Watch out, Roomba. Dyson might be nipping at your heels. The British technology company, best known for its line of high-end bagless vacuum cleaners, has released a short video cryptically teasing a disk-shaped, floor-hugging device that certainly could pass for a robotic vacuum cleaner. The 25-second video is titled “Dyson project N223: what new technology is ready for launch?” It flashes the date of Sept. 4, which is presumably when the company will unveil the product. Dyson developed a robotic vacuum cleaner, the DC06, in 2001 but never released it, saying it was too heavy and expensive. Earlier this year, Dyson announced an $8.2 million collaboration with Imperial College London to develop video camera-equipped robots that can “process visual information in real time” and be “used more effectively in our homes.”
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