The vacuum-inventing genius talks about the future of engineering and innovation, and how it’s much harder to actually design an appliance that’s truly efficient, instead of just putting a smaller motor in it and saying it uses less power.
Just when you thought you wouldn't be hearing from Dyson for a while, given all their recent new toys, they've come around again with a batch of stuff we didn't expect. This time: A tiny wall hanging vacuum, and a super clever attachment for grooming your dog.
Every so often I have the weird feeling that even design insiders don’t really know what industrial designers do. I’m not surprised that the public thinks of us as stylists, dealing with the veneer of an object, but I’m surprised to hear it from members of academia, design media, and the product-development community. So I wanted to pull back the curtain a bit on what life is really like for those of us who spend our days in the trenches, designing electronics.
If you live in a city, you've probably seen a Dyson vac or two sitting in a corner, attracting undue attention -- simply because the thing is too big to store. The new Dyson City is meant to solve that: It's small enough to sit on a sheet of paper, and it's light enough to hold in the palm of your hand. But after some preliminary test, we can tell you it sucks really, really hard (in a good way).