Dyson makes more and more unusual products these days, like the Zone noise-cancelling headphones that blast purified air to your face. Now the company has revealed that it has an entire division secretly developing robot prototypes that do household chores.
The company hasn’t described any of the models in particular, but many look like regular robotic arms adapted for specialized household tasks like cleaning and tidying up. One seemed designed to vacuum the seat cushions and map an armchair in detail to do the job. “So this means I’ll never find chips on the back of my couch ever again?” the company’s chief engineer, Jake Dyson, asked a researcher in a video (below).
Another robot was setting dishes or at least placing them in a drying rack, and another grabbed a teddy bear, presumably chasing a child. Dyson also showed a “Perception Lab” all about robotic vision systems, detecting the environment and mapping people with sensors, cameras and thermal imaging systems.
Dyson is currently looking for around 700 engineers, which is one of the reasons it finally decided to show off the lab (located at Hullavington Airfield, Wiltshire in the UK) after keeping it a secret. “What you’re developing counts a lot in terms of excitement and attracting engineers,” he said. “One thing about robots, as with wearables, is that they are the future of Dyson.”
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