back to article One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot

Video of Dyson's new hoover, sucking away. Dyson is trying out the Apple school of marketing with a teaser video for its newest product, due out on 4 September. The vacuum cleaner and fan manufacturer has popped a 26-second short on its YouTube account that appears to be shot from a camera mounted on the new piece of tech. …

Apple school of marketing?

Clearly a "homage" to the original RoboCop, Shirley?

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Re: Apple school of marketing?

You have 20 seconds to comply ... I am now authorised to use extreme suction.

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Re: Apple school of marketing?

"Dirt or debris, you're coming with me."

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"You have 20 seconds to comply ... I am now authorised to use extreme suction."

Said no married women anywhere.........

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Giggle of the day award to you sir.

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Re: Apple school of marketing?

List directives:

1> HOOVER THE PUBLIC SPACE

2> COLLECT THE INNOCENT BOTTLES

3> PICKUP THE 'SLAW

4> (CLASSIFIED)

"It's time to clean up."

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Re: Apple school of marketing?

Clearly they have taken a page out of the Robo Cop film and have borged some poor housemaid who has had a near fatal accident with her mop.

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Re: Apple school of marketing?

@doogs

Clarence Boddicker, you're coming with me, dead or alive.

Priceless film.

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Re: Apple school of marketing?

I'D BUY THAT FOR A DOLLAR!

BTW, thumbups to all of the replies.

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the British firm is working on a robot hoover

About time we had something to help us clean up these bloody robots.

Can hardly move for the buggers.

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Or is it

a toy hovercraft like the one that (briefly) appears in the vid?

Either way, it will will either suck or blow in equal measure.

And stop calling him Shirley.

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Hope its better than the DC01

That both sucks and blows at the same time but not it the way you'd want of a vacuum cleaner.*

* To be fair it's fine so long as you empty it when half full, change the filter every time (washable thankfully) and change the HEPA filter twice a year. Got a soon-to-be-banned 2kW Miele now.

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This will be great

Assuming you have a floor which is already almost clear of obstacles, of course.

I, on the other hand, have something called a 'child'.

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Re: This will be great

with a sufficiently powerful suction motor, the 'child' will cease to be a problem. Subsequently you will have more sleep and far more money left in your pocket.

(I never quite got this 'child' business meself but some people seem quite fond of them).

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Re: This will be great

Last attempt with a roomba ended with cat (24lbs / 1.7 stone / 10.9kg) jumping from tall bureau onto defenseless roomba which was stopped waiting for help. Lots of plastic breakage and the end of the roomba. Cat was smug.

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Re: This will be great @Kurt 5

> 24lbs / 1.7 stone / 10.9kg

Good god. Main coon?

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Re: This will be great @Kurt 5

Was it waiting for you to dislodge a small vial of ricin?

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Re: This will be great @Kurt 5

Yes -- wonderful cats. They don't think of themselves as cats.

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Re: This will be great @Kurt 5

Roombas don't do well with pet fur. Aforementioned cat and the german shep doomed the roomba. The german shep was convinced not to chomp it after her first reaction to it -- which was to bark, pick it up and shake it.

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Just wait until...

...some guy accidentally falls into it.

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Is a robot Dyson

still a robot hoover?

--> if I have to explain...

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"still a robot hoover?"

...Only if it's not spherical.

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Let's see how far the Apple analogy goes

We'll only know if they succeeded in doing an Apple if in 5 years everyone thinks Dyson invented robot vacuum cleaners, forgetting how the likes of Roomba have been on sale for years now.

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This being Dyson ...

In five years time, Dyson will sue Roomba for patent infringement. Oh wait ... that would be like Apple too.

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Don't tell me - Apple will sue because the Roomba has curved edges?

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I bought a robot hoover once

And now it's just gathering dust. :/

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Re: I bought a robot hoover once

Just as good a joke as it was when you nicked it off Tim Vine... :-)

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/19/tim-vine-your-favourite-joke-hoover-edinburgh-festival

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I'm going to assume the OP knows that Hoover is a brand and competitor to Dyson and used the word tongue in cheek and not simply thinks it is another name for a vacuum cleaner.

