Dyson is getting into more and more quirky products these days, like the Zone noise canceling headphones that blow purified air into your face. Now the company has revealed that he has an entire division that has been secretly developing prototype robots that perform household chores.
The company hasn’t detailed any of the models specifically, but many look like ordinary robot arms suitable for performing specialized household tasks like cleaning and tidying up. One seemed to be designed to suck up seat cushions, mapping an armchair in detail to get the job done. “So that means I’ll never find crisps on the bottom of my couch again?” the company’s chief engineer, Jake Dyson, asked a researcher in a video (below).
Another robot was tidying up the dishes or at least placing them in a drying rack, and another was clutching a teddy bear, presumably picked up after a child. Dyson also featured a “Perception Lab” dedicated to robotic vision systems, sensing its environment and mapping humans with sensors, cameras and thermal imaging systems.
Dyson is currently on a recruitment drive, looking for around 700 engineers, which is why it has finally decided to show off the lab (located at Hullavington Airfield, Wiltshire in the UK) after keeping it secret. “What you develop matters a lot in terms of enthusiasm and attracting engineers,” he said. “One thing about robots, like wearables, is that they are the future of Dyson.”
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