Honestly, I’m too tired to clean my house. I used to take pride in owning the cleanest and brightest house in the neighborhood. But then I had a daughter, and everything disappeared as I struggled to make up the little time left for me to continue my hobby of building mechanical keyboards.
So I’m pretty sure I belong in the target population with Dyson’s new robotic vacuum cleaner, capable of climbing stairs. Bloomberg article Confirms That the vacuum cleaner manufacturer has been developing a robotic vacuum cleaner for 16 years that can clean and climb stairs at the same time. Details revealed in little Patents Released this week, they show the Dyson robot can hold cups and open drawers. The only thing that isn’t clear is whether this project is still in the production and planning stage, or if it’s just an idea thought up later.
Dyson often works on projects a little beyond his usual focus. from hair conditioners Even ToothbrushesAt Dyson, it looks like they’re destined to take over your house. Keep in mind that the stair climbing robot has not yet been confirmed as a real product.
“We’ve filed for a lot of patents,” a Dyson spokesperson told Bloomberg. “But we never comment on what technologies we may or may not release in the future.”
From the looks of the UK patent, the Dyson robot vacuum will not be a creepy anthropomorphic robot. According to the schematics, it looks almost like an old vacuum cleaner only with wheels instead of extendable legs and arms.
I’m usually skeptical of all these future robots that come to make our lives easier. But at the same time, I want a vacuum cleaner that can go upstairs. In the patent appears details explaining the ability to “grab” the levers of the vacuum cleaner, although it does indicate that they are there to “control the direction” of the device. But given that she’s supposed to be able to grab a cup, I’d like to see her push the dining-room chair aside or flatten a rug. My biggest battle with robotic vacuum cleaners today is that you still have to monitor what they’re doing to make sure they don’t get stuck under furniture or in doll hair your beloved daughter left on the floor.
I’m willing to deal with this if it means my robot vacuum can go down to the living room, turn around, and then go upstairs to clean the rest of the house. However, I will probably have to wait several generations before I can buy such a high-end vacuum cleaner.
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