Dyson cleans up

After studying endless methods of cleaning clothes — from microwaves to hand washing — James Dyson’s engineers have now developed a new washing machine.

After studying endless methods of cleaning clothes — from microwaves to hand washing — James Dyson’s engineers have now developed a new washing machine that they claim is much more effective than previous incarnations of such devices. The result is a product that looks more like an Apple Mac than a Hotpoint.

Believe it or not, the most important way to remove dirt from clothes is to flex and manipulate the fabric of the clothes. But regular washing machines just based on a single drum only go round in one direction at a time. And, on each circuit, the clothes drop and flop to the bottom of the drum. Without much movement, the clothes tend to tangle or bundle. And it takes a long time to get them clean.

The new Dyson machine, sports the ‘Contrarotor’, two drums that spin in opposite directions. With a lot more movement, the clothes get cleaner quicker. In a nutshell, that’s it.

Other rather innovative little touches include the ability to add the forgotten sock even after the machine has started, (courtesy of the Dyson intelligent interlock), a child lock that will disable the control panel of the machine and keep the door locked in use, and a coin trap that traps the money that usually ends up rattling around such machines during a wash.

More information on the machine can be found on the Dyson web site at: http://www.dyson.com