Dyson Has Invented The Smartest Robotic Vacuum Cleaner In The World

Today, after sixteen years of research and over $45,000,000 of invested capital, Dyson unveiled the Dyson 360 Eye - its first robotic vacuum cleaner. I'll be frank here, folks: the Eye blows pretty much every other vacuum cleaner (robotic or otherwise) out of the water. Not only does it look absolutely awesome, the ultra-high-tech gadget is capable of complete autonomy.

In other words, all you really need to do is turn it on and it'll keep your house clean with virtually no effort necessary on your part.

The robotic vacuum is equipped with a three hundred sixty degree panoramic camera lens which it uses to map its way around the house. Using that lens - combined with a suite of proximity and infrared sensors - the robot is able to memorize an accurate floor-plan and avoid any obstacles it might come across during the cleaning process. In addition, the tank-styled treads on which it moves enable it to make its way past all but the most difficult quagmires. Thanks to the carbon fiber filaments on the Eye's brush, it's able to vacuum just as effectively on carpet as on hardwood or tile. 

The vacuum cleaner gets its power from a V2 Dyson digital motor, the result of $244M worth of research. It uses the company's patented bagless Cyclone technology to separate dust and dirt; the power of these two technologies together allows it to capture particles down to 0.5 microns - that's around six hundred times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. This is the very same technology first invented by Sir James Dyson, and the foundation upon which his company was built.

The Eye can be controlled via a downloadable smartphone app, available on Android and iOS. Using the app, consumers can schedule when they want the robot to clean, and even view a floor plan of their house detailing which rooms have been cleaned - and which rooms still need a once-over. In addition, the robot will send a message to the user's smartphone notifying them when its dustbin is full. 

Now, all this significant power comes with a bit of a troubling trade-off: the Eye only has a maximum battery life of twenty to thirty minutes, at which point it'll return to its docking station to charge. Thankfully, this is entirely automated - it'll resume the clean once it's again fully charged; I can, however, see this limitation causing a few problems for individuals with particularly large homes. 

Still, it's a step up from all the automated house-cleaning robots that are currently available on the market. As Dyson himself noted, most of them are...well...kind of useless. He expects that the Eye will be the first one that isn't.

"Most robotic vacuum cleaners don't see their environment, have little suction, and don't clean properly," Dyson explained to The Daily Mail. "They are gimmicks."

"We've been developing a unique 360 degree vision system that lets our robot see where it is, where it has been, and where it has yet to clean. This 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."

The 360 Eye will retail for 750 pounds (approximately $1220 USD). Although it's not yet commercially available, consumers interested in picking up a model for themselves can sign up for a mailing list on the official product page

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