Dyson, the company best known for the Hoover, has unveiled a 'top-secret' project more than a decade in the making: an army of super-smart robots capable of performing household chores.
The company, founded by Sir James Dyson, has unveiled photographs and videos of some of its incredible robot prototypes, which can clean furniture, pick up toys off the floor, and even unstack the dishes.
Dyson says it has been working on the robots for around 10 years in partnership with Imperial College London. The reason it has finally gone public is because it wants to hire 700 robotics engineers to help build its army of androids.
Dyson's Chief Engineer and multi-millionaire heir to the Dyson empire, Jake Dyson, shows off how the robots work in the impressive video of the company's 'arm room'.
At one point he shows a robotic arm mapping an armchair in 3D. "So this means I'll never ever find crisps down the back of my sofa again. Ever."
As well as running four robotics facilities in the UK, Dyson will also open an additional office in Singapore to help build a "robot brain".
Engineers show off how robust the robots are by shoving their arms and showing them bounce back.
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Dyson added: "Dyson employed its first roboticist 20 years ago and this year alone we are seeking 250 more experts for our team.
"This is a ‘big bet’ on future robotic technology that will drive research across the whole of Dyson, in areas including mechanical engineering, vision systems, machine learning and energy storage. We need the very best people in the world to come and join us now."
Up until now, Dyson has only sold robot vacuum cleaners. Resembling Roomba robots, these 'puck-shaped' robots are good at cleaning floors, but it might take one of Dyson's top-secret androids to tackle hoovering the stairs.
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