New Dyson robot vacuum has 360-degree SLAM camera tech

I'm tempted to get one just to play with the sensors for possible drone use. From the announcement: "This unique 360° vision system uses complex mathematics, probability theory, geometry and trigonometry to map and navigate a room. So it knows where it is, where it’s been and where it’s yet to clean.I don't know exactly what this means, but I like the sound of it! 

From Core77: "Coupled with infrared sensors that detect obstacles, data is generated. Some 31 Dyson robotic software engineers spent north of 100,000 R&D hours figuring out how to turn that data into a mapping and navigation system, accurate to "within mm," that sets the machine on a minimal-overlap, lawnmower-like course."

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 4, 2014 at 9:34pm

So your not interested in getting the hoovering done then? I've been talking to some school groups and mowing the lawn and cleaning the floor are the ways I suggest they are going to have a robot in the home sooner than they think.

I always wonder why they don't do something like the hoover factory did close to my parents in Somerset and add some eyes. Their sales went through the roof when they added them. The Dyson job does not look like it wants to be my friend.

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on September 5, 2014 at 2:35am

I got the Neato XV running in my workshop and it does a great job. Neato was the first company to do active room scanning and path planning using a laser range finder, instead of the brute force pattern attack used by the more well known Roomba robot vacuums.

It's interesting just to watch the XV it action. Especially if you place something new on the floor, and watch it detect the object and pause for a a short while to think about it and compute a new path before continuing. Looks very organic.

Comment by Bill Bonney on September 5, 2014 at 5:30am
"Dyson says it has registered around 420 patents and patent applications worldwide for the 360 Eye." That's going to make integrating the Eye technology into Open Source projects interesting.
Comment by Greg Nuspel on September 5, 2014 at 6:05am

Patents are becoming the death of innovation.

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on September 5, 2014 at 7:12am

"are becoming"?

We are decades past when patents stopped being a incentive to protect inventors, and instead become a tool for big corporations to combat competition (aka innovation).

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on September 5, 2014 at 8:20am

I don't generally have a good perception of Dyson engineering.  Seems like more hype than fact generally.  But it would be interesting to see if this thing actually works.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on September 5, 2014 at 10:11am

I don't really understand patents. I see stuff made by person A and then person B with a big wallet invents it.

Comment by John Hestness on September 5, 2014 at 5:57pm

It looks like they kicked Roomba's butt.  The tracks look effective and the whole vacuuming system looks more serious. All this serious effectiveness must need a substantial battery, it will be interesting to find out what kind and size battery it uses. If the vision system works in most lighting conditions and doesn't get tripped up by changing lighting conditions then I think they may have a winner. Of course Dyson no doubt will start out with a very serious price for this machine.  

Shouldn't a robot have actual eyes as apposed to sticker eyes?  I don't know, maybe it's best to stay miles away from the uncanny valley... 

Comment by F. C. Bearsch on September 5, 2014 at 7:39pm

So if we made this DIY style, and used a firecape and a BBB, ran the rover code, we could then plug in a HD webcam run it through Recap 360 to generate a point cloud, this probably would have to require a bit of desktop computer companion trickery. Then we need to map the floor, but is this not something that I may be able to crib from my that old computer program called Logo?   Maybe a Pixhawk firecape crowd funded campaign is not to far off!

Comment by F. C. Bearsch on September 5, 2014 at 7:43pm

Any one have anything specific on the EYE patents? 


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