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Depends on where you live. In the UK 'hoover' is commonly used as a generic noun for a vacuum cleaner. IIRC, Hoover (the company) has not contested this usage, but if they did, they'd more than likely lose the trademark.

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I own a Hoover. It's a fridge... go figure.

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I think a robot hoover is extremely unlikely. I'll wager it's an updated Omnibot 2000, to bring me tea and Swiss roll on baked beans.

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Advance the design?

It'll be a Big Trak dragging a DC02 around, you watch.

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Robot hoover

I will wager virtual money it is a robot hoover. The video looks like the view of the world though a fisheye lens aimed at the ceiling after the picture has been stretched out into a long thin panorama. I bet this is part of a system for identifying and navigating obsticals and mapping the edge of a room without having to actually feel for it reducing the potential of getting wedged underneath something.

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Robots are highly advanced idiots

My beloved Roomba from 7 years ago had a wonderful spiral algorithm for covering the whole room, that was until it, trod in a cat pooh and methodically smeared it over every square inch of my house. The pooh killed poor Roomba, I hope Mr Dyson has solved this glaring design flaw.

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It'd better be <= 1600 watts.

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James Dyson said in an interview that they've never made a vacuum with an motor that powerful - they rely on efficiency rather than grunt to work.

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Not new

My wife bought one about six years ago. Swedish, running Linux and probably made in China. Will hoover but as it cannot move anything out of the way or reach those spots you actually want to hoover it's just a stupid gimmick. When it stopped to charge it had to go. If I ever mention the thing my wife turns into something I don't want to live with. I you want to help your wife (your self) install a system where you can push in the pipe in the wall close to the floor in every room and the damned thing is so far away that you cannot see it, smell it and most important hear it.

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I bought a Dyson - wouldn't get another one...

I've got one already.

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Re: I bought a Dyson - wouldn't get another one...

Was it in the last place you looked for it?

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My Roomba has never found its way home

It gets lost in the middle of the kitchen and bleeps plaintively.

It's not very good as a cleaner but makes an excellent alarm clock.

Simon

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WTF?

They may make good cleaners...

... but they make crap videos!

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I wonder if version two of their sucking robot will do better than their last one, which was a big and chunky heightweight. I remember seeing it when I worked there between 2003/04 the DC06.

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You are a long way behind. Think about the comparison between the DC02 vacuum of then, compared with the newer ones with digital motor (cylinder or hand-held battery models) as of now.

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I've seen this film...

"Thank god you're here officer. We found a strange rock in the field after the meteor shower. When we opened it, something rolled under the couch. Timmy tried to get it out..."

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I'd buy that for a Dollar!

... but not more than that because the Dysons that I have seen are overpriced, fragile, gaudy tat marketed to rubes.

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Re: I'd buy that for a Dollar!

The video seems to indicate a loose connexion, possibly indicating fragile, gaudy tat.

Sorry, I'll continue to use my completely non-autonomous Miele.

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Not Apple marketing, Valve marketing.

And it worked. I'm curious now.

If that thing talks with a GlaDOS voice, you won't hear my squeal of delight because it will be supersonic.

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Will the battery kill it like the Roomba got killed?

The Roomba got killed because nobody wants to replace a $100 proprietary battery. (Now the Roomba-maker is off making robots for the US military, where cost isn't an object and battery replacement is done to mil-spec.) Roomba batteries die and then the whole device gets thrown away --- if Dyson doesn't address the battery issue, their product will die too --- no matter how whiz-bang it works.

Double-A's Forever!!!

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Re: Will the battery kill it like the Roomba got killed?

Most proprietary batteries are made with standard rechargeable cells into a proprietary package. I found a shop not far away that replaces the standard cells inside proprietary batteries for a fraction of the price of the original battery. It does for many kind of tools.... a lucrative business it looks.

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