Dyson the famous vacuum maker is building an electric car

September 27, 2017 by  
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Dyson is famous for its bagless vacuum cleaners and other unique household appliances, but founder and chief engineer James Dyson has some bigger plans for the company. James Dyson sent out an email yesterday to the company announcing his ambitions to introduce an electric car by 2020. With an investment of at least $2.7 billion and a staff of 400 people, Dyson is hopeful that it can get an electric car to market in the next three years. Dyson has already started hiring engineers from automotive companies to help launch the vehicle. Related: James Dyson on using his famous vacuum technology to suck garbage from rivers In his email, Dyson outlined how in 1988 a study from the the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health that linked the exhaust from diesel engines to premature death in laboratory mice and rats, put the company on a path to improve air quality. Two years later, in March 1990, the Dyson team began work on a cyclonic filter that could be fitted on a vehicle’s exhaust system to trap particulates. Sadly, even though the prototypes were developed, automakers weren’t too interested. Now Dyson will do away with the need to reduce particulates by creating a zero emissions electric car. James Dyson hasn’t gone too far into the details, since competition in the electric car segment is incredibly strong right now. Several other startups are racing to bring their cars to market, like Lucid and Fisker, so it makes sense that Dyson would try to keep details about its technology under wraps. + Dyson Images @Dyson

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Award-winning paper bike helmet keeps cyclists safe anywhere they go

November 17, 2016 by  
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When it comes to life-saving protective gear, “collapsible” doesn’t seem like a word you’d want to hear, but this folding bike helmet just won a top design award for its unique design and unusual strength. Created from an expanding honeycomb of thick paper, the EcoHelmet designed by Isis Shiffer makes it easy for a commuter to carry a bike helmet anywhere they go, particularly when traveling in urban centers and making use of rented bikes. Shiffer created the low-cost helmet after realizing how difficult and expensive it could be to buy or rent a helmet while traveling overseas, where bike rentals are common but helmets are a different story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bu0Lb0C0UzY The 28-year-old New York resident created the folding bike helmet in response to a conspicuous absence of helmets in bike-sharing programs. Rather than go without a helmet and risk major head injury in a crash, Shiffer designed the EcoHelmet as a portable option for cyclists who need a light load, but still care about their safety. The EcoHelmet was just named the international winner of this year’s James Dyson award , after securing the national prize in the US. Related: Mobile cooler designed by 22-year-old Will Broadway could save 1.5 million lives The helmet’s creator, a graduate from the Pratt Design Institute in New York, has been working to develop sustainable bike helmet alternatives for some time. The EcoHelmet is her latest offering, and to ensure its worth, Shiffer developed the design while working with a crash apparatus during her brief time at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, London. She plans to continue honing the design, perhaps adding a biodegradable waterproofing material like wax, before moving forward into production. Ideally, Shiffer envisions the folding bike helmets for sale through vending machines, installed alongside bikeshare stations. For a low cost, cycle renters would have access to a safe, durable alternative that could be reused for some time. She is considering designing some kind of durability indicator for the helmets, so that users have a visual reminder of when it is time to recycle one helmet and pick up a new one. Winning the James Dyson award grants Shiffer with a $45,000 prize to develop her project, as well as a $7,500 prize to her university. Via The Guardian Images via Dyson

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23-Year-Old Wins Dyson Award With Inflatable Baby Incubator Developing Countries Can Afford

November 7, 2014 by  
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James Roberts, a 23-year-old recent graduate of Loughborough University in the U.K., has just been announced as the international winner of  the 2014 James Dyson Award . His winning project was truly remarkable. It’s a portable, inflatable incubator for preterm babies that only costs around £250 ($400) to make, compared to the roughly £30,000 ($47,000) price of conventional hospital incubators. Roberts was inspired to develop the incubator after seeing the shocking infant mortality statistics  in refugee camps, where the price tag and prevailing conditions mean purchasing traditional incubators is out of the question. Read the rest of 23-Year-Old Wins Dyson Award With Inflatable Baby Incubator Developing Countries Can Afford Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 , baby incubator , developing countries , infant mortality , James Dyson , James Dyson Awards , James Roberts , jaundice , low-cost incubator wins 2014 James Dyson Awards , MOM incubator , premature babies , preterm babies , refugee caps , refugees

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Suncayr Color-Charging Marker Lets You Know When Its Time to Reapply Sunscreen

October 26, 2014 by  
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Sunscreen can be great protection against harmful ultraviolet rays–that is if you can remember to reapply it every couple of hours. Enter the Suncayr marker, a James Dyson Award -winning design that uses color-changing ink to remind us when to reapply sunscreen. The application process is easy: users draw any design using the marker on their skin before applying sunscreen over the area; after the sunscreen is rubbed or washed away, the ink will change color to let you know when its time to reapply. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: color changing ink , james dyson award , sun block , Suncayr , Suncayr marker , sunscreen , sunscreen reapplication , uv rays

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James Dyson Wants to Use His Famous Vacuum Technology to Clean Rivers

April 15, 2014 by  
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Beneath their spotless surfaces, rivers are often incredibly filthy and not particularly easy to clean up. After all, you can’t just bust out your vacuum and suck up all of the debris lingering there, or can you? James Dyson believes that cleaning our rivers is just as simple as creating a sort of larger version of his vacuum to remove all of that unwanted gunk. He calls his idea the M.V. Recyclone and it is essentially a river barge equipped with the same cyclone technology used in his vacuums. Read the rest of James Dyson Wants to Use His Famous Vacuum Technology to Clean Rivers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cleaning river garbage , cleaning river waste , cleaning rivers , cleaning up dirty rivers , dirty waterways , Dyson vacuum , Fast Company James Dyson , James Dyson , James Dyson inventions , James Dyson MV recyclone , James Dyson vacuum , Recyclone , River barge recyclone , river barge vacuum , river garbage , river waste , Time Magazine ideas issues , Time Magazine James Dyson , trash in rivers , vacuuming river garbage , vacuuming river waste

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The Bicyclean Uses Pedal Power to Safely Recycle E-Waste

September 28, 2012 by  
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The Unites States generates more electronic waste than any other nation on earth.  According to the EPA , more than 4.6 million tons entered domestic landfills in 2000, and 50-80% of our total e-waste is exported to developing nations where defunct electronics wind up in dumps, polluting the environment, and littering neighborhoods. That’s why 22-year-old engineering graduate Rachel Field has invented the Bicyclean – a pedal-powered grinder and e-waste separation system.  Small-scale, affordable, and socially responsible, the Bicylean is a current contender for the James Dyson Award . Read the rest of The Bicyclean Uses Pedal Power to Safely Recycle E-Waste Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agbogbloshie , bicyclean , circuit boards , consumer electronics , e-waste , electronic waste , electronics recycling , electronics waste , epa , Ghana , james dyson award , rachel field , united states

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Airdrop Irrigation System Wins 2011 James Dyson Award Top Prize

November 8, 2011 by  
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Airdrop Design Pulls Water From Air to Irrigate Deserts

November 8, 2011 by  
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The winner of the James Dyson award is a design that could provide fresh water where there is drought.

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Hilton Invests $1.3 Million in Global Soap Project, Redirecting Hotel Waste for Social Good

November 8, 2011 by  
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Hilton gives a boost to organization that salvages discarded hotel soaps and ships them around the world.

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On Parentables: Christine the Chemist Explains The Problems With PVC And Vinyl

November 8, 2011 by  
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Should the stuff be kept away from kids? The American Public Health Association thinks so.

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