Dyson took another crack in the US robot vacuum market after the failure of the Dyson 360 Eye — which it launched in 2016 and then quickly stopped selling here, saying it was “unsuitable for American homes.” (The follow-up model, the 360 Heurist, didn’t make it here at all.) Now, Dyson is introducing the Dyson 360 Vis Nav robot vacuum. Shorter and slimmer than its predecessors, Vis Nav is designed to work better in our complex American homes. It still has the extra long brush and square shape of the 360 line, but adds more suction power and faster processing.
Dyson also announced five other new products: its first-ever attempt at a mopping vacuum – the Dyson Submersible with a wet spinning head; 5th Generation Premium Wireless Wand – Dyson Gen5detect ($949) and Dyson Gen5outsize ($1,049); And two giant indoor air purifiers – the Dyson Purifier Big + Quiet Formaldehyde and the Dyson Purifier HEPA Big + Quiet Formaldehyde. Dyson hasn’t provided pricing or launch dates for any models other than the Gen5 vacuum cleaners, which will be released on June 6th.
As a Dyson product, we can expect the Vis Nav to be quite pricey. The Dyson 360 Eye launched in 2016 for $999. We also expect you to be innovative. But from the details Dyson has provided, which aren’t many, it appears the company is going for power and precision on the amazing new features.
There’s no option to sweep or self-empty, which we’ve seen on a lot of new robot vacuums today, and it doesn’t seem to have AI obstacle avoidance (just regular debris avoidance). But Dyson says the Vis Nav has twice the suction power of any other robotic vacuum and a “high-level processor” that “thinks and adapts” to the data it collects from 26 sensors to avoid obstacles, detect dust, and find walls. It also has a side-trigger brush that allows for a “precise edge clean”. Combined with his square head that can get close to edges and corners, this should mean he can get into those tricky spots that other, more rounded robo-works might miss.
The other big change is the smaller size. Dyson didn’t provide any specifications but says the Vis Nav can slide under furniture up to 3.9 inches. The original eye height was 4.72 inches, which is too long to fit under most sofas or beds. Unfortunately, it’s still blue, which is a bold, and dare we say, bad choice for a product that’s already in people’s homes.
As with previous models, the Vis Nav has an extra-long brush that extends the length of the vacuum—most motorized vacuums work with a small brush right in the middle. The brush also has three surfaces to help pick up debris: soft “fluffy” nylon for larger debris, antistatic carbon fiber strands for fine dust, and stiff nylon bristles for digging into carpet.
Dyson uses its own version of simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) technology to figure out how to navigate your home, powered by a tiny camera on the top of the robot surrounded by LEDs to help it see in the dark.
The Vis Nav will work with the MyDyson app, have a 50-minute runtime, and will automatically return to its charging base. The company did not provide any other details, such as the size of the box, the size of the battery, or any information on software features such as maps or no-go zones. You can sign up for updates on new products at Dyson website.
Of course, Dyson is best known for its regular vacuums, which are still a must-have even if you have a robotic vacuum—robot vacuums still can’t make stairs. Dyson’s latest vacuums, the Gen5detect and Gen5outsize, are Dyson’s fifth generation cordless vacuums. Hyperdemium engine. This is “smaller, faster and more powerful than its predecessors,” according to Dyson. And according to Dyson, the new models are also capable of “catching viruses from your home.”
The Dyson Submarine is the company’s first wet vacuum cleaner. Its wet roller head can clean wet spills like ketchup and milk, as well as remove dust and stains from hardwood floors. Attached to the Dyson V15s Detect Submarine and Dyson V12s Detect Slim Submarine, the drum head contains a small 300ml clean water tank and a separate waste water tank with a motorized microfiber roller for scrubbing. Both models will also ship with standard vacuum heads, however, Dyson says the submarine attachment won’t work on existing vacuums.
Finally, the new Dyson Purifier Big + Quiet Formaldehyde (meaning it claims to trap and destroy formaldehyde, as well as 99.97 percent of other pollutants) is a smart air purifier designed for the large, open-plan spaces of your home. With a completely different design from Dyson’s other tall and slim fan/purifier models, the Big + Quiet uses new ‘cone aerodynamics’ to project its purifying powers over 32 feet. There’s also a Dyson Purifier HEPA Big + Quiet Formaldehyde designed for shared commercial spaces – which will be a conversation piece in the office.
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