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Dyson is the Apple of appliances

The UK manufacturer's latest robot cleaner exemplifies its uncanny ability to mint money

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Dyson, combining an almost obsessive eye for design and engineering, has cornered the non-glamorous market of high-end vacuum cleaners, lights and hair dryers.

Malmesbury, England

WHEN Michael Aldred joined the British home electronics maker Dyson two decades ago, he had a simple goal: to quickly build a robotic vacuum cleaner.

But Mr Aldred and his team kept running into roadblocks.

Their first attempt, unveiled in 2001, was too...

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