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A look at Dyson’s technology and how they’re made

I went on a tour at the Dyson factory in the Philippines!

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I have, like many of my twenty-something millennial women peers, gushed about Dyson. Though some may easily dismiss the brand as over-hyped, overpriced machines, my fascination for their tech remains. Even more so when I learned that the international brand makes their engines in none other than the Philippines.

For the first time ever, Dyson opened their factory doors to the media and I was one of the first to see what goes on behind Dyson’s closed doors.

Before anything else though, just what makes Dyson so special? Let me explain.

What’s the big deal?

British brand Dyson has made a name for themselves worldwide. The company, known for their premium hairdryers, bladeless fans, purifiers, and cordless vacuums are household names (well, at least for those who can afford them.) With their products now almost synonymous to modern ideal #HomeGoals, I find more and more of my peers drooling over their appliance tech.

You know what they say, “Nothing says you’re a fully formed adult like top-of-the-line expensive smart appliances,*” and there is almost nothing more premium or expensive than Dyson devices.

Playing house with a Dyson vacuum makes me feel like a real adult

Dyson has been making waves for their innovative approach to appliances and attention to user experience.  The resulting devices are premium gadgets that are very well designed — after all, Dyson prides themselves as being a technology company first and foremost. They aim to innovate already-existing tech to levels that will elevate the whole user experience.

It’s the little things. Take for example the Supersonic dryer: Engineered to provide better leverage for easier handling and designed to maintain consistent heat to prevent burns, the Ferrari of hairdryers is definitely a departure from the usual hair-drying experience. The same is true for other Dyson devices like the PureCool, or even their line of cordless vacuums.

Me reviewing the Dyson Supersonic that I can’t afford 😅

GadgetMatch Creative Director Chay getting creative with the Dyson PureCool at the SEA launch

Exciting times are ahead for Dyson, too! They’ve confirmed that they’re dipping their toes in the smart auto market with a release date for the first Dyson car in 2020.

Behind the scenes

For a brand built by engineers, one that stresses being a technology company, it comes as no surprise that a tour at their factory felt more like a showcase of technology.

We arrived at their one-hectare facility in Calamba, Laguna that’s home to 300 robots. In a fully automated process, these robots create the engines for the Dyson V6, V7, V9 (Supersonic hairdryer), and V10. Of course, Dyson explains, there are still human engineers involved somewhere along the way for quality control purposes. There are 400 employees in this complex, only a hundred more than the machines at work.

Dyson machinery

More Dyson machinery

Walking into the production floor seemed like a sci-fi movie. The area was clean, cool, and had a buzz of efficiency in the air (or that could just be all the motors running). That sound never goes off — the factory runs seven days a week, 24 hours per day, and it targets to produce 300 engine units per hour.

Not entirely sure what they exactly do but they were mesmerizing to watch

After the motors are made, they’re shipped to other Dyson facilities, another one in the Philippines, and one in Malaysia, for assembly. They’re then sold worldwide.

Although amazed at the fact that these world-class devices are mostly manufactured just in my backyard, the visit to their Laguna plant didn’t really change anything: I still want their devices… and like most people, I still can’t afford them.**

Nevertheless, I went home with a souvenir: A part of the Dyson engine and a better insight into Dyson’s processes.

*Okay, no one really says that but my point still stands.

**US$ 400 for a hair dryer is still something I can’t consider, no matter how much I need to dry my hair.

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Habitat Horticulture Gromeo: Self-watering plant system for busy bees

Turn your smart home into a green and sustainable space

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Forget the bland, white walls filled with smart lighting yet no sign of greenery. As our cribs transform into smart homes, the appreciation for a well-lit, open, green, and airy space grows.

However, nurturing greenery can be a difficult task. Though, people still try to foster potted plants, in hopes of making their homes breathable and beautiful.

Fret no more, experts at Habitat Horticulture — an award-winning design firm — designed Gromeo, a copious spot of greenery attached to your walls.

A sustainable living wall system

Gromeo is a ready-to-hang, fully planted palette that has a self-watering living wall system, without the need for plumbing and electricity.

Gromeo

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It uses Habitat Horticulture’s signature geotextile called Growtex — using 100 percent recycled water bottles — to combine soil and a hydroponic blended system. This makes plants passively absorb water to maintain their ecosystem.

Gromeo

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In short, no drainage is needed, making it the perfect low-maintenance plant to nurture, especially for busy people.

Beneficial in the long run

Living wall systems like Gromeo can help improve a busy bee’s physical and mental well-being. The presence of natural greenery can enhance self-esteem, reduce levels of stress and anxiety, and produce feelings of revitalization.

