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Will Dyson 360 Eye be the game changer in robot vacuum industry?

Review of: Dyson 360 Eye
Producer:
Dyson

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On December 29, 2015
Last modified:December 29, 2015

Summary:

Dyson's new robovac promises unbeatable performance and efficiency. The sturdy built is meant to last decades, while also offering you the joy of using such a visually appealing product. Will first come in 2 colors: fuchsia and navy blue, but things will definitely change in the near future.

robot-logo-smallThere is no denying, Dyson has changed the cleaning industry forever. Their uprights are some of the best vacuum cleaners in the industry. However, diversification is the key to success. Besides drying and lighting systems, this company is on the verge of releasing a new type of product, the very first of its kind, a robotic vacuum cleaner. The Dyson 360 Eye, as its name suggests, boasts a 360-degree camera that can capture up to 30 frames per second. The robot can orient itself, so it knows exactly where it is, where it has been, and where it needs to go. It is capable of cleaning floors without human assistance. If you are looking for a home or industrial assistance in cleaning, then you should be thinking about the 360 Eye. Since the beginning I must worn you, this product is not yet available for purchase in US, but I would expect it to hit the stores around June, 2016. In fact, you can already get one if you live in Japan.

Specifications

Suction power

The Dyson 360 Eye has more suction power than any other robot vacuum on market. Usually, to create a powerful suction you need a powerful motor. Precisely for that reason Dyson employs a super digital motor called V2, which unlike most powerful motors that are big and heavy, is very light and reliable. This motor uses digital pulse technology which allows it to reach speeds up to 78,000 rpm.

Dyson 360 Eye robot provides enough suction across the width of the machine. In place of flimsy bristles and a side sweeper, it possesses an advanced roll made of 2 types of bristles which work on both hard floors and carpets.

Input power/battery life

The robot has a lithium-ion battery that lasts for around 45 minutes. Not 20 minutes, like they originaly announced, but still, there’s a lot of room for improvement. 45 minutes is not that long, considering that its competitors, Neato Connected and Roomba 980 can clean for at least an hour before needing to be recharged. However, Dyson insists they mainly focused on motor power, unlike other brands who focused on battery life conversation.

Dust capacity

Has a standard bin of 0.1 gallons (13.5 oz.), which is enough to last a couple of days without being emptied.

Filtration system efficiency

The Dyson 360 Eye comes with the Radial Root Cyclone technology, which offers the most compact cyclones. Unlike common cyclones that capture bigger particles, this technology generates high centrifugal force which are able to capture particles as small as pollen grains and mold.

Weight and Dimensions

It weights 5.2 lbs., but auto-docks, so there’s no need to lift it around all the time. Like many other robovacs, it is light and small. In fact, it is smaller in diameter than others. It might still be shorter than other brands although its brush bar stretches across the whole width of the bot. It is also a bit taller at 4.8 inches, thus it might not be able to hoover under your couch to collect those pesky dust bunnies you want to forget about.

Dyson made sure the base of the machine is smooth, and the cleaning bar spares cables or wires laid flat. The team has adjusted the guards on the caterpillar tread wheels so that it does not catch such materials.

Warranty

According to the latest info, the product comes with a 2-year warranty.

Accessories

Accessories and spare parts include the brush bar, the post motor filter and the recharge base. Unfortunately, there’s no word on virtual walls, but I have my fingers crossed you can enable this functionality on your 360 Eye smartphone app.

Special features

The robot vacuum has tank-like track wheels that differentiate it from the pack. Instead of traditional wheels, the 360 Eye has continuous treads that can traverse various flooring surfaces and obstacles with greater ease. Its wide carbon-fiber brush bar can get close to walls and reach other stubborn surfaces without needing side brushes which are very common on other robot vacuums.

Moreover, as I was saying above, you can extend the functioning of your Dyson Eye robot vacuum by using the Dyson Link application. It is the first of its kind to use this technology. The app will be freely available on IOS and Android app stores. It allows the user to control and schedule when and how Dyson Eye robot vacuum cleans. It also enables one to view the maps of its cleaning progress, even when at a far location from home. The application activates your two-year guarantee, automatically downloads software and updates and, should you ever need them, provides access to trouble shooting guides. The app integrates a start, stop, and pause functionality.

Usability

The unique 360 vision system enables it to navigate a room knowing where it is, where it has been or where it is yet to clean which is a phenomenal feature according to many users. The ability to clean a larger area in less time is also a feature that people would love about this product. The Dyson 360 Eye robot vacuum does not chew up cables like most vacuum robots and vacuum cleaners. The link app enables users to schedule the machine to clean and interrupt it while it works if needed.

On a negative note, the vacuum robot has a low battery life. Perhaps more importantly, it is very expensive. It is a high end machine, and many people will not afford it. Last but not least, there are many complains about the product taking too long to be released.

Final comments

robot-logo-smallIn conclusion, the Dyson 360 eye will possibly be the best vacuum robot, we just have to wait and see it. The robot uses various new technologies, including video processing, range sensor readings and Artificial Intelligence. That may explain why it has taken too long to be released, and also the increased public interest. However, the $1200 price tag is pretty prohibitive, as it is more than twice the price of similar products like the Roomba 880 or the Neato Connected. What do you think, is it worth it?

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Michael

Blogger and IT passionate at Best Robo Vac
I'm Michael Down, a gadget addict and I absolutely love (in my spare part of the day), to blog, review and use the latest technological products humanity offers. I'm a full time robotics researcher specialized in robot movement, so I guess I get my groove on from my work.

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