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Dyson announces its new robot vacuum, the 360 Heurist

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Dyson is back with some updates to its three-year-old robot vacuum, the 360 Eye. The 360 Heurist was announced in Beijing today, and it brings new features like a quad-core 1.4GHz processor and eight LEDs around the top camera to help guide it in dark rooms, according to Engadget.

The new processor is said to be 20 times faster than its predecessor, which helps the machine pick up 60 percent more details about its environment. This, in turn, is supposed to help the robot avoid bumping into furniture by 50 percent. In addition to a higher nylon bristle count, Dyson also claims the vacuum has 20 percent more suction power than the original 360 Eye, although both use the same 78,000 rpm Dyson V2 digital motor.

There are three suction power settings, so the runtime varies from 40 to 80 minutes. Like its predecessor, the robot can be controlled via a companion app, but the 360 Heurist has also added voice assistant capabilities. In China, it can be controlled via the Tmall Genie, Alibaba’s competitor to the Echo.

So far, it’s set to launch in China in November for 5,490 yuan (about $800). There’s no word yet on whether it’ll be available globally. Right now, it looks like Dyson has stopped offering the old model on its website, and it’s only available through other shops like Best Buy or eBay. Maybe it’s a sign of what’s to come.