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It increases happiness, productivity, focus, and concentration — prompting a person to work smarter. More importantly, it cleans the air and removes volatile organic compounds found indoors, most of which causes headaches, fatigue, and respiratory problems.

There’s a Gromeo for every type of space

Admit it: we all check the lighting before taking the perfect selfie. The same should apply to plants if you do consider getting one. Some can handle basking in sunlight, some find it too much.

This is why each Gromeo is designed depending on the levels of light available. A High Light Gromeo is recommended for walls that get full, direct sunlight. Or at least very bright lights.

Meanwhile, walls that get dappled sunlight suits a Medium Light Gromeo. For those who have walls that get no direct light at all, consider getting a Low Light Gromeo.

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Price and availability

Gromeo starts at US$ 265. It’s available at shop.habitathorticulture.com. One percent of each Gromeo sale goes to Feeding America. Meanwhile, teachers and healthcare workers can avail a 10 percent discount upon purchase.

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Sharp’s new lineup of smart refrigerators look classy AF

Matching your interiors and spaces

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Sharp unveils a new lineup of refrigerators and we are loving it. Aesthetically speaking, it’s pleasing to look at with its sleek coating and classy appeal. But Sharp’s focus isn’t just the looks.

Being at the forefront of innovation, Sharp’s new models come with a host of innovative features to keep you and your family in tip-top health and shape. For instance, the new lineup is powered by Sharp’s J-Tech Inverter — which helps reduce wastage of energy and saves on energy consumption.

Sharp’s unique Plasmacluster Technology also found its way to the new lineup, using its powers to eliminate 99 percent airborne bacteria and 97 percent airborne mold in the refrigerator.

Additionally, the fridge comes with a Mega Freezer which is larger than usual compared to common fridges. The extra space helps homemakers store large containers and bulk purchases — like stocking up on fresh frozen food.

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In lieu of stocking up, the refrigerators run on a Hybrid Cooling System to keep the food fresh. The feature is helping prevent excessive dryness, uneven cooling, and over-cooling.

Meticulous homemakers can also keep their fridges free of odor through the Ag-Nano deodorizer filters equipped inside the appliance.

Lastly, the refrigerators come with smart features such as door alarms that alert you when you leave the door open, and an External Touch Control Panel. This makes it easy for anyone to control and regulate the appliance’s settings.

Pricing and availability

Sharp’s new lineup of refrigerators under the PG series comes in three models: SJ-PG60P2 BK/DS (Priced at SGD 1599), SJ-PG55P2 BK/DS (Priced at SGD 1499), and SJ-PG51P2 BK/DS (Priced at SGD 1399).

All models come in two colors: Black or Dark Silver. The new lineup will be available at major electronics retailers and online stores.

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Fitbit’s special edition of the Ace 3 makes physical activities fun for kids

Time to get them active!

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With the advent of smartphones and other distracting technology, keeping kids active might be a challenge — especially if you aren’t the type to engage in physical activities. But starting ’em young can help build a healthy, fit, and sustainable lifestyle.

Fitbit’s kid-oriented smartwatch, the Ace 3, comes with a special edition that will catch your kid’s attention. And it might just make them excited to do a bit of sport and exercise.

Meet the Fitbit Ace 3 Special Edition: Minions. It comes with an engraved band with an embossed Minions design that will make any kid eager to wear it. Built with a kid’s behavior in mind, the watch is comfortable and secure to wear even when using a silicone band and bumper. Moreover, it can be even submerged in water with its swim-proof design!

Fitbit Ace 3

For those who aren’t keen on having yellow on their wrists, there are two more Minions-themed bands that kids can wear: Despicable Blue and Mischief Black.

Smart features

Just like every adult’s smartwatch, it comes with nifty features we need. There are hourly alerts to move and reminders to reach your daily goals. More importantly, the Ace 3 Special Edition: Minions ensures there are extensive safeguards to secure a kid’s privacy.

Fitbit Ace 3

Parents, for instance, can set up a family account to have more control over privacy and protection. The Parent View in the app will let parents track their kid’s activity and manage the kid’s app experience.

Kids, on the other hand, can enjoy Minions-themed activity badges in the app. The badges serve as a reminder for kids to keep chasing daily activity goals. Along with that, the Kid View allows kids to view important data such as their activity and sleep stats, as well as parent-approved friends, clock faces, and avatars.

Price and availability

The Fitbit Ace 3 Special Edition: Minions is powered by eight days of battery life. It’s available in the Philippines at Fitbit.com, Digital Walker, and Lazada for PhP 4,790. Meanwhile, accessory bands are sold exclusively on Fitbit.com at PhP 1,390.

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