Sunday, 17 April 2016 19:41

VIDEO: Dyson’s ballsy new vacuum - no tip but lots of tricks!


Dyson is the Apple of the appliance world, with stunning innovations that put competitors to shame and show how much they suck, but not as much as Dyson!

No-one is arguing that vacuum cleaners deserve any rights in the way that we have human rights, but Dyson’s innovation has created a vacuum that self-rights when toppled. Right-on!

Dyson’s innovations don’t stop at just vacuums which don’t lose suction, thus ensuring they suck in the best way possible, but go well beyond that.

The company itself notes that some vacuums can ‘tip over and are awkward to manoeuvre,’ which are ‘cumbersome and frustrating’, with ‘bins that are messy and fiddly to empty’ and feature ‘hoses that can get in the way and tools that disappoint.’

Just as Apple fixes the little things that others don’t seem to think about, but rush to copy afterwards, so too does Dyson set its engineers upon fixing these kinds of problems.

Unsurprisingly for Dyson, its ‘Cinetic Big Ball’ vacuum is the result, and as usual, it’s a technological marvel.

James Dyson himself said: “The problem with some barrel vacuums is that they can go off on a tangent and topple, leaving you to walk back over the floor you’ve just cleaned to right the machine.

“We challenged our engineers to refine the barrel format, to solve this problem and others.

“The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball barrel is the vacuum that self-rights when toppled. Further advances include hygienic dirt ejection and an articulated handle.”

Compact and streamlined, Dyson boasts its ballsy new vacuum is ‘packed with inventive features that upgrade the user experience.’

It is, proclaims Dyson, ‘the vacuum that self-rights when toppled. And it’s the only vacuum with no maintenance and no loss of suction, as there are no filters to wash or replace and no bags to buy.’

Here’s the company’s official video:

So, how does the Cinetic Big Ball self-right when toppled, when convention vacuums fall down and stay down?

Dyson says its ‘engineers made this possible by assembling the vacuum’s components in a spherical array, with the heaviest nearest to the floor.’

‘Placing them inside a curved body with a low centre of gravity means that whenever the vacuum is displaced, gravitational forces will automatically return it to its upright resting position.’

Because core components are housed within the ball, the vacuum can ‘turn on the spot and follow you effortlessly around the home. No awkward moves.’

There’s also a hygienic dirt ejector, whereby as the bin is emptied, a silicone collar slides down the shroud. Dyson says ‘this scrapes off trapped dirt or debris, driving them out,’ ensuring ‘no need to touch the dirt or reach inside the bin.’

Even better - the bin is 33% bigger than previous Dyson vacuums.

More below, please read on!

The Cinetic Big Ball also features a ‘wand’ with an ‘articulated handle that now rotates in three directions, allowing 360° movement for easy, versatile cleaning with less effort.’

Dyson states the wand is ‘longer than previous Dyson vacuums, extending up to 1250mm. And because the hose is kept closer to the wand, it also reduces the machine’s storage footprint.’

There’s also the 36 Dyson Cinetic tips which ‘separate the microscopic dust that can clog conventional vacuums.’

Dyson says that ‘Vacuums with Dyson Cinetic science do not lose suction, and capture dust, dirt and microscopic particles down to 0.3 microns in size. And the dust separation is so efficient that there’s no need to wash or replace a filter.’

More interesting facts and figures:

  • In development for more than two and a half years, the Cinetic Big Ball barrel saw 55 design engineers produce more than 1000 prototypes during the development phase.
  • The company boasts that 1,800kg of test dust was used during the development of its Cinetic Big Ball machines, which is approximately the weight of two Minis.
  • The Cinetic Big Ball machines covered approximately 16,000 meters during testing across 900 debris pickup tests
  • The velocity of the air as it enters the cyclone pack is over 160 km/h. It’s then accelerated to 290 km/h in the inner cyclones, generating over 100,000 of G-force to separate microscopic particles from the airflow
  • To enable the hygienic dirt ejector to function without compromising the machine’s dust separation performance, engineers used a chemically-etched stainless steel shroud beneath the cyclones. The holes in the shroud are 250 microns x 250 microns – that’s one-eighth the size of a pin head
  • The cable re-wind mechanism is tested for 6,400 cycles and employs metal centrifugal brakes to control the cable’s re-entry, as well as ceramic bearings
  • Over 20,000 hours of testing has been carried out on Dyson Cinetic science alone
  • The Carbon fibre turbine floor tool has anti-static carbon fibre filaments to help remove dust from hard floors. Stiff nylon bristles help remove ground in dirt from carpets
  • The Musclehead floor tool self-adjusts to clean every floor type. An active base plate automatically adjusts the cleaner head height, raising and lowering to seal in suction across carpets, rugs and hard floors
  • Quick release tools enable the user to change smoothly between tasks. The catch to release the tool is now
  • located on the tool itself, for easier one-handed removal
  • No hidden costs as there are no filters to wash or replace and no bags to buy
  • Two year guarantee on parts and labour. No hassle repair or replacement

The Dyson Cinetic Big Ball is now available from Dyson direct here, and will able available from ‘late April from all good retailers.’

It will retail from $699.


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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.



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