• Question: we are @laurella1 do you think dyson could do more then? hopefully you saw our question in the live chat

    Asked by laurella1 to Alex on 18 Jun 2014.
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      Alex Lyness answered on 18 Jun 2014:

      Hey laurella1,

      Thanks for getting back in touch.

      Sir James Dyson is a mightily impressive individual. His story of how many prototypes and investors he went through before he made it is legendary. I do feel though that Dyson as a company get a lot of hype for their levels of innovation on their £400 vacuum cleaners when a £100 ‘Henry’ hoover does the same job just as well and it built in the UK.

      The same is true for hand driers and fans that Dyson have designed. Dyson sucks up (excuse the pun) a lot of really good design and engineering talent in the UK and they make expensive or ‘premium’ consumer products. Unfortunately, for all this talent nobodies life has ever been changed, saved or significantly altered by a vacuum cleaner!

      That is why it is really good now to see the formation of the Dyson foundation and the annual awards that they give out to aid design and engineering ideas in other (IMO: more important) fields.

      The finalists from last year’s competition can be seen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24480018

      I think the ‘exo-skeleton’ idea won and surely that’s more important to man kind in the long run than cleaning the house!

      What do you guys think?