When we looked at Dyson's UK research facility earlier, there were two things we weren't shown: One was the new product they've been developing for two years (above), and the second is the army of scientists, engineers and designers required to make it happen (below).
The new Dyson Hard, which hit store shelves this week, attacks hard surface cleaning by introducing a new element: Wetness. To replace the traditional act of first vacuuming, then mopping a hard floor, the new device incorporates disposable wet wipes to take care of the grime as the machine vacuums (cordlessly, no less). "One machine, two jobs—one action," says Sir James.
As someone who detests mopping as a wasteful (all that water), laborious (requires a clean bucket and a squeeze bucket) and inefficient (moving dirty water around) act, I am dying to get my hands on one of these things to see if it really works.
Cynics will claim that the company is seeking extra profit by now selling the disposable wipes that the Dyson Hard requires. Handily disarming that argument, however, is the fact that the Hard was also designed to be compatible with existing, standard wet wipes produced by other manufacturers.
Here's Dyson engineer Andrew Mitchell breaking down the product: