Dyson is Building Robots: When you have toys all over your house, imagine a robot coming in and picking them up for you. Alternatively, a robot might be used to clean the countertops in your kitchen after it has painstakingly washed and placed your dishes on your drying rack.
Dyson has a vision of the future in which robots are welcomed into our homes to do tedious and repetitive household activities. That might eliminate some of your least-desired tasks.
For the last decade, Dyson has been devoted to enhancing robotics in the home, which is part of a clandestine 20-year effort by the company to produce robot vacuums, the first of which was released on May 25, 2013. According to Dyson, the new robots have a bright future ahead of them, saving people time, helping them with household duties, and generally increasing their quality of life (embedded at the top of this story).
As part of an effort to hire 700 engineers in the UK and Singapore, Dyson has launched a promotional film for its new domestic robots division.
With the goal of “being as compliant as feasible and safe in a home setting,” Dyson understands it must keep improving the usefulness and endurance of its machines. Translation: Build a robot that will not be harmed by the people it is meant for.
Dyson has to increase its durability in order to get a robot engaged in cleaning the sofa, picking up toys, putting away dishes, or cleaning counters. The machine can’t be always in danger of breaking because of its adjustable arms and grippers, which provide it with a variety of degrees of freedom or directions in which it may move. Other household items need to remain undamaged as it moves from room to room. As long as Dyson can find out how to make the robots do the work, that is.
There is already a lot of work being done by Dyson to improve the robot’s sensors and cameras so that it can better recognize and discriminate between different objects. Upgraded thermal imaging is a must, as we don’t want robots to clean humans. Otherwise, they won’t be up to the task.
Dyson isn’t the only company working on a household-friendly robot. Unlimited Robotics is certain that their “Gary” robot can do a few simple household tasks if the software is dialed in. Meanwhile, the robots of Aeolus Robots can open doors and pick up objects. During the epidemic, Boston Dynamics’ Spot, a prominent robotic dog, has been working alongside a bomb squad, oil and gas facilities, and even in hospital settings with its company’s robots.
Over the next five years, Dyson aims to invest about $3.5 billion in new technologies and facilities, with a significant chunk of it going toward expanding its robotics research and development.
At Hullavington Airfield, Dyson says it will build “the UK’s largest, most advanced robot center and bring it to our homes by the end of the decade” by recruiting “the world’s greatest robotics engineers.”