A robot vacuum cleaner with 360° vision

September 5, 2014

Dyson 360 Eye (credit: Dyson)

James Dyson, Founder and Chief Engineer of Dyson, introduced Thursday the Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum cleaner, with a 360° vision system.

Programmed route (credit: Dyson)

The robot builds a detailed floor plan to navigate around a room and track its position.

Infrared sensors work in conjunction with a lens on the top of the machine that houses a 360° panoramic camera.

Infrared sensors work in conjunction with the camera to accurately triangulate position. It then uses landmarks within the images to establish how it has moved between each frame and to update its model of the environment, accurate to within millimeters.

An app for iOS and Android allows for remote operation.

The vacuum uses Radial Root Cyclone technology to effectively separate dust and dirt, capturing particles down to 500 nanometers.

The robot takes pictures of triangulated high-contrast features to calibrate its position throughout the cleaning process (credit: Dyson)

Dyson says that the technology was developed by a team of more than 200 Dyson engineers, in conjunction with roboticists at Imperial College London, at a cost of nearly $300 million, based on more than 420 patents and patent applications.

The product will go on sale in Japan in spring 2015, with the rest of the world to follow later in the year.