Dyson's CleanTrace AR iPhone app to gamify vacuuming, could help more thorough cleaning

Dyson's CleanTrace
Photo credit: supplied/Dyson

Dyson is releasing a tool that hopes to make deep cleaning floors quicker and more precise by visually showing where you've vacuumed - and where you haven't.

CleanTrace is a new augmented reality (AR) function in the MyDyson app for iPhones along with an attachment that will clamp the phone to the pole of a Gen5detect vacuum.

Once set up, your phone's screen will display in real time purple stripes across the areas of your floor that you've cleaned. Then when you're done, you can scan the room with your phone to see any areas you've missed.

CleanTrace is launching in June at NZ$35 and, at least to begin with, will not support Android phones or any other Dyson aside from the Gen5detect.

As the tool relies on LiDAR technology, it will only be supported by the Pro and Pro Max models of the iPhone 12 and above.

LiDAR technology is required to map rooms and overlay the cleaning pathways using AR.

Dyson's CleanTrace
Photo credit: supplied/Dyson

Citing research it has carried out, Dyson said its vacuum users are "haphazard and inefficient" cleaners that regularly clean the same areas multiple times and miss others altogether, showing a need for CleanTrace. The British tech company also said the tool was inspired by its 360 Vis Nav robot vacuum, announced last year but yet to be released in Aotearoa.

"We realised that we could all learn a thing or two from the methodical cleaning approach of our robot vacuums. Unlike most humans doing the cleaning, Dyson robots know where they are in the room, where they have been, and where they have yet to go," said Charlie Park, VP of Engineering at Dyson Home.

"With the Dyson CleanTrace, we add this extra layer of cleaning intelligence to the Gen5detect vacuum. It gives you the ability to see where you have and haven't cleaned, which, combined with our on-board particle sensing technology, gives proof that the floor is truly clean."

The app feature won't record the data from cleaning sessions - that will be lost once the app is closed. However, screenshots and screen recording will be able to used during sessions if users wish to keep a record.