An Incubator Just Won the Dyson Award For Best Invention of the Year

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 $45,000, 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… » 11/06/14 12:04am 11/06/14 12:04am

Dyson's 20 Best Inventions of the Year

It's always fun to see the single invention that the James Dyson Foundation picks as its best design idea of the year—but it's even more fun to see the final list of possibilities, which Dyson released tonight before the November 6 announcement of a winner. » 10/16/14 12:01am 10/16/14 12:01am

How to Turn Any Wheelchair Into an Electric Scooter

Since electric wheelchairs don't run forever, users will often still rely on a manual version for getting around the house. But depending on their physical condition, switching between devices can be difficult. So the IWA, or Independent Wheelchair Assist, adds a temporary electric drive to any chair. » 5/30/12 12:20pm 5/30/12 12:20pm

An Invention That Sucks the Water Out of Dry Skies Has Won This Year's…

What's in the water down under? This is the second year in a row an Aussie has won the James Dyson Award, with both designs also aiming to save lives — albeit in very different ways. This year's winning product is Airdrop, a network of pipes that sucks water from the air and irrigates drought-stricken Australia with… » 11/08/11 7:46am 11/08/11 7:46am

Do We Turn the Volume Up to Hear Louder Music, Or to Feel the…

One of the James Dyson Award entrants, Stefan Zwegers, thinks it's the latter, which is why his Sensible Music invention turns bass into vibrations when listening to music through headphones. » 7/22/11 5:40am 7/22/11 5:40am

A Shape-Shifting Cellphone That Changes the Center of Gravity For…

Imagine looking at Google Maps on your tablet, and feeling one corner grow heavier where your destination is located. Or reading an ebook on your phone, and being aware of the fatter side of the book. » 7/19/11 6:55am 7/19/11 6:55am

Praising Failure: James Dyson Talks Vacuum's 5,127 Prototypes

Sir James Dyson, inventor of perhaps the most recognizable consumer vacuum on the market today, is completely comfortable with failure. He's good at it—failure I mean—but most great inventors are. » 4/10/11 11:00am 4/10/11 11:00am

James Dyson Wants You and Your Future Award-Winning Designs

The Dyson Awards are one of the highlights of the year for us—after all, what else could bring a life-aid bazooka to fruition? But James Dyson—yes, he of vacuum cleaner fame—needs your help. He needs YOU to enter the 2011 awards with your problem-solving inventions. » 4/04/11 7:01pm 4/04/11 7:01pm

A Bazooka That Can Save Lives Wins the Dyson Award

A buoyancy aid from Australia has won this year's James Dyson Award, which battled alongside 14 amazing finalists. Made from hydrophobic foam which expands in the water, the Longreach aid can be fired 150m out to sea to save lives. » 10/05/10 8:00am 10/05/10 8:00am

One of These Amazing Inventions Will Win the International Dyson Award…

There are just four days until the international winner of the James Dyson Awards is announced from one of the following 15 finalists. Some amazing inventions are up for it, including that water sterilization bottle from the UK. » 10/01/10 8:00am 10/01/10 8:00am

High-Tech Water Bottle Uses UV Light to Sterilize Water

An English graduate has won this year's James Dyson Award, which is a coveted design award in the UK. Taking on the noble challenge of finding a cure for water sterilization, Timothy Whitehead's bottle cleans water in just 2mins flat. » 8/04/10 7:40am 8/04/10 7:40am

Motorized Shoes Could Win Dyson Vacuum's Big Award (and Our Hearts)

I've seen kids zooming about on Heeleys, but Treadways' motorized shoes are firmly for Adult Use Only. The designer has entered them into the annual James Dyson Awards, and if successful could be put on the market. No more walking! » 7/05/10 5:00pm 7/05/10 5:00pm

Lightning Interview: How James Dyson Could've Fixed the Oil Disaster

Sir James Dyson, the man behind the bagless vacuum and the bladeless fan, designs products that solve problems. We caught up with him and talked about one of the biggest engineering problems the world currently faces: the Gulf oil disaster. » 6/25/10 5:40pm 6/25/10 5:40pm

James Dyson Lightning Interview: A Mac Man With a Bladeless Fan

Sir James Dyson is more than a guy who makes unusually interesting vacuums. He makes unusually interesting fans, too! We got a (very brief) chance to talk to the man about his tech allegiances, his design philosophy, and more. » 10/14/09 10:00pm 10/14/09 10:00pm

James Dyson's 'Wrong Garden' Optical Illusion Makes Water Flow Uphill

This fountain, created by inventor James Dyson and inspired by MC Escher, has water flowing up a series of ramps. Or so it appears to. » 8/24/09 10:40am 8/24/09 10:40am

Dyson DC31 Handheld Vacuum Has The World's Fastest Motor

James Dyson claims his 2.2lb DC31 handheld vacuum has the world's fastest motor "by a long stretch." Thanks to a new switched reluctance motor, it's capable of achieving 104,000 revolutions per minute.
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James Dyson Drops the Crap Out of His Own Vacuum Repeatedly

Besides getting the entire video history of Dyson Vacuums as narrated by the world's most boring voice, Crunchgear also get James Dyson to simulate what it would be like to drop the crap out of his own vacuum. The actual "drop test" machine was broken. See how confident Dyson is in his engineering that he's willing… » 6/25/08 5:00pm 6/25/08 5:00pm

Dyson DC24 Vac: Sir James Brings His Ball Back

The DC24 Dyson vac being introduced today is the first since the large DC15 to roll around the floor on a big orange ball instead of wheels, making it super maneuverable. It's a little vac with a typically high price tag ($400 for DC24; $470 for its larger sibling, the DC25). In many ways it's just another vacuum… » 1/17/08 8:00am 1/17/08 8:00am

Mitsubishi Jet Towel vs. Dyson Airblade Pre-Game Trash Talk and Tale of…

If you are wondering why we're engaged in a totally ridiculous Ultimate Hand-Dryer Battlemodo, it's because you asked for it. When we aired our interview with Dyson and the Airblade, some of you guys pounced on Dyson, "embarrased for having claimed to have invented the horizontal hand dryer only to discover the… » 9/12/07 12:30pm 9/12/07 12:30pm

Dyson Says Airblade Would Beat Mitsubishi Jet Towel in Battlemodo

We have it on tape. Today, James Dyson (whose friends call him Sir) told us that Airblade would stomp the crap out of Mitsubishi's Jet Towel in a hand-drying face-off. Those are our words; you'll have to watch the video to see how the charming and diplomatic Englishman puts it. But while you watch, make sure you pay… » 6/26/07 4:20pm 6/26/07 4:20pm