The 360 Eye, the very first automated vacuum cleaner has been unveiled by Dyson after 16 years of extensive research in robotics and developments in the field.
A press event held in Tokyo last September worked as the platform for revealing the Dyson 360 by the CEO and founder of the company, James Dyson. He claimed the device to be the foremost vacuum cleaner that is robotic yet not a gimmick.
According to him, the brand has been crafting a unique 360 vision technology letting the robot view where it is has already cleaned, where it is cleaning and where it still has to, unlike most other robotic vacuum cleaners that have an insufficient suction, inability to view their environment and are not that efficient in cleaning.
He believes that the secret behind the high performance of the robot vacuum and its power to save labour significantly is the marvellous cyclone technology and high speed motors combined with the vision of the professionals.
Technology and Features
The Dyson 360 Eye runs on patented cyclonic technology similar to manual vacuum cleaners. The company mentions that this is the factor that differentiates it from several other machines available out there.
The digital motor, camera system and tank tracks are some of the patents included in the device along with 400 others patents.
Dyson says that the vision system and navigation used on the robot make it perform the cleaning more efficiently as compared to other robotic cleaners and humans. According to reports, a team of 31 expert engineers worked for over 100,000 hours to design and develop the machine.
The vacuum cleaner moves in a spiralling square pattern to deliver a systematic and efficient cleaning of the surroundings by making use of the 360 degree camera for mapping out the environment of the machine.
The cleaner can be operated either by using a remote or via the Link app corresponding the machine, thereby making the product the brand’s first venture into the smart-home space. The user can also schedule the cleaning and take a look at the activity graphs when they are not at home through the app. The application will be available for the Android and iOS platforms very soon.
The DC06, a prototype of such vacuum cleaners was made by the company in 2001 but wasn’t launched as it was quite heavy and expensive. The onboard motor was a huge issue putting an impact on the device’s weight and size. The new, small yet strong V2 digital motor installed in the Dyson 360 is able to overcome this problem very efficiently.
Launch and Pricing
The Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum will be launched in Japan next month. Talking about the price, the company has given an indication of the expected cost of the machine. Rumours also say that it will be somewhere around £750. According to the brand, the price of the product is expected to be more than $1,000 and it will probably be launched in North America and UK before the end of 2015. Whereas, the US will receive the device in the third quarter of the year.