Dyson wants to build a robotic vacuum cleaner that can scale and clean your stairs, new patents suggest. Founded by entrepreneur James Dyson, the company is no stranger to innovation … for example, its latest vacuum contains a laser that illuminates dust and dirt that is invisible to the human eye.
The latest patent unearthed by the TechRadar team shows a three-wheeled design in a “tri-star” configuration. It’s this wriggling spinner-like design that allows the vacuum cleaner to climb up the stairs. A mechanical arm is also attached to the back of the vacuum cleaner to help it crawl (it should also prevent it from rolling backwards and also breaking at the base of your stairs).
Dyson launched its first robotic vacuum cleaner in 2014 called the Dyson 360 Eye. It relied on tank steps to scroll through your rooms and uses a companion app on iPhone and Android to schedule cleaning, tweak settings, and more. As the name suggests, it was able to offer 360 degree viewing angles to help you find the best route. IP sensors were used to prevent the vacuum from hitting your furniture.
The successor model, the Dyson 360 Heurist, was launched in 2019 and is still available now. It has a very similar design to the first entry in the series, but adds LED lights to help the camera see distances and shapes in dimly lit or dark rooms.
Of course, there is no guarantee that this stair climbing system will be included in the next version of the Dyson 360. Huge multinational companies like Dyson are constantly researching, testing, and patenting new technologies … but not all of them make it into end products. This could be because the technology is too expensive, difficult to manufacture at the scales required for sale in countries around the world, or it is not yet working well enough to be even picked up.
Eventually, Dyson had hoped to launch its first robotic vacuum cleaner, the DC06, in 2001, but it was famously pulled out of production by James Dyson who believed it was still too heavy and too slow.
When TechRadar brought up the patent, a Dyson spokesman said, “We file a lot of patents, but we never comment on technologies that we may or may not bring to market in the future.”
Although robotic vacuums are already very popular and brands like Roomba are now well known, none could climb a humble staircase. For those who live in houses, this can be a problem as the idea of buying two models, one for the ground floor and one for each floor, is quite expensive just to avoid the hassle of vacuuming.
And that does not solve the problem of cleaning stairs itself.
With luck, this latest innovation from Dyson will hit the market very soon, enabling robotic vacuums that can travel anywhere in the house.