October 22 2014 Latest news:
Sunday, February 9, 2014
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.
One of East Anglia’s largest crane hire companies, Quinto Crane & Plant Ltd, has been bought out in a multi-million pound deal, with the new owner promising to safeguard the jobs for its 125 employees and guaranteeing future investment.