(Pocket-lint) - Dyson introduced its second robot vacuum in late 2018 and it has now been launched in the UK after an initial launch in China as well as some other countries such as Canada and Germany.
Instead, other countries have had to make do with Dyson's original robot vacuum, the 360 Eye which remains an expensive option for its age - it was first debuted in 2014 with a UK launch in 2016.
But that wasn't the first robot vac Dyson had worked on. In 1998, a team was established at Dyson to work on a robot cleaner, resulting in the DC06, which looked very Dyson in design. But it never made it to market - Dyson wasn't happy with the performance and so spent 15 years (yes, really) developing the 360-degree navigation system seen in the Dyson 360 Eye.
Other companies have forged ahead in the robot vacuum space, like Neato, Roborock and Samsung and it'll be interesting to see what Dyson does next in this space.
What does the 360 Heurist offer?
Dyson claims that the 360 Heurist offers a 20 percent suction improvement over the predecessor, the 360 Eye. The navigation and connectivity has also been improved alongside other physical refinements - stiffer brush bar bristles, for example.
Like other robot vacs, it learns the layout of your home as it goes. Dyson calls this Intelligent Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM) tech, but it is pretty standard within the robot vacuum market now.
You can create zones and customise your robot’s behaviour in each one. There are eight LEDs on top of the robot that help it navigate in low light.
Other Dyson 360 Heurist features
What it's powered by
The 360 Heurist is powered by the Dyson V2 motor, spinning at 78,000rpm. You can change the level of power in the app - see below - between three modes, quiet, high and max.
Obviously, max will result in a shorter run time as it uses more power. On quiet mode the cleaner will give you up to 75 minutes of cleaning.
Like other Dyson gear including lighting and fans, the 360 Heurist can be scheduled using the Dyson Link app which connects to your phone via Bluetooth. The cleaner connects to your Wi-Fi network, too.
The app is also how you get software updates and see status updates. You can also set cleaning zones using the app - as well as the 360 Heurist's behaviour in each one.
The cleaner remembers where it's been previously and learns the layout of your home over time resulting in more efficient cleaning.
Dyson claims that the 360 Heurist can clean edge-to-edge, which is where a lot of other robot vacuums fall down - other vendors have spoken previously about how they deal with this though. Neato, in particular, has specifically designed its semi-circular cleaner to get into corners.
The brush bar is the full width of the machine and can be lifted for rooms with rugs, for example. The 7,000 bristles are much thicker than previously.
Controls on top of the 360 Heurist show its status and indicate low battery levels, blockages and Wi-Fi connectivity status.
The latest robot has 20 times the memory of the 360 Eye (10GB) so it can retain maps of your home and keep learning from them.
Prototype test rigs of the Heurist have covered more than 2,137km. During testing, the on and off switch is also subjected to 15,600 punches, according to Dyson.
Picking up all particles
The Radial Root Cyclone tech used in the Heurist is based on Dyson's full-size and cord-free vacuum tech. The filtration can capture allergens and particles as small as 0.3 microns 2, to expel cleaner air.