Dyson unveils sci-fi robot vacuum cleaner that can see in the dark – and ‘has 20% stronger suction’

DYSON has unveiled a brand new robot vacuum cleaner that can tidy your home with zero help from humans.

It learns about your home over time, adapts routes to efficient navigate around obstacles, and can even work in very low light.

Dyson 360 Heurist
Dyson’s robot vacuum cleaner will map out your home
Dyson 360 Heurist
You can set different room zones for varying cleaning methods

The gadget is a successor to the popular but expensive Dyson 360 Eye vacuum cleaner.

Dyson’s new model promises around a fifth more suction power – and a smarter “brain” powered by more than 450,000 lines of code.

“Since we started working on robotics, we wanted to produce a vacuum that cleaned properly – not just a gadget,” said company founder James Dyson.

“The Dyson 360TM Heurist robot has eight sensors for improved navigation, and powerful suction, so it can clean your home.”

Dyson 360 Heurist
You can control the vacuum cleaner using a smartphone app
Dyson 360 Heurist
Lighting systems allow the vacuum cleaner to operate in low light

Dyson says its new vacuum cleaner is “heuristic”…hence the name.

That means it is capable of learning on its own, creating a map that gets more accurate with every clean.

It can recognise where it is immediately after leaving the dock, and has 10GB of on-board memory to retain the layout of your home.

Dyson 360 Heurist
Dyson will look out for objects and dodge them

The 360 Heuris measure distance every 20 milliseconds, and uses a six-element fish-eye lens that can see in 360-degrees.

There’s also an LED ring with eight lights that allows for low-light navigation.

It’s packed with eight sensors to see a four-meter diameter around it – and avoid obstacles.

The vacuum’s cleaning performance also sounds promising.

Inside the robot is a Dyson V2 digital motor, spinning up to 78,000rpm.

Dyson says this means you get 20% more suction than the Dyson 360 Eye robot.

And there’s a 212mm-wide brush bar that stretches the full width of the machine.

That means it cleans right to the edge of the robot.

Dyson 360 Heuris – by the numbers

Here's what the robot vacuum cleaner has to offer…

  • Lines of code: 450,000+
  • Diameter: 23cm
  • Suction: 20% more than the 360 Eye
  • Test rigs: Covered more than 1,327 miles
  • Memory: 10GB (20x predecessor)
  • Sensors: Eight
  • Lighting: Eight LEDs
  • Motor: Dyson V2 (78m000 rpm)
  • Particle capture: As small as 0.3 microns
  • Brush bar: 212mm wide (edge to edge)
  • Stiff nylon bristles: 6,947

Dyson 360 Heurist
The Dyson vac can clean while you’re not at home
Dyson 360 Heurist
Dyson says the vacuum cleaner will get smarter and more efficient over time

Gadget fans will be pleased to hear that it’s possible to control the vacuum cleaner using the Dyson Link smartphone app.

This lets you control, schedule and monitor when the robot cleans your home.

You can create specific cleaning zones inside your house, with specific robot behaviours chosen for each area.

For instance, you could turn the brush bar off in a room with long rugs.

It all sounds great, but there’s a big catch – the price.

A Dyson 360 Heuris will cost you a whopping £799.99, just like its 360 Eye predecessor.

It’ll be on sale at Dyson’s website and the Oxford Street, London store from March 13.

And it’ll be available from Currys stores, the Currys website, and John Lewis online from March 18.

In other news, Dyson has invented “purifier headphones” that blow “clean air” into your mouth.

Dyson recently unveiled a sci-fi lamp that transforms the light it projects throughout the day.

And, Dyson unveiled a handful of new sci-fi gadgets last year – you can ready about them here.

What new gadgets would you like to see Dyson create? Let us know in the comments!

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