Dyson’s new AR feature shows where you have (and haven’t) vacuumed | TechCrunch

Dyson’s new AR feature shows where you have (and haven’t) vacuumed | TechCrunch

Had it been announced exactly a week earlier, it would have been easy to mistake it for some corporate April Fools' Day. Dyson, however, assures us that augmented reality vacuuming is real and coming in June – a little late for spring cleaning, sadly.

When it starts in summer, Clean trace will be available for Dyson Gen5detect system. The press photos belie the technology a bit, as it will be developed on a phone rather than an Apple Vision Pro or MetaQuest headset. While it seems like heads-up AR like this would be possible, one ultimately questions how many people want to vacuum with a computer on their head.

This system is a bit silly and unnecessary, but that's the fun of it, no? This isn't going to tip anyone on the fence about a $700 ultra-premium vacuum, but it hardly is. The funniest thing ever Dyson showed the world.

The company says the feature was inspired by its own robot vacuum mapping. “We realized we could all learn a thing or two from our robot vacuum cleaning methods,” notes Dyson VP of Engineering Charlie Park. “Unlike most human cleaners, Dyson robots know where they are in the room, where they've been, and where they need to go now.”

In the demo, the system creates a purple (Dyson's color) overlay, which shows the space leading up to that point. The goal is to change the entire room to that color, to make sure you hit all the spots, rather than relying on your technically old eyes.

As someone who vacuums almost every morning I believe Dyson when it notes, “Our research shows that consumers overestimate the amount of time they spend cleaning regularly – statistically It turns out that about 80% of cleaning sessions last less than 10 minutes, yet people claim they vacuum for about 80% of cleanings, averaging 24 minutes per session.

What this statement ultimately boils down to is that most people hate vacuuming, because most people hate housework. Thus, we dramatically overestimate the amount of time we spend on it each day. And hey, if CleanTrace can save a little time and make the process more efficient, then good on it. Should it ultimately prove popular with consumers, the gap could close. Gamification Are you so far away?

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