Apple school of marketing?
Clearly a "homage" to the original RoboCop, Shirley?
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. …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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