Through this technology, Dyson machines can make the invisible, visible. Dyson purifiers, for instance, sense and capture pollution, informing owners about the air quality in their homes and informing future product development; the latest Dyson Gen5detect vacuum counts and sizes microscopic particles giving a precise assessment to the user, as well as indicating areas of dust and dirt on the floor – a quantum leap from the more mechanical Dyson products 10 years ago.
A 10-year software journey, and beyond
In the past decade, Dyson has grown the software and connectivity team to more than 10 times its original size in the UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, China and Poland. This growth in expertise reflects Dyson’s focus on advancing the intelligence and “brain” of Dyson machines. This work stretches beyond software; Dyson’s data scientists, robotics, electronics hardware and machine learning engineers, alongside software, work together and make up a significant and growing proportion of the company’s total engineering team – 45% of early career engineers at Dyson work in software-based teams.
Software used to be about controlling individual components but now it is critical across every function of Dyson tech. Embedded software, app and cloud development, and layers of onboard software – algorithms, machine learning, artificial intelligence – on Dyson products enable them to do sophisticated things beyond mechanics, a core area where the business has developed over the past 10 years. All you could do with Dyson’s first vacuum was turn the motor on. Now Dyson vacuums tell you about your battery life and adjust their energy use depending on your floor type, thanks to a myriad of onboard sensors, electronics hardware and software.
CASE STUDY: Educating on your pollution exposure
Six years ago, Dyson connected its first purifying fan, allowing the consumer to monitor the real-time air quality in their home for the first time, on screen and in app. These machines have since gathered indoor pollution data from around the world, driving a new generation of machines and understanding of air quality in the home. Dyson engineers use this data, sensed by more than 4 million smart Dyson purifiers, to map indoor air quality worldwide. A live track of connected machines means Dyson can see pollution events occurring and its purifiers can educate on personal exposure. Dyson engineers believe they are the first and only in the world able to alert people about pollution events in their local areas, such as wildfires or sandstorms, based on air quality data from Dyson purifiers. 200 million air quality signals are sent from the purifiers to Dyson engineers each day, informing future research and educating on personal exposure.
The upcoming Dyson Zone will use this technology to monitor and purify air in your personal space, on the go. The Dyson Zone is connected and the MyDyson app will provide real-time air quality and noise pollution data, and weekly pollution trend reports, helping to educate and empower individuals to take meaningful action and reduce pollution exposure.