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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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Arion’s color-changing dress is turning heads

My mind is blown and I want it

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Once upon a time, the internet was divided over a dress all because people couldn’t agree on what color it was. If you’re one of those people who argued for a certain side, I have something that will truly blow your mind.

If your brain can’t process what you just saw, let me spell it out for you: This dress changes color when a light, like your smartphone torch, is shone on it. From a sophisticated muted tone, the reflective material turns into a bright and awesome party dress. Let’s see that again:

People are definitely loving this fashion statement. The first tweet from the designer quoted above has garnered 12,000-plus retweets and almost 69,500 retweets in the first 12 hours of posting — multitudes of shiny-unicorn-loving women who want the awesome look, probably.

Admittedly, I’ve stared at the video far longer than I should have and am now completely convinced that I want this material in every single outfit I’m to don from here on end. Fortunately, the dress is now for sale on the Arion website but it isn’t exactly cheap. The two-piece set retails for US$ 155. As of posting, this is the only design the dress is available in but hey, I’m not complaining!

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What could the new unicorn Xiaomi Mi 9 be called?

Xiaomi asked and people have answered

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Xiaomi’s new flagship is coming and, of course, the Chinese brand wastes no time in telling us that we’re going to want this new phone. Over the weekend, Xiaomi showed off the Mi 9’s color options and I am swooning.


The three colors posted all include a beautiful gradient in black, one in blue, and another in a purple-pink hue. Let’s look at that last one again:

The color, which people have been quick to call unicorn, has no official name. Global spokesperson Donovan Sung asked Twitter world what they could possibly name it.

There were a number of interesting and funny answers:

Of course, we had our own guesses:

If there’s any clue, though, it would be this reply:

The official Xiaomi Twitter account did conduct a poll calling it Lavender Violet the day before Donavan Sung sent out the tweet…

Until we have this confirmed, we’re calling it unicorn Mi 9. 🦄 Besides, whatever they call it, it’s looking like a very pretty color and I want it!

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PhoneSoap Go: A portable device that will sanitize your smartphone

It isn’t called PhoneSoap for nothing!

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That smartphone in your purse can do so much but it also has 18 times more bacteria than the average public toilet. Before we continue, let that sink in.

Before you drop that phone you’re probably reading this article on, know that there’s a way to clean your handset and it doesn’t involve soap and water. Introducing: PhoneSoap.

PhoneSoap Go is the brand’s latest release. It’s a tiny chest that will literally clean your smartphone. It uses UV-C light to kill bacteria on your device. All you do is put your smartphone inside, tap the lightning button, wait 10 minutes for one cleaning cycle, and your phone should be germ-free.

The inside compartment can house your phone, no matter what size. It’s pretty spacious so it can even fit small everyday stuff like keys or wallets. Despite all that space, the PhoneSoap Go is designed for portability. This is PhoneSoap’s smallest device — something you can bring along on trips to make sure your handset is sanitized anywhere you go.

On the back of the chest is a USB-A and a USB-C port. This is because the PhoneSoap Go has a 7000mAh battery built into it. That’s enough for 45 cleaning cycles, or four phone charging cycles.

Yes, I said phone charging cycles. That’s because you can actually use it as a power bank. There’s even a slot for your charging cable so you can charge as you sanitize your phone. That means even if the whole cleaning cycle is just 10 minutes, you can leave your phone plugged in longer. There’s even “acoustic outlets” at the bottom so you can hear phone notifications.

Of course, unless I have a petri dish and some phone swabs, I won’t be able to say definitively that this thing can clean 99.99 percent of bacteria on your phone, as the brand claims. But, I will say that if it does end up sanitizing your phone in any capacity, that’s already a good enough deal considering how dirty these things supposedly are, and how much we’re holding on to them on a daily basis.

But really, more than phone cleaning, what you get is peace of mind. Honestly, my own (many, rotating) devices have been chilling a lot in my PhoneSoap ever since I got it.

The PhoneSoap Go retails for US$ 79.95 and you can get it from their website.

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