Dyson, the UK vacuum manufacturers, have entered the robotics market with a new model that it has been working on for sixteen years at a cost of £28 million.
The Dyson 360 Eye is being hyped as the company’s biggest innovation since the UK launch of its first vacuum cleaner the DC01, 21 years ago.
The new model is powered by a V2 Dyson digital motor and uses Radial Root Cyclone technology which can suck up particles down to 0.5 microns.
Dyson’s in-house team of 31 robotic software engineers put in over 100,000 hours to create the robot’s navigation system.
Running on mini tank tracks, the 360 Eye is able to work across all floor types and traverse small obstacles with ease. This drive mechanism also allows for more precise steering and speed control.
It is expected to be released in Japan in Spring 2015, and in the UK later that year.