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Dyson moves into the robot market



One of the biggest names in vacuums has become the latest company to introduce robots into our homes, with Dyson announcing a brand new Robot Vacuum with Australia one of the first markets to launch the product.

Called the Dyson 360 Vis Nav, it's a shot across the bow of the many Robot Vacuum companies in the market today.

"A robot vacuum cleaner should not be a novelty," Dyson Chief Engineer Jake Dyson said.

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"We know there are many frustrations with current robot vacuum cleaners – some have low suction power, or inefficient navigation systems which means that they often get stuck and don't do a proper job of vacuuming.

"Dyson engineers have focused on developing machines that overcome these challenges and which increasingly anticipate our needs, understand its environment and operate autonomously."

Developed over more than a decade – during which time the company launched a robot vacuum in Japan only – the 360 Vis Nav has a 360-degree vision system which incorporates a camera on top of the robot, along with 26 sensors for obstacle avoidance and mapping your home.

In the robot vacuum market there are several successful brands like iRobot and Australia's leading brand, Ecovacs, most of which have similar "smart" mapping and navigation technologies.

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However, Dyson's point of difference hinges on the company's expertise in electric motors.

Spinning at 110,000 RPM, the Dyson 360 Vis Nav is capable of suction no other robot vacuum can match – Dyson quotes a figure of "six times the suction of any other".

The design of the Dyson Robot is also unique.

Instead of being a circular design, it's more like a capital D with a large traditional vacuum brush at the front of the device.

Simply put, Dyson believes their Robot Vacuum can do as good a job as most traditional vacuums.

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What's missing from the Dyson 360 Vis Nav is any level of mopping capability – something other brands in the market have had for many years, and have improved on greatly.

Another unique feature of the Dyson product is its ability to visualise on a map of your home the level of dust it detects.

This allows you to send the vacuum back for more, or look at why one area might be dirtier than another.

Dyson's 360 Vis Nav is available from Thursday and will be priced at $2399 in Australia.

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