Sunday, July 09, 2006

Dyson's Robot Vacuum Cleaner

Correction...
Thanks to the comment posted by Thorn Stevens from Robot Stock News, I need to correct this post about the Dyson robot vacuum.
Dyson cancelled the development of this unit almost 2 years ago. It turns out that they were way ahead of their time. The world is not quite ready for a $6000 vacuum cleaner after all.
Sorry for the confusion.

Dyson, well known for their high priced bright yellow vacuum cleaners will be offering their version of the home robot later this year.
The US $6000(Yen 684,000)Dyson DC06 will break new ground in the field of home appliances that are more intelligent than their owners.

According to Gizmag, along with the breakthrough pricing you get a vacuum that is:
Capable of 'learning' the layout of a room without and navigating safely around unforseen obstacles, the DC06 is 5% vacuum cleaner and 95% robotic intelligence. Combining over 70 sensory devices and three on-board computers with independent wheel, microprocessor-driven SR electrical motors, the DC06 can make 10 decisions every second, enabling it to manoeuvre precisely and clean efficiently without repetition, even recognising when the job is done.


All this while solving Sodoku squares in its head.

And it also shares it's feelings about your home,
"there's even a mood indicator light - blue for happy, green when negotiating an obstacle and red if it feels threatened by its environment."

It almost sounds like you would want to clean your house before you let the vacuum robot see it. I would hate to be embarrased by my vacuum feeling sad or threatened by my messy carpet.

gizmag Article: Dyson's Robot Vacuum Cleaner

7 Comments:

Blogger thorn_stevens said...

Unfortunately, this is a very old story that Gizmag republished and fooled a lot of folks.
The Dyson Robot Vac was first unveiled in 2001, went through years of development, and was then cancelled in 2004 before going on sale. Here's a 2004 article about the plug being pulled:
TechDigest TV 2004 Dyson Vac cancelled
The Gizmag story doesn't have a date, but it's story #1282 and their front page stories are now in the 5,000s...

4:24 PM, July 09, 2006  
Blogger Prospector said...

Thanks for the update.
I modified the original post to reflect this new information.

--Bob

8:23 PM, July 09, 2006  
Blogger Bob Mottram said...

For a company supposedly founded upon the innovative idea that you can have a cleaner without a bag it's surprising that they dropped their robotic vac.

I think there will come a time in the not too distant future when the idea of manually pushing around a vacuum cleaner will seem ridiculous.

3:59 PM, July 19, 2006  
Blogger Elizabeth J. Neal said...

Combining over 70 sensory devices and three on-board computers with independent wheel, microprocessor-driven SR electrical motors, the DC06 can make 10 decisions every second, enabling it to manoeuvre precisely and clean efficiently without repetition, even recognising when the job is done. Dave James

3:18 AM, October 28, 2014  
Blogger jowdjbrown said...

The world is not quite ready for a $6000 vacuum cleaner after all. smartvacuums.co.uk

5:23 AM, October 28, 2014  
Anonymous Excalibur said...

I am not sure people are ready to spend so excessively on such a vacuum cleaner. The convenience provided would be plentiful though! Definitely looking forward to a price drop!

5:36 PM, January 26, 2016  
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