Sir James Dyson the man that invented a fan without blades believes that more needs to be done in the UK to develop scientists and inventors, he also believes that over time his new fan could be developed for third party applications and products such as servers, TV and PC’s that need constant cooling.
In an exclusive interview with SmartHouse from the USA, Dyson, who gave us the bagless vacuum cleaner and whose new Dyson Air Multiplier fan “accelerates and amplifies” air at 405 litres a second, believes that more needs to be done by the UK Government to develop a new generation of inventors.
“Unfortunately the current Government in the UK is not investing enough in education and we will suffer because of it” he said.
Due in Australia next week, Dyson has been responsible for the development of several cutting edge products.
For Sir James, the Conservatives’ new technology Tsar, the O-shaped fan is another chance to build on his reputation as Britain’s foremost inventor and creates the possibility that homes may one day be entirely populated by gizmos developed by his team of 350 scientists in Wiltshire.
“We are spending $2M Australian dollars a week on research and development and during the economic downturn we have reaped the benefits of this investment with increased sales” he said.
The 62-year-old industrialist said: “We were developing the hand drier and we noticed that the blade of air that comes out at 400mph was dragging in a lot of air with it, creating a much greater airflow than was coming out of the blade.
“So it wasn’t much use as a hand-drier but we thought it was a very interesting phenomenon…as an air mover, in other words a fan.”
A conventional fan blade had several disadvantages, he suggested. “Children rush up and try to put their fingers in it. Accidents occur. It’s very difficult to clean,” he continued. “But most important of all the blades give a buffeting when they come on. It’s uncomfortable and you don’t enjoy it.”