It's no secret that vacuum innovator Dyson is into robotics, but he's more serious than anyone knew.

Six years ago, the company introduced its Dyson 360 Eye robotic vacuum cleaner, which managed to be a perfect blend of forward-facing automation and slightly offbeat innovation (without the latest Wi-Fi connectivity channel, and Dyson locked in on camera as a system). nearly a decade before delivering the first product).

You can't even buy a Dyson 360 Eye in the US these days (opens in a new tab), but that doesn't mean the company's robotic ambitions are over. Away from.

This week, without much fanfare, Dyson released a video (opens in a new tab) offering insight into the company's "top secret" robotic work. Hosted by Jake Dyson, the son of founder and CEO James Dyson, the video offers a rare glimpse into Dyson's ongoing efforts to crack home robotics.

Standing in front of a pair of tall hangers at Hullavington Airfield in London's Wiltshire, Dyson said the company had a "great future in robotics" and has been working with researchers at Imperial College on developing all sorts of automata that they can save people. time and improve their lives.

Dyson robot vacuum cleaner

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The robots, at least the ones we could see clearly (some of the super-secret stuff was blurred in the video), were busy carefully grabbing children's toys off the floor with articulated robotic hands, snatching dishes from a drain, and using robotic vision to guide a robotic arm equipped with a small Dyson vacuum cleaner to clean a living room chair.

"That means I'll never find chips in the back of my chair, ever," Dyson joked to an awkward-looking researcher.

Many of the robots featured represent Dyson's current advances in robots for home environments, including challenging ones like stairs. In the video, we see a set of stairs, but no robot attempts to navigate them.

Home robotics is a notoriously difficult market. iRobot, arguably the world's most successful consumer robotics company, has done well, but it's getting closer to its robotic vacuum roots. It has worked delivering robotic healthcare systems (opens in a new tab) to hospitals, but that's clearly not the company's focus.

Dyson robotic gripper

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Dyson's ambitions, for now at least, seem much bigger, though it wasn't above taking a subtle dig at iRobot when Dyson mentioned its 360 robot vacuum and added, "and ours really vacuums, by the way." In truth, Roombas too, albeit with about half the suction power of a Dyson 360 Eye (and significantly less suction power than a standard Dyson upright vacuum).

Although Dyson has declared that robots (and wearables) are "the future of Dyson" and research projects are now ripe, the reality is that it's unclear if any of these Dyson robots will ever appear in our homes. However, Dyson said what they learn from this robot research is being carried over into current products to improve their functionality and performance for consumers.

The truth is that this is not a product launch announcement, this is Dyson's recruitment video. Dyson said that he wanted, among other things, to hire 700 engineers to work on a robot brain. However, it is unclear where this "brain" might go. Most of the robots we see in the video are robot parts: arms, hands, and vision systems. At no time did Dyson turn a corner and walk directly into a Dyson humanoid robot.

But to be honest, we didn't see the entire research center. This imposing robot could have hidden anywhere...

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