MAX CONZE, CEO of Dyson, doesn’t care that Silicon Valley giants like Apple and Google’s Waymo have abandoned plans to make their own cars. That’s their problem.
NO AUTOMAKER LIKES hearing someone refer to one of its vehicles as an “appliance.” In an industry that trades on passion and excitement, reducing a car to the equivalent of a toaster or microwave—utilitarian, mundane—feels like failure.
SIR JAMES DYSON does not lack ambition. In an e-mail to the staff of his electrical-appliance company on September 26th he reiterated his long-held desire to “find a solution to the global problem of air pollution”.
Dyson has unveiled plans to develop and build its own electric car by 2020, gatecrashing the existing market and promising to hire hundreds of people in the UK.
Welcome to our second annual Robot Holiday Gift Guide. We’ve rounded up 11 robots that will be great gifts for the neat freaks, wannabe coders, toy lovers, and drone fanatics on your holiday shopping list.
Most of the robots on the list were introduced in 2016, but there’s a couple old favorites that we just had to include. What robots are on your wishlist?
The future is a funny place to live. A few years ago, I bought a lamp controlled by Wi-Fi. “No more getting up and switching things on for me!” I thought, smugly. It was only once I’d bought the lamp that I realised how tedious it is to get your phone out, unlock it, swipe through to the right app, open it, select the correct lamp and switch it on every evening.
A high tech robot vacuum cleaner launched today is so complex it comes with a personal engineer to set it up.
For Sir James Dyson ’s latest smart appliance – yours for a wallet-busting £800 – needs a boffin to give big spenders a home demonstration and advice on how it works.