Frustrated with the performance of traditional vacuum cleaners, James Dyson (1947- ) decided to design his own.
Inspired by a cyclone installed in a saw mill, he developed a new vacuum which used cylcone technology to pick up dirt without losing suction. His vacuum cleaner worked by spinning and filtering out dust, unlike a conventional vacuum cleaner which uses suction to trap dust into a bag.
After testing out a cardboard prototype, Dyson spent the next five years developing and refining his new vacuum cleaner. The final model, a pink machine called the G-Force, was licensed in Japan in 1993.
This was followed ten years later by the first machine sold under the Dyson name - the DC01 became the best-selling cleaner in the UK within 22 months.
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