Dyson, the British company famous for over-engineering household appliances, is looking to expand into household robotics. The company revealed a series of prototype bots that it’s been working on that’ll make chores a thing of the
The announcement was made more as a recruitment tool than to provide any real information on the company’s plans. What is known is that Dyson plans to hire hundreds of engineers as it hones in on autonomous devices that’ll take the weight of household chores off your shoulders.
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The media accompanying the announcement shows a robot picking up a child’s plush toy, vacuuming a couch (of course), and picking plates up out of a drying rack. That’s quite a distance to come from the company’s first robot, the Dyson 360 Eye Robot vacuum, from 2016.
Judging by the cable ties and seemingly screwed-on webcam, we think it’ll still be a while before we see a marketable product from the company. That robot vacuum was in development for eighteen years before it was available for purchase. But it did end up being arguably the best robot vacuum you can buy to date.
Dyson isn’t limiting itself to just household robots though. The company has its eyes on developing a robotics research centre, according to The Guardian.
Jake Dyson, son of founder James Dyson and the company’s chief engineer, called the robotic focus a “big bet” on the future of the technology. We’re sure it is. Let’s just hope it does better than the company’s planned electric car. That was cancelled in 2019 after four years of work and tens of millions of rands spent.