Dyson has announced plans to create a major robotics centre at its facility at Hullavington Airfield, in Wiltshire, that will work on new types of domestic robot.
The site will be home to 250 robotics engineers. Dyson already produces robotic vacuum cleaners and they plan to move forward, developing more robots that are capable of helping with household chores.
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Founded in the UK, the company is now headquartered in Singapore. Dyson says it is investing heavily in developing new technology – and half of the 2,000 people to have joined the company this year are engineers, scientists or coders.
It is also hiring robotics engineers across disciplines including computer vision, machine learning, sensors and “mechatronics”.
The company revealed glimpses of some of its work, in a video at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation, in Philadelphia.
Robot arms are briefly seen picking up plates, a bottle of detergent and a soft toy – but what kind of commercial devices this work might lead to is not revealed.
Dyson has been attempting to broaden the range of products it offers, we look forward to seeing what they come up with next!