Dyson does it again with “The Ball” 14 Mar 2005
30 comments Latest by Christopher Fahey
Here comes some more inventor envy... James Dyson, my personal inventor hero of the moment, just reinvented the vacuum again. This time it's not the suck, but the move. Forget back and forth, here's The Ball and here's how it works.
The designers and engineers at Dyson looked at how people use an upright vaccuum and noticed that to make the cleaner change direction you had to make your body change direction too. This requires your full weight and strength to maintain momentum in the turn leading to sore backs, arms and less efficient cleaning.
Here are some pictures. The ball also contains the motor and also serves to reduce noise. What a great design solution. Go Dyson! BTW: If you are an entrepreneur and want to be inspired, read James' autobiography "Against the Odds."