Feeds

James Dyson plans ROBOT ARMY to take over the world

Gadget boffin wants an android doing the ironing and washing up in every home

High performance access to file storage

British vacuum cleaner wizard James Dyson is sticking £5m into a new project with Imperial College London (ICL) designed to produce robots that can help out with household chores.

His eponymous company will stump up some of the cash for the lab over five years, with another £3m coming from elsewhere. Some 15 scientists, including a few of Dyson’s own boffins, will be hired to work on the ‘bots, according to the BBC.

"My generation believed the world would be overrun by robots by the year 2014. We now have the mechanical and electronic capabilities, but robots still lack understanding - seeing and thinking in the way we do,” said Dyson, according to the Beeb.

"Mastering this will make our lives easier and lead to previously unthinkable technologies."

The project will apparently be led by professor Andrew Davison, a long-time Dyson collaborator and current head of robot vision at ICL’s department of computing.

He said the team’s R&D efforts would be focused on systems which “allow machines to both understand and perceive their surroundings - using vision to achieve it”.

Dyson’s efforts in the robot space could put the plucky British company up against the might of web giant Google, and the ever-inventive forward thinkers of Japan.

The Chocolate Factory has been not-so-quietly hovering up companies in the space, first buying military robotics firm Boston Dynamics in December, and then snapping up London-based AI firm DeepMind Technologies last month.

However, it’s Japan where research into robots appears most advanced – being built to do everything from play rock, paper, scissors to keeping astronauts company in space.

There’s even a pretty creepy fembot restaurant in Tokyo’s red light district of Kabukicho.®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
Helium seeps from Falcon 9 first stage, delays new legs for NASA robonaut
Solar-powered aircraft unveiled for round-the-world flight
It's going to be a slow and sleepy flight for the pilots
Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'
Plans to annex Earth's satellite with permanent base by 2030
KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline
Surfers are safe, crustaceans less so
LOHAN's Punch and Judy show relaunches Thursday
Weather looking good for second pop at test flights
New FEMTO-MOON sighted BIRTHING from Saturn's RING
Icy 'Peggy' looks to be leaving the outer rings
Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years
Alloy, Alloy: Boffins in speed-classification breakthrough
Curiosity finds not-very-Australian-shaped rock on Mars
File under 'messianic pastries' and move on, people
Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully
Clandestine NRO spacecraft sets off on its unknown mission
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.