Dyson vacuum's vision system knows where it's yet to clean

Dyson vacuum's vision system knows where it's yet to clean

Dyson after numerous years of work has released its first robot vacuum cleaner. The Dyson 360 Eye took 16 years but Dyson's engineers think the time has come, entering a market where, as Dyson sees it, the entry will outshine others. The company pointed out the problem with existing robots is that they have poor suction and don't navigate properly. They would not be alone in seeing the need for robot cleaners to come closer to the performance of conventional models. Dan Costa, editor in chief of PCMag, said "We've been testing robot vacuum cleaners at PCMag for years," and, overall, have found them to be pretty good but he also commented that they just aren't quite as good as traditional vacuums. Dyson is attempting to change that impression of vacuum robots with its product's features.

First off, there is the high speed digital motor. They developed their own digital motor, and it enables them to generate greater suction than any conventional machine. Another key feature is the 360-degree camera mounted on the top, which will constantly scan the room for obstacles. The vision system lets the Dyson robot see where it is, where it has been and where it has yet to clean. Gizmag said, "The cleaner's camera images at up to 30 frames per second to provide an accurate visualization of its surrounding environment. Dyson says the device is accurate to within millimeters."

Margaret Rhodes in Wired detailed how the camera functions. The Eye hinges on a 360-degree camera that views the room at a 45-degree angle and takes pictures; those photos become a live map of the room. "The Eye undocks itself from a charging station affixed to the wall, near the floor. The robot triangulates its position in the room, finds the center, and starts spiraling outward. Once it has vacuumed 10 square feet, it relocates to clean a new patch. Infrared sensors keep the Eye aware of pets or thin table legs, but the bulk of the vacuum's spatial smarts come from the real-time map of the room."

This is a big change from robots that just change direction when bumping into something, said PCMag's Costa.

Next on the feature list, Dyson engineers designed Radial Root Cyclone technology which generates high centrifugal forces to capture particles as small as pollen and mould. The clear bin is made from tough polycarbonate.



A smartphone Link app lets the owner start, pause and schedule cleanings. The company said It enables the owner to view maps of cleaning progress when not at home, activates a two-year guarantee, automatically downloads software updates and provides access to troubleshooting guides.

The price is not yet set; the Dyson 360 Eye, will be available in Japan next year before going worldwide.


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Sep 07, 2014
Could the 360 degree vision be adapted to make the robot a roaming security guard,uploading images to the cloud? Dyson products are already pretty expensive.I dread hearing what this latest offering is going to cost,but on paper,it does look amazing.

Sep 07, 2014
Dyson vacuum's vision system knows where it's yet to clean, but can't because it's too bulky.

Sep 07, 2014
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Sep 07, 2014
@Aligo: You are not forced to use "rare earth magnets" in that kind of vacuums. By electronic switching you can use plain induction motors too, with the same efficiency. And, BTW, 1600 W is a quite powerful vacuum.

Sep 07, 2014
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Sep 07, 2014
The Dyson seems to have a lot of good improvements: better suction, full-width cleaner, tank tracks. But the pictured unit is just too tall. It looks like won't be able to vacuum under most furniture, beds, couches, etc. I've had a Roomba and a Neato. The Neato is my personal favorite. It senses room sizes and leaves a very orderly cleaned pattern behind.

Sep 07, 2014
You can create a deep vacuum even with 30 W motor, but this is not a problem here. You don't understand, what the electronic switching is about. It's main purpose is the application of high speed reluctant motors.
And high speed reluctant motors can't be used for vacuums?
The strategy here is to use a weaker motors for longer time, i.e. in form of autonomous cleaning robots. The net saving of energy would be minimal
If with a 30W motor you can do the work of a more than 1600 W one, the net saving of energy will be quite consistent, even if the 30 W motor should be used 50 times longer than the more powerful one. And you don't have to drive it...

Sep 07, 2014
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Sep 07, 2014
If with a 30W motor you can do the work of a more than 1600 W one
Nope, you can't beat the energy conservation laws. But you can place it into smaller device, once you'll get the market for it. This is the sole purpose of the above article.
What "energy conservation law" are you talking about? In MORE TIME you can do the same work of a more powerful motor with a smaller one! What's the problem?

Sep 07, 2014
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Sep 07, 2014
The "work" is just the product of power and time. So you cannot actually do more work with 30 W motor. You can only get more time for doing of another stuffs if you'll use an autonomous robot, but you'll pay for it with higher price of the device.
WHAT? You are vacuum-cleaning your house, not "another stuff"! And if you want the cleaning to be done automatically for you, you have to pay, that's obvious!

Sep 07, 2014
Dyson vacuum's vision system knows where it's yet to clean, but can't because it's too bulky.

It would fit under our beds,but admittedly,not under our couch.

Sep 07, 2014
The other problem is corners. The circular shape can be a problem.

Sep 08, 2014
I do not think anyone knows how to build the right vacuum cleaner (robot or not)? I am sure this robot has the eyes and some more vacuum power besides, smartphone this-and-that.

How about one that knows when it is full then goes in a parking area to take a dump, clean itself, recharge and go out again to consume the dust/dirt. all within a space of a house. Vacuums are like humans; eat drink, rest and dump. What is so difficult about that? Must be the motor with all kind of "rare" magical magnets, logarithm that computer guy cannot figure out. Perhaps cost??? Dyson et al are way out in left field while the balls are coming from the right.

Sep 08, 2014
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Sep 08, 2014
Well they are not gonna sell much in Europw. 1600Watt cap this year (and 900 Watt from 2017 on) on vacuum cleaners.

Anyhow, what's wrong with the other robots on the market? They seem to be doing their job adequately at lower power. And whether a robot sees stuff or bumps into it - I couldn't care less.

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