Dyson's 360 Eye robotic vacuum cleaner uses triangulation to navigate around obstacles

Dyson's robot vacuum cleaner packed with patented technology

Dyson has introduced its first ever robotic vacuum cleaner featuring a panoramic camera and infrared sensors for impeccable navigation.

A product of 16 years of research, the Dyson 360 Eye is packed with patented technology. It can be controlled remotely via a smartphone app allowing users to set it going via their smartphones while commuting, in the office or on holiday.

Using data from the 360 degree camera and the infrared sensors, the robot calculates its position in the room in real time, with respect to pieces of furniture using triangulation.

The camera takes up to 30 images of the room every second, allowing for continuous position recalculation, making sure every corner is meticulously tidied up.

Dyson said it took 100,000 hours to a team of 31 software engineers to create the navigation system, integrating algebra, probability theory, geometry and trigonometry.

"Most robotic vacuum cleaners don't see their environment, have little suction, and don't clean properly. They are gimmicks,” said the company founder Sir James Dyson, known for inventing bagless cleaners and bladeless fans.

"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 is yet to clean. 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 company said that with a V2 Dyson digital motor inside, the Dyson 360 Eye robot is the most powerful vacuum cleaning robot in the market, far ahead of its competitors including Miele, Samsung and LG.

The robot uses the company's Cyclone technology to separate dust and dirt, capturing particles down to 0.5 microns - or 600 times smaller than a standard typed full stop.

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 machine has 20 to 30 minutes of battery life and manoeuvres around on tank-like tracks that can take it over small obstacles.

Dyson said there were more than 420 patents and patent applications worldwide relating to technology used in the robot. The research, leading to the final product, previously referred to as project N223, has reportedly cost £28m and involved 200 Dyson engineers.

The company has not yet revealed the price of the 360 Eye robot, but said the vacuum cleaner will go on sale in Japan next spring and in the UK in the summer.

Rumours the company was working on a robotic vacuum cleaner gathered pace earlier this year when researchers at Imperial College London announced a £5m tie-up with the company focusing on the technology.

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