Sometimes a little mindless fun is a great way to trigger creative thinking and foster team building. Sometimes it is just mindless fun. For these 650 Dyson vacuum engineers who turned spare vacuum parts into dragsters, the line might be a little blurry.
You'd be hard pressed to find a canister vacuum in American households. It's exceedingly rare, making up only one in nine full-size vacuum sales in 2011, according to NPD Group. In contrast, canisters are still a favorite in international markets. 98 percent of vacuum sales in France were canister models, for example. This leads me to wonder: Is there something wrong with the canister, or with the American perception of what makes a good vacuum? In short, it's both. Though they dominate European homes, canister vacuums are incredibly clumsy. They're awkward to store. They're bested by corners and furniture. They fall over. Bottom line: They're a hassle. It'd make sense that James Dyson — famous for his well-engineered, pricey eponymous machines — would introduce the iconic ball design found in his uprights to the canister. The popular design solves the steering problem, but has Dyson found a way to make this convenient for storage? Read on to find out if this is the canister vacuum for you.
SkyMall really does have an answer for everything. Take this here Pooch Power Shovel for instance — instead of bending over and scooping up your animal's, erm, deposits in a plastic bag, it's essentially a vacuum-powered pooper-scooper.
Here’s a design concept for cool-tool vacuum makers to consider: the BakVac. Why drag around all those moving parts when you can wear them on your back like a turtle? Makes sense. Adding to the convenience factor is an...