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Norfolk-born inventor Sir James Dyson invests £5m in robot technology to help with household chores

PUBLISHED: 13:37 09 February 2014 | UPDATED: 13:37 09 February 2014

Sir James Dyson. Picture: DAVID PARRY/PA WIRE

Sir James Dyson. Picture: DAVID PARRY/PA WIRE

Cromer-born inventor and businessman Sir James Dyson is reported to have invested £5m to develop robot cleaners to help with household chores.

Sir James, who is an ex-pupil of Gresham’s School, Holt, is understood to be putting the money into a new laboratory at Imperial College, London.

Up to 15 scientists will be hired to work on developing robot vision systems which Sir James hopes will lead to the creation of robot-controlled vacuum cleaners, according to The Guardian.

Sir James, 66, who lives in Gloucestershire, most famously invented the first bagless vacuum cleaner, the Dual Cyclone Dyson, a quantum leap in vacuum cleaning technology.

He is known to have been working on a robot vacuum cleaner at his Malmesbury headquarters and research centre for nearly a decade and has said that the plan was to create “practical everyday technologies that will make our lives easier.”

According to the most recent Sunday Times Rich List Sir James is worth £3bn.

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  • Ready for his Chinese factories and manufacturing facillities to built it further increasing the foreign exchange imbalance, but hey, what does it matter really the foreign exchange rates have been fixed and the bank of England knew it, just as the libor rate. Its time this sordid kind of business changes. If Sir Dyson wants to sell his equipment here, why should he not be required to show some social responsibilities and manufacture here as well? not just empower science and design here. Now that the red tape has disappeared and you can cover acres of good farmland under glass with no questions asked, he'd surely find some common ground at home, space to wriggle?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

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