Dyson’s big, heavy, complicated robot vacuum that never was

24 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Dyson’s 360 Eye goes on sale: Smart robo-vacuum uses live cameras to map your homeInfrared sensors stop it bumping into furniture and users can set its cleaning schedule on a smartphone app – allowing them to start a clean even when out of the house.Another robot vacuum is on the way, and it was implied that Dyson’s 360 Eye sees everything and cleans everything around your house, in a way that humans often cannot.“We do not understand these assertions by Dyson and we strenuously reject them,” the company (Bosch) said, adding that it was “committed to full disclosure on the energy ratings and broader performance of our vacuum cleaners” “Bosch has installed control electronics into some of its machines to wrongfully increase energy consumption when in use – to cheat the EU energy label,” Sir James said. “Their behaviour is akin to that seen in the Volkswagen scandal. Rethinking iRobot, Samsung and Dyson robotic vacuum cleanersWhy is Japan the first to get Dyson’s new 360 Eye?Residential robotic vacuum cleaner market poised for stellar growthWhat does the VW scandal mean for robocars?

The 360 Eye will be available from Dyson’s flagship Omotesando store in Tokyo from this Friday (October 23rd) before hitting stores nationwide the following Monday. Dyson follows Miele, Samsung and LG into the robotic vacuum cleaning sector, but the company claims its 360-degree camera – which can see all around the room at once – is unique. ‘Vision, combined with our high speed digital motor and cyclone technology, is the key to achieving a high performing robot vacuum – a genuine labour saving device.’ Nick Schneider, a robotics design engineer at the firm, said: ‘This is a good example of how we will not release a technology until we are sure it will be a really high performer. ‘We were going to release the DC06 in 2001 but we decided to start again. The brush bar, which extends to full width of the machine, uses patented carbon fibre technology to remove fine dust on hard floors and has stiff nylon bristles to agitate and clean carpets. The company says it also had to teach the robo-vac not to fall down genkan — a traditional Japanese entryway where shoes are removed and that are usually a step lower than the rest of the floor.

Its whopping price, that is even more expensive than iRobot’s Roomba ($900), promises to be worth it through the advanced technology and flawless navigation. Essentially, it will learn your house, clean it, avoid cables and wires, detect indentations in the floor, and the make its way back when it’s done.

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