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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ever wondered how Dyson vacuums are made? 🤔
Posted by Her GadgetMatch on Friday, September 7, 2018
*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.
10 gift ideas for the bookworm on your list
Gifts that are not books
If you have friends or family who love to read, chances are other people will already give them books this holiday season. It’s that or they already bought the book they want to read next. If you want to give something different that they will appreciate, here are some other ideas to help you out:
For the friend who has too many books but not enough shelves, get her the new Kindle. It’s also perfect for that friend who brings a book or two when traveling. She always managse to finish reading on the flight leaving herself book-less for the rest of the trip.
If she already has a Kindle, how about a case inspired by classic book covers? Not only will it protect her gadget from scratches, it also gives her the feeling of holding a book while reading. Smell of an actual book not included.
Some people will always prefer reading over listening to audiobooks. For those who are open to the latter, Audible credits are a practical, yet thoughtful gift you can give. If you know of a specific title they want to listen to, there’s also an option to get that book as a gift either through your own Audible credits or using a credit card.
A pair of noise cancelling earphones is one of the best gifts you can give this year not just to bookworms, but to almost anyone on your list. Bookworms will especially love being able to block any noise and concentrate on reading (or listening to) their book.
Plenty of great options came out this year, including the Sony WF-1000XM3, which retails for SG$ 349.
Help decorate one’s home with cute bookends. For someone who lives in a smaller space, a multi-purpose bookend is your best bet — maybe one that doubles as a flower vase for the living room or a kitchen utensil holder. You can also get an upcycled one using old records. For a more personal touch, you can even do it yourself and you got yourself a crafty project this holiday season.
Lumio LED book lamp
Any bookworm will appreciate receiving a lamp to help them read when the sun starts to dip. What if you give them something in the shape of a book? They sure will love you more than they already do!
Another gift idea for that special someone is a book-inspired sleeve to protect her laptop. Make it more personal by making her favorite cover made. You can even add the first and last pages of the book to make it feel more like one. There’s also an option to add a smaller but similar case for the charger and other accessories.
NYPL Library Card Pouch
The New York Public Library store has a ton of useful knickknacks you can buy as gifts. There’s a pouch inspired by the original library cards from the 1940’s that any bookworm will appreciate even if you bought it at the last minute!
NYPL Library Card Socks
Another option is this cute pair of socks that will surely make any bookworm’s heart and feet warm this chilly season. It comes in small and large and is priced at US$12 for non-members.
Black NYPL Ruth Bader Ginsburg Tote Bag
Know someone inspired by the Notorious RBG? This tote could not be any more perfect. It can carry not just that heavy hardbound book, but her groceries or gym clothes as well!
5 gift ideas for the stylish women on your list
Give the gift of style!
Finding the perfect present for the stylish women in your life is quite the task. But don’t worry – we’re here to make the process a tad easier. Here are some gift ideas that will make the stylish women in your life love you more. Well, much more than they already do, anyway.
The hair tool of almost any stylish woman’s dreams is definitely from Dyson. This tool gives the gift of quick, salon-quality styling. Drying your hair as you style for voluminous waves and natural-looking curls cuts prep time in almost half. After all, their hair should be as fabulous as their outfits.
A complete set is currently at EUR 499 but that includes all 11 attachments that will let her save from all those dry bar visits. Get the Dyson Airwrap through this link.
Hër Bluetooth In-Earphones
Listening to music while on the go doesn’t have to clash with one’s outfit. We’re in love with the discreet, nude colour of the Hër Bluetooth In-Earphones and its ease of use. The case that doubles as its charger is also pretty and rather minimalist. Connection to a smartphone is quick and painless via Bluetooth, giving the freedom to move while being in a call.
Pose for OOTDs while listening to music and order a set via this link.
Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Trio
The holiday season means glitz, glamour, and of course – shimmer. There’s no other season that allows for shimmer overload than the holidays. What better way to do it than by using the perfect highlighter palette. We’re in love with the Radiant Face Illuminator Trio from Laura Mercier’s Paint With Light Holiday 2019 collection.
There’s a hue for every skin tone and outfit. The buildable glow is also something that will make anyone a stand-out at all the parties. Get it here.
Mejuri Organic Pearl Large Hoops
Pearls are not just for the grandmas anymore. Pearls are so in fashion right now and letting them dangle on hoops gives them a modern, edgier update. All without losing their elegance.
This pair from Canadian brand Mejuri has us drooling with their use of organic pearls. You’ll definitely get a unique pair from them as no two organic pearls can ever be exactly the same. As far as we know, stylish women love individuality so this gift is definitely a hit. Get a pair here.
A Rent the Runway subscription
It’s hard to pick a particular outfit as a gift for the stylish women on your list. Preferences and sizes can get in the way. But that shouldn’t stop you from giving them the gift of designer fashion. A subscription with Rent the Runway makes sure they have access to the latest pieces and you’ll never hear them complain about having nothing to wear ever again.
How a connected home can help make your life better
With appliances getting smarter, things can only get better
A truly smart home uses machine learning to understand and adapt to a user’s behavior and preferences. LG’s ThinQ AI technology does exactly that — appliances communicate with each other and learn so it can anticipate the user’s needs and optimize performance.
Take good care of your laundry
Some people enjoy doing their own laundry, especially those who travel a lot; then there are those who just don’t have the time for it. Wash your date night lace and silk items separately from the rest of your wardrobe; or wash yours and your baby’s pile simultaneously so you can spend more time with your precious one. Either way, the LG TWINWash can do the job as it can do two loads at the same time.
Steaming with LG’s stackable front loader washer/dryer can also make things easier for someone who’s single or for a new mom. Using the steam function, dress to impress by making sure your work clothes are wrinkle-free. Baby clothes also deserve the same special care as the heat of the steam will remove 95% of bacteria and allergens.
Keep food fresh while saving energy
Save time and energy with the LG Instaview Door-in-Door refrigerator, which lets you peek into its contents just by knocking twice, reducing the need to swing open its doors. The modern Slim French-Door refrigerators can also help manage energy consumption, thanks to the Inverter Linear Compressor.
If food waste is an issue, a refrigerator like the Two Door Top Freezer can help maintain temperature levels to help keep your food longer. Its digital sensors constantly monitor conditions within the refrigerator and it has strategically-placed vents in every section to help surround your food with cool air no matter where you put it.
Manage your home with a few taps
With the SmartThinQ App, you can control your appliances anytime wherever you may be. Because of LG’s ThinQ AI technology, your appliances get smarter the more you use them. You can use it to turn your air conditioner on remotely or start wash cycles even before you get home.
It’s no secret that home appliances help make our lives more convenient and efficient. This is not going to change anytime soon. With appliances getting smarter, things can only get better.
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