It’s taken home appliance tech giant, Dyson, 16 years and $47 million to release its own version of a domestic robot vacuum cleaner, but finally it is here. And the “360-Eye”, as it is called, is one of the most sophisticated robot vacuum cleaners you will find on the market today.
“Most robotic vacuum cleaners don’t see their environment, have little suction, and don’t clean properly,” says James Dyson, the inventor that founded the British company.
“They are gimmicks. Vision, combined with our high-speed digital motor and cyclone technology, is the key to achieving a high-performing robot vacuum — a genuine labor-saving device.”
Competing directly with other robot vacuum cleaners such as the Kogan, and iRobot Braava, the Dyson 360 Eye takes its name from its unique 360-degree panoramic camera mounted on top of the appliance. The camera allows the domestic robot to see the entire room and use its infrared sensors to accurately map out a navigation path that covers the room.
Furthermore, the 360-Eye runs on what Dyson calls the ‘Radial Root Cyclone” – a V2 digital motor than can separate the dust from the dirt and is the only domestic robot to sport continuous tank tracks. The 360 Eye has also broken away its competitors such as the Miele Scout RX1 and Neato, by using a brush bar with carbon fibre bristles that stretch along the 360-Eye’s width, rather than a rotating sweeper used by its competitors.
Other features of the Dyson 360-Eye include the ability to return to its charge dock once the battery gets low and a runtime of 30 minutes before needing to recharge.
The domestic robot vacuum cleaner also comes with an iOS and Android app, Dyson-Link, allowing a user to create cleaning schedules from their smart phone.
Though the 360 Eye is scheduled for release first in Japan, in Spring 2015, then to the rest of the world, there is no word on how much the Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner will cost. One can guess though that after 16 years of development, this is one robot vacuum cleaner that won’t come with a cheap price tag.