Yesterday Dyson has finally revealed its very first robotic vacuum cleaner. Rumors were out for several years about this robot before Dyson officially published a short teasing video about a new product with a panoramic vision just a few days ago. The result is not only promising, but as technology goes, it is also very unique.
Although no exact measurements are known, the Dyson 360 Eye seems to be a lot taller than most modern robotic vacuum cleaners. It is most probably due to Dyson's unique suction motor technology that promises better performance than all currently available competitors.
The Dyson 360 Eye has no side brushes. The main brush bar that is responsible for collecting all dust and debris stretches from side to side, therefore it can reach the floor even near walls and furniture.
Unlike other robotic vacuum cleaners that use ruggerized wheels, the Dyson 360 Eye is moved by two caterpillar like threaded rubber belts that ensure maximum speed even during door sill crossing or when the robot is climbing onto thick carpet.
The most interesting innovation of the 360 Eye is of course the top mounted panoramic camera. This unit provides a 360 degree full panorama for navigation purposes. According to Dyson's video the robot selects and tracks objects on the live feed. The position and size of these objects help to constantly determine the position of the device within the room and navigate systematically. Similarly to other methodically moving robots, Dyson 360 Eye keeps track of the areas where it has already been. When the entire floor area is cleaned, the robot returns to the docking station.
Automatic charging is provided by a good looking transparent dock. Scheduling of cleanings is also possible through smartphone apps that will be available on both Android and iOS platforms.
The price of the Dyson 360 is not yet known, but interestingly it will go on sale first in Japan in the first half of 2015. The rest of the world will get the robot later that year.