James Dyson, born in the year 1947 in Cromer, Norfolk, England is a successful inventor, an industrial designer, and the founder of the Dyson Company. Dyson’s unique style of work can be seen all across his product ranges. His signature style includes sleek functional designed futuristic products. His work can easily be identified with the standard color scheme usage which consists of orange, purple, and grey, seen in almost all of his product ranges.
James Dyson has revolutionized ordinary household items by reinventing them from scratch. Here’s a look at some of his major innovations:
1. Rotork Sea Truck
Designed partially by James Dyson in the 1970s as a part of a final year project at the Royal College of Art, Rotork Sea Truck is a flat hulled, high-speed watercraft that was designed to land vehicles without jetties or harbor facilities, similar to a landing craft.
Made from fiberglass, James Dyson developed the design idea for a cost-effective, modular workboat for Rotork Marine Ltd. in the 1970s. It was then used by oil and construction industries as well as used in the military.
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Unlike the traditional wheelbarrow which would get stuck up in the mud. James Dyson came up with an innovative approach to this problem, a Ballbarrow. With its wide plastic ball wheel and plastic hopper, the Ballbarrow would work effortlessly on uneven grounds and mud.
This smooth-edged plastic bin would not rust or stick fresh concrete like the traditional metal ones in the same category. The wheels were here replaced by a load-spreading red ball, and its large red pneumatic ball gave it stability and stopped it from sinking into soft ground.
3. Contrarotator Washing Machine by Dyson
The designers at Dyson believed that 15 minutes of hand washing of clothes removed more dirt than the conventional washing machine running for 2 hours. This gave rise to a new design idea of introducing two drums rotating in opposite directions to simulate the manipulation and flexing of hand washing.
Reciprocation of handwashing movement made the clothes move in an infinitely variable pattern which flexes the fabric and opens the weave to the detergent. It was the most energy-efficient at its time which could handle larger loads too.
4. The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Vacuum Cleaner
The Dyson Company claims that the Dyson Cinetic Big Ball is the only upright vacuum cleaner with no bags to buy, no filters to maintain, clean, and no loss of suction that maintains the machine’s working life. The working principle includes the production of a centrifugal force that pushes the dirt particles to the side of the collection canister. The faster and tighter the cyclone spins, the smaller and lighter the particles are collected.
Thus, the flexible tips on the ends of the Cinetic’s cyclone chambers oscillate during vacuuming, which prevents the dust from sticking to it and ensures that they remain clear and unblocked during its usage. Also, the usage of the ball on the gadget increases its maneuverability.
5. Dyson v11 Absolute Pro
Known as Dyson’s most powerful intelligent vacuum which is cord-free, Dyson v11 Absolute pro has an integrated digital motor that spins the brush bar up to 60 times per second. Its nylon bristles and carbon fiber filaments capture fine dust from hard floors and carpets.
Designed to keep sound levels down it dampens the noise and absorbs the vibrations. The ‘point and shoot’ mechanism hygienically empties the dust and debris deep into the bin, in one action – so there’s no need to touch the dirt. It comes with three cleaning modes optimized for a variety of tasks to save power and run time.
6. Dyson Airblade Hand Dryer
The Dyson Airblade is a model of electric hand dryer made by Wiltshire-based company, Dyson. Using conventional air dryers was very time-consuming because of which people would then use a lot of tissue papers instead. But this hand dryer from Dyson is like a windshield wiper, literally scraping water from hands with a 400mph sheet of air, which would take nothing more than 10 seconds! Instead of using a wide jet of heated air like the conventional ones, Dyson’s Airblade uses a wide jet of unheated air.
Additionally, The Dyson Airblade hand dryer’s HEPA filter captures 99.95% of particles as small as 0.1 microns, from the washroom air. So, hands are dried with cleaner air. Antibacterial coating and touch-free operation help to prevent the spread of bacteria.
7. Dyson’s Air Multiplier – A Bladeless Fan
Dyson’s Air Multiplier, a bladeless fan, like a constant wind breeze provides a smooth flow of air. It works on a very unique mechanism just like its innovative futuristic design, unlike the traditional fans. Although it is called a ‘bladeless fan’, the blades are present but hidden inside the pedestal stand.
In addition to the blades in the pedestal stand, the air multiplier also makes use of a brushless electric motor that rotates the nine asymmetrically-aligned blades. This provides for precise control of the speed of the fan while staying relatively quiet compared to brushed motors. The pedestal motor adds extra push to the fast-flowing air and shoots it up into the ring portion of the fan.
Dyson Air Multiplier provides an eye-pleasing, low power consuming fan that is safe to use around young children due to the lack of accessibility to the rotating blades.
Low maintenance, easily changeable filters. With built-in notification on phone app when they require replacing.
8. Dyson Air Wrap
The Dyson company is known for designs that are both ergonomic in use and futuristic in their appeal. The Dyson Airwrap is no exception as it features the same futuristic design that is characteristic of all the products from the company.
All the attachments in the box, including the barrels, the pre-styling dryers, and the brushes, come with a special coat that prevents the gadget from heating too much. This in turn prevents the burns (in the hair and on the hands) that are otherwise very common while using conventional hair styling products.
The Dyson Airwrap functions on the aerodynamic phenomenon called the Coanda effect. It curves air to attract and wraps the hair to the barrel. So basically it styles the hair using air, not extreme heat which reduces the risk of hair damage.
9. Dyson Lightcycle
According to the researchers at Dyson Company, we spend almost 90% of our time indoors under artificial illuminance which can be detrimental. The artificial light with color and intensity at odds with the natural light can affect the body’s production of melatonin, which is the hormone that sends night-time information. This imbalance not just affects our sleep, but also the way we feel and function.
So, Dyson’s Lightcycle tracks the body clock by identifying the color temperature and brightness of the place where a person lives and adapts accordingly. It is engineered to adjust its light as per age and task which can be controlled through a mobile application. Also, it is convenient to charge as it comes with an Integrated USB–C charger.
Dyson Lightcycle saves up energy by motion sensing. It turns on the light when someone’s near and switches it off automatically when no one’s around.
10. James Dyson’s ‘Wrong Garden’ Optical Illusion
This unique yet mysteriously looking fountain was designed by James Dyson for the Royal Horticultural Society’s 2003 Chelsea Flower Show. The design astonishes everyone as the fountain makes the water flow uphill, which seems like it is breaking the laws of physics. But in reality, it is the bubbles that are rising inside the sealed tank that give us the illusion of water flowing upwards.
The illusion is created by covering the ramp with a glass surface. Water is pumped in at the bottom and comes out of the opening at the top. At the opening, some of the water is diverted back down the ramp, covering the glass in a thin layer of water.