THE DYSON 360 EYE
Say hello to Dyson’s robot vacuum cleaner, the Dyson 360 Eye. More than 10 years and £28 million after its first attempt, Dyson thinks it’s finally cracked the formula.
While it doesn’t resolve all the inherent issues with robot vacs, it’s the first model I’d happily recommend to a friend. It’s powerful enough to clean well on all surfaces, smart enough to navigate efficiently, and simple enough for anyone to use.
DYSON 360 EYE – DESIGN & FEATURES
Setting up the Dyson 360 Eye is easy. Just plug in the pleasingly discreet A4-size charging dock, drop in the already assembled robot vac and, when it’s charged, hit the button on its top to start cleaning.
Okay, there’s a little more to it than that. You’ll need to make your home robot-proof first, by which I mean “tidy”, but the instructions are excellent. Things become marginally more complicated when you setup the Dyson Link app – more on that later – but first, let’s take a closer look at the robot itself.
The Dyson 360 Eye is a neat little unit: smaller, yet taller, than rivals. It’s slightly narrower than an iPad Air and about as tall as seven DVD cases stacked on top of one another; it’s small enough to go places that most robot vacs can’t. On the flip side, it’s too tall to fit under the majority of sofas and beds – it managed to get under my bed, but sofas are out of the question.
But it isn’t this Dyson’s size that’s the most interesting design feature, it’s the 360-degree camera that inspires the name. It transforms this robot from a glorified dodgem to a self-driving dust-sucker of doom.
With one or two exceptions, robot vacs rely on a “bump and move” approach to get around: they bump into things, then find a way around them. Sensors detect steps and some models, such as the Roomba 880, employ acoustic sensors to detect the dirtiest areas. However, they’re essentially blind mice sporting digital whiskers and pre-programmed behaviour.
The Eye 360 isn’t blind. In fact, it sees in every direction simultaneously, which helps it to not only map out where it’s going, but also to avoid obstacles. It still bumps into things now and again, particularly items below its eye line, but the Dyson knows where it’s going in relation to where it’s been. CLICK TO BUY
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