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.
Sights and sounds of summer in the Upper East Side
Capturing New York City on film
“You need to come back, New York is different in the summer,” a friend urged one absurdly cold day back in May. “It has a different energy to it; it’s more alive,” another friend noted with excitement about the magical effects of the impending warm weather on the city.
Living in a tropical country my whole life and enduring constant humidity year per year, I never really understood the hype. What could be so special about spending yet another summer in another city, I thought. On the contrary, it’s lower temperatures that always excited me. The thought of layering with soft wool sweaters and thick coats, and wearing thigh-high boots on vacation was ideal. It was something I never get to do on the daily, so I longed for it — until I was forced to live out of a suitcase from winter to spring, that is.
Having gone through the chore of exactly that — wearing wool sweaters, thick coats, and boots just to get eggs at