A vacuum cleaning robot which navigates itself around the home could mark the end of one of the less popular domestic chores when it goes on sale early next year.
Dyson’s DC06 uses sensors to work out the most efficient cleaning path around a room, avoiding pets, children and stairs.
It uses the same dual cyclone suction method as Dyson’s existing range of vacuum cleaners, which have taken 52% of the UK market since their launch in 1993.
The wheels are driven by independent brushless motors and powered by battery packs which run for 30 minutes before needing a one-hour recharge.
At £2,500, the DC06 costs 10 times as much as a conventional Dyson cleaner. But company founder James Dyson believes greater efficiency and convenience should result in global sales of around 100,000 in its first year.