The winners of this year's James Dyson Award have been announced, and Australia's deserving student design project victor is Sarah Heimeier, an industrial design student at RMIT -- whose Jana is a wearable ultrasonic sensor that can monitor an expectant mother and baby's heartbeat, blood pressure and glucose levels. Aimed at pregnant women in rural parts of Australia without easy and constant access to medical care, Jana works with a smartphone to transmit vital information to doctors, giving early warning of any potential complications like preeclampsia.
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Dyson prides itself on having some of the best vacuums in the industry, and proudly says so in its advertising material. But that's no longer the case: Dyson has been bested by LG and its CordZero cordless vacuum, and has pledged to remove advertising material from stores and online saying that the Dyson V6 Cordless is the "most powerful cordless vacuum" as part of an out-of-court settlement.
Dyson's Hot + Cool is a $699, motorised, heating and cooling behemoth that sucks air through a tiny aperture and accelerates it through the application of some nifty physics -- just like a jet airliner's turbofan. It'll smoothly accelerate air from across a medium-sized room, and cool you at a distance while remaining quiet. It's not quite as expensive as a 747, but it's still crazy pricy. You are definitely paying for the engineering that has gone into this monster, though; this is one expensive fan.
It's really no surprise that the company that raised the vacuum from a lowly appliance to a lustworthy gadget puts a strong focus on design. But a recent visit to Dyson's US headquarters revealed that design ethos extends all the way down to the pens used around the office.
Cleaning sucks. Sure, it's nice and satisfying when you're done, but stuffing your hands in dirt and swabbing filth around the floor is basically unpleasant. There's no need to make it more unpleasant by letting a multi-billion dollar conglomerate rob you blind. Put differently: You should stop Swiffering and buy a nice vacuum.
Most of us are happy to take an ignorance-is-bliss approach to the cleanliness of the mattress we sleep on every single night. But the truth is, your bed could be swarming with millions of feasting dust mites leaving a staggering amount of droppings behind. So now you understand why Dyson's created a new hand vac designed to suck every last invader off your mattress.
Following up on its first humidifier that used a UV light to kill germs in its water reservoir, Dyson has just announced an updated version of its Cool fan that now includes a built-in 360-degree glass filter to remove 99.95 per cent of airborne invaders in a room. And not just any filter, but a high-efficiency particulate arrestance -- or HEPA -- filter as regulated by the US government making it as effective as you can get in a consumer-grade appliance.
A Dyson is promised to keep on sucking at almost full power even as its dirt bin gets full, but few users realise there are also hidden filters that need to be periodically cleaned to keep the vacuum running at full strength. For a company that prides itself on vacuums that never lose suction, that was a big problem. So to ensure that users won't ever forget to clean those filters, Dyson simply engineered a better vacuum design that eliminates them altogether.
Do you know how much an incubator costs? Probably not, if you live in the developed world (and aren't a doctor). They can cost as much as $US45,000, a price inconceivable for most hospitals or midwives in poor parts of the world. "The western world takes incubators for granted," says James Dyson, who revealed his foundation's 2014 Dyson Award winner tonight.
The slow but steady approach of winter means that it's almost time for many of us to fire up our heaters -- also heralding the return of of chapped lips and dry skin. Dyson's new humidifier is one solution to the problem, but it doesn't only prevent dry air. It also ensures your home isn't being filled with bacteria-ridden moisture thanks to a germ-killing UV light.
Dyson is renowned as much for its inventions as the way it makes them -- a process The New Yorker once described as "a second industrial revolution". That's why the James Dyson Foundation was created: To foster and promote young inventors. Today, the organisation announced the national winner of its annual Dyson Award, and Gizmodo chatted with the inventor to find out more.
There have been all kinds of gimmicks to help your robot vacuum clean every inch of your home without requiring you to steer it around. But Dyson, while late to the robo-vac party, might have unsurprisingly come up with the best one yet. Its Eye 360 includes an all-seeing 360 degree camera that knows where it's been where it needs to go, and what obstacles it should avoid.
Every year, Dyson asks industrial designers, product designers and engineers to submit their smart solution to a problem -- any problem. It's an awesomely broad request, and it usually results in some pretty fascinating projects. Leading up to this year's Dyson Award, we took a look at just a tiny fraction of the entries.
It’s not all about bagless vacuum cleaners, bladeless fans and blow-the-skin-off-your-fingers hand dryers at Dyson. Each year, the iconic brand holds the James Dyson Award, an international student design and innovation competition which aims to find the most promising young inventors and potentially bring their concepts to life.
Your bed is filthy. Your floor is filthy, too, but it's your mattress that's the big problem. Did you know that you're meant to vacuum your mattress regularly? I didn't. Dyson is (probably) the only appliance manufacturer in Europe with its own microbiology lab, and it has a pop-up in Sydney's Circular Quay to show you the nasties lurking in your house.