Always at the forefront of cleaning innovations, Dyson have been pretty quiet on the robotic vacuum front, until this month with the reveal of their first-ever commercial 'smart vac’.
But behind closed doors, 16 years of research and £28 million of investment has gone in to create their first ever automated vacuum; the 360 Eye.
So, with other brands like Samsung and LG in the robo-vac marketplace, what makes Dyson so confident that their cleaning machine is capable of ‘terminating’ the competition?
For starters, there’s all that proprietary Dyson tech that goes in to their world-famous vacuums; the 360 Eye is powered by a V2 digital motor and uses the bagless cyclone system that has made Dyson famous.
But the real selling point is in the name; the 360 Eye uses an ultra-panoramic 360-degree camera along it’s top, to see all around the room at once. Not only that, but it can be controlled by an Adroid smartphone or Apple iDevice from almost anywhere else in the house.
Sir James Dyson said: "Most robotic vacuum cleaners don’t see their environment, have little suction, and don’t clean properly. They are gimmicks. We’ve been developing a unique 360 degree vision system that lets our robot see where it is, where it has been, and where it is yet to clean.
"Vision, combined with our high speed digital motor and cyclone technology, is the key to achieving a high performing robot vacuum – a genuine labour saving device."
Some smart features are an internal mapping software that ‘remembers’ the layout of the room, a self-charging cycle that will send the vac back to it’s charging station when on a low battery and the ability to send a message to it’s owner’s smartphone when the dust bin is full.
The Dyson 360 Eye Japan in spring 2015, with the rest of the world to follow later in the year.
One catch is it is expected to cost around £700 in the UK, meaning our dream of a fleet of Total Clean robot vacs controlled by an iPad will probably have to wait a little longer…