Dyson showed off a series of robot prototypes under development and announced plans to hire hundreds of engineers over the next five years to build robots that can do household chores. The images are designed to show the fine motor skills of the machines, with arms capable of lifting plates out of a drying rack, vacuuming a sofa or lifting a children’s toy.
The company, best known for its range of vacuum cleaners, says it aims to develop “a self-contained device capable of performing household and other tasks”, with The Guardian noting that such a device could be on the market by 2030. This comes more than half a decade after the company launched its first robotic device, the Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum, in 2014. Dyson has long highlighted its interest for AI and robotics to underpin its future. some products.
The announcement was made to coincide with the International Robotics and Automation Conference in Philadelphia, and serve as a recruiting tool with a prominent ‘Start your Dyson Career’ link placed near the top of Dyson’s press release . The company says it is in the midst of the “biggest engineering recruitment campaign in its history”. It is currently recruiting 250 robotics engineers with expertise in “computer vision, machine learning, sensors and mechatronics”, and hopes to hire another 700 over the next five years. Dyson says it has already added 2,000 new employees to its workforce this year.
As well as hiring, the company is also building what it hopes will be the UK’s largest robotics research centre, The Guardian reports. The center will be based at Hullavington Airfield, near the company’s existing design center in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, where it is redeveloping an aircraft hangar where 250 roboticists will work. The site was previously intended for the development of Dyson’s electric car, before the project was canceled in 2019. Research will also take place at a laboratory in London, as well as at the company’s global headquarters in Singapore.
“This is a ‘big bet’ on future robotics technology that will drive research across Dyson, in areas including mechanical engineering, vision systems, machine learning and storage. energy,” said Jake Dyson, the company’s chief engineer and son of the company. founder James Dyson. In 2020, Dyson has announced its plans to invest £2.75 billion (about $3.45 billion) in areas such as robotics, new motor technologies and machine learning software by 2025. It plans to spend £600 million pounds sterling (about $750 million) of that investment this year.