Dyson has some kick-ass vacuum engineers, but even the most passionate vacuum designer needs a little break now and then. That's why Dyson's team took a break to work on something completely different for a change of pace: weird, hacked-together flying (and crashing!) machines.

This insanity was part of an initiative called "Challenge Dyson" and this particular challenge was "Airborne." Each of the weird fliers had to try and navigate an obstacle course of balloons successfully, and apparently it was pretty hard to pull off.

Not a bad way to spend your time and brain-power when you're not torture testing vacuums or making them suck up fire. [Dyson via SlashGear]