Dyson Launches New Robovac With Alexa Support
Vacuum cleaner giant, Dyson, has unveiled its second robotic vacuum the ‘360 Heurist’, featuring LED-assisted ‘night vision’ and voice control via Amazon’s Alexa.
The product succeeds Dyson’s ‘360 Eye’ robovac, and will launch in China November this year.
International pricing and availability is yet to be confirmed, however, commentators predict it’ll be around US$800.
The new 360 Heurist comes nearly three years after Dyson’s first robovac, which received much criticism and generally poor reviews.
In the United States, the 360 Eye robovac is no longer listed on Dyson’s website.Despite a derivative design, the new 360 Heurist incorporates a quad-core 1.4GHz processor, which claims to be 20 times faster than the former model
Dyson claims the hardware picks up 60% more information about a users’ environment, reducing obstacle bump-ins by half.
Commentators question whether the model will be slim enough to fit under sofa and cabinets – a common gripe with its predecessor.
A new LED ring around the robovac’s top camera claims to provide assistance in the dark, with eight LED lights offering boosted vision where other robovacs may struggle.
The 360 Heurist features three suction power settings, and claims to offer a better clean than Dyson’s first model.
The device pledges 20% more suction power, despite using the same 78,000 rpm Dyson V2 digital motor.
Nylon bristles have also been bumped up (from 5,468 to 6,947) for a faster more efficient carpet clean.
Similar to the other new-age robovacs, the 360 Heurist is compatible with voice commands – currently restricted to Amazon’s Alexa, or China’s Tmall’s Genie assistant.
The news comes as competition within the global robovac market continues to intensify, with existing rivals such as Neato, iRobot, LG and Samsung, plus new entrants such as Chinese Ecovacs Robotics.