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Dyson’s V15 Detect vacuum uses a green laser to light up your grimy floors

Another year, another new Dyson vacuum. 2021 brings some of the biggest changes we’ve seen in a long time though, which is why the company is jumping from the V11 all the way to V15. Most notably, the new V15 Detect packs a green laser to help you see just how grimy your floors are.

While plenty of vacuums already use LEDs to help you see dirt on your floor, Dyson is trying to one-up everyone by including a much cooler-sounding green laser instead (only available on the ‘Fluffy’ cleaner head meant for hard floors). The laser is precisely angled at 1.5 degrees and 7.2mm off the ground to make dust as visible as possible.

Why green, you ask? Dyson says it provides the best contrast. Which I guess makes sense; a white LED would be hard to see on a light-colored surface, but I’ve never seen anyone with bright green floors.

But it’s not only the light show that gives you a better idea of how clean your floors actually are. The vacuum also includes a new acoustic piezo sensor that actually tells you how much dust you’re picking up. This sensor also allows the vacuum to increase suction when it comes across a large amount of dust. Once levels stabilize, the vacuum’s suction will return to normal.

Dyson goes so far as to show a breakdown of the dust size and quantity on the vacuum’s LCD screen. That’s not something I ever thought I’d want to know, but it’s still pretty cool considering how accurate the sensor claims to be; Dyson says the sensor can detect particles as small as 10 microns — the size of some bacteria.

Aside from letting you know how grimy your floors are with scientific precision, Dyson claims its new vacuum accessories address probably the most annoying problem with vacuum cleaners all around: hair getting tangled in the brush bar.

For its new mini-motorized brush head — meant for cleaning furniture and the like — the company developed a new conical brush bar that is able to spiral hair and fur off into the dust bin rather than allowing it to get tangled and build up over time.

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For its larger brush bar, Dyson is instead using essentially what amounts to a fancy hair comb to collect hair and prevent it from tangling around the brush bar.

But wait, there’s more! After introducing the supersized Dyson Outsize last year meant for giant American homes, Dyson today announced a smaller variant to its vacuum meant for smaller spaces called the Dyson Omni-glide.

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Dyson V15 Detect cordless vacuum uses laser to highlight dust

Dyson is back with a new vacuum cleaner, one that uses laser light to reveal the dust and debris you may otherwise have failed to notice while cleaning. The cordless vacuum, which is called the Dyson V15 Detect, uses an eye-safe green laser light positioned near the floor to highlight the dirt, something the company says is more effective than ordinary LEDs.

According to Dyson, it made the V15 Detect to detect dust measuring down to 10 microns in size. The model packs an acoustic piezo sensor, which enables the vacuum to monitor the size and quantity of dust picked up by the device. The information is then displayed on the V15 Detect’s built-in LCD.

Of course, the most eye-catching aspect of the new Dyson vacuum is the Laser Dust Detection system, which is a green laser positioned 7.3mm above the ground and angled 1.5 degrees downward. The light highlights dust and debris on the ground in a way someone can easily see, Dyson explains.

When combined, the Dyson V15 Detect enables users to see the dirt that needs to be vacuumed and then provides them with stats about it on the vacuum’s LCD. The model is able to automatically adjust its suction level when it encounters larger quantities of dust, which is made possible with the piezo sensor.

Joining these features is what Dyson calls an anti-tangle technology named Hair Screw, which addresses the issue of hairs tangling around a vacuum’s brush. The hair screw tech works by spiraling hair from the brush and into the bin — it works with both pet and human hair. Rounding out the feature is a high-torque cleaner head with 56 polycarbonate teeth that help prevent tangles.

The Dyson V15 Detect vacuum is available now for $699.99 USD.

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Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner software fix promised in the coming weeks

The company behind the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners, iRobot, has announced that the software updates it issued have been causing problems for some of its robotic vacuum cleaners. Models specifically impacted by the software issue are Roomba i7 and s9 robots. The company states that it is currently working on a software upgrade to fix issues owners have complained about.

The issue for owners of the impacted robotic vacuum cleaners is that the update will be rolled out over the next several weeks. Owners of impacted Roomba vacuums say that the recent 3.12.8 firmware has caused navigation issues with the vacuum cleaners. After applying that software update, one user says their Roomba acted “drunk,” spinning around and bumping into furniture.

The owners also said the vacuum cleaned in strange patterns and would get stuck in an empty area along with not being able to return home to its dock. Other users have reported that the updates wiped out environmental maps made by the Roomba vacuums essential to their cleaning function. Impacts from the bad software update have caused a variety of issues, with some taking longer to clean than usual. Units unable to make it back to their docking station are unable to charge, leaving them unusable.

iRobot has been working with users impacted to roll back the update, but even after the update is rolled back some report they still have issues. Some users who were promised help rolling back the software update say they have waited weeks and still haven’t received help. These robotic vacuum cleaners are typically quite expensive, and a software update leaving them unusable understandably angers owners.

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