Dyson patents stair-climbing and drawer-opening robot designs

Dyson patents stair-climbing and drawer-opening robot designs
Dyson's patent application depicts a robot that can climb and clean stairs. UK Intellectual Property Office
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According to new filings, premium vacuum company Dyson has patented designs for robots that appear to be able to climb and clean stairs as well as open drawers. It’s unclear whether the designs are for new products or ideas that have been put on hold, but Bloomberg reports that Dyson’s robotic unit has been working on a robot that can interact with other home appliances. It’s unclear whether it’s the robot hand, the stair-climbing robot, or another product entirely at this point.

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The patents, which were published in the United Kingdom on September 1st, show two designs: a “robotic device with tri-star wheels and actuated arm” that can climb and clean steps (a stair-climbing vacuum sounds like a great idea), and a “robot hand” that is shown in drawings with the patent application holding a mug (and which is making me envision it bringing me a cup of coffee at this early hour).

A drawing of a robot hand holding a cup as depicted in a Dyson patent. Credit: UK Intellectual Property Office

Of course, the usual caveats about patents apply; companies file for many patents that may never result in a consumer product, and Bloomberg reports that Dyson has filed for patents on everything from a “dental treatment device” (aka a toothbrush) to an air purifier/headphone device.

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On Sunday, Dyson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. However, a spokesperson for the company told Bloomberg that “we file a lot of patents” and that the company does not comment on technologies that it “may or may not launch in the future.”

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