Dyson is attempting to develop robots that can assist with domestic duties in addition to vacuum cleaners and hand dryers. The business has revealed plans to build a significant robotics centre at its Hullavington Airfield location in Wiltshire, which would focus on developing new types of home robots.
250 robotics engineers will work at the facility. Dyson already has robotic vacuum cleaners on the market.
The company was founded in the United Kingdom and is currently headquartered in Singapore.
Dyson claims to be significantly invested in developing new technologies, with engineers, scientists, and coders accounting for half of the 2,000 new employees hired this year.
It’s also looking for robotics experts with experience in computer vision, machine learning, sensors, and “mechatronics,” among other fields.
In a video presented at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Philadelphia, the business showed off some of its work.
Robot arms are seen briefly picking up plates, a bottle of detergent, and a soft toy, although it is unclear what kind of commercial gadgets this research will lead to. Dyson has been seeking to diversify its product offering.
It made its first foray into wearable technology recently, but its over-ear headphones with an air-purifying mouth visor received mixed reviews online, with phrases like “odd-looking” and “dystopian” being used to describe them.
And some of the company’s forays into new fields have proven commercially unviable, most recently in 2019 when it abandoned an electric-car initiative.
(Adapted from BBC.com)