The 360 Eye, launched in Japan is likely to retail at the high-end of the market, for about £700.
Algebra, probability theory, geometry and trigonometry was used to craft the unique vision system, and a team of 31 software engineers took more than 100,000 hours to generate information about the Dyson 360 Eye’s location.
The robot starts at a docking station attached to the mains and navigates to the center of the room, cleaning in a square spiral pattern. Dyson says the robot’s mini terrain tank tracks make it better at handling all types of floor and obstacles than existing models. The machine uses a combination of carbon fiber brush for hard surfaces and nylon bristles to clean carpets.
The 360 Eye can also be operated via an Android or iOS app, making it Dyson’s first foray into the smart-home space. The Dyson Link app allows owners to schedule cleaning and monitor activity graphs when away from home.
The machine can hold up to 0.4 liters of dirt and dust and sends a message to the owner’s smartphone when the bin is full. On full charge, the battery lasts for 20 to 30 minutes before getting back to its dock. The 360 Eye will be released in Japan early next year and in other countries will be later in 2015.