When the woman across the street got herself a rechargeable Dyson vacuum cleaner to clean up the cat hair, both Adelgunde and I were convinced some petrol head was parked down the street, revving a race car. It wasn't till I walked out into the street and had a look around that we realised we were listening to the sound of her vacuuming.
My goodness that thing sounds like a race car. And now I understand why. Dyson has just released an update to its rechargeable vacuum, known as the V6 Absolute, and in the press release there's this fascinating piece of information:
"Spinning at 110,000 rpm, the suction moves up to 15 liters of air a second, generating higher suction than any other cordless vacuum and (running) five times faster than a F1 car."
110,000 rpm! Probably my neighbour's older model is a little slower than that, but even so, you get the picture. These vacuums are loud, and they suck in a lot of air.
Dyson says the new model differs from the older models in that the V6 Absolute is its first cordless vacuum to come with two cleaner heads: the Motorhead (I kid you not, the car theme runs right through this product) and the Fluffy, which is a "soft roller cleaner head", whatever that means. We're hoping to get one into the Labs to get a better idea.
Meanwhile Dyson also announced its first humidifier, the Dyson Humidifier, which by the looks of it is a variant on its bladeless fan, with an added 3 litre water container that humidifies your room for 18 hours before you have to refill it.
The Humidifier uses ultraviolet light to purify the water and a piezoelectric transducer vibrating at 1.7 megahertz to atomise it, before the water is blown out as a mist by that bladeless fan.
In other words, it's the typical Dyson we've come to know and love: weird science, in your living room.
The Humidifier is $799 and the V6 Absolute is $899.