Robots for the home
Dyson has announced plans to develop domestic robots to help around the home. A major robotics department has been set up by the firm at its research facility at Hallavington Airfield in Wiltshire. As noted, the site will employ 250 robotics engineers.
The British-based firm, headquartered in Singapore, is actively recruiting robotics engineers in a variety of areas, including computer vision, machine learning, telemetry and mechatronics.
The first production model of Dyson's domestic robot will hit the market tentatively in 2030 the company describes the machine as 'an autonomous device for household chores and other tasks'. Dyson unveiled the new direction of work at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Philadelphia, where a video was shown.
The prototypes presented demonstrate the manufacturer's achievements in fine motor manipulator technology: robotic limbs take plates off the dryer, vacuum furniture and pick up children's toys.
Dyson regularly tries to expand its product range to shed its image as a manufacturer of hairdryers, hoovers and ventilators. The company has recently taken its first step into the field of wearable technology by introducing air-cleaning canopy headphones to the market. It is worth noting that this product has received mixed reviews online.
A number of the firm's attempts to occupy other niches have proved commercially unviable. In 2019, for example, it abandoned the development of its own electric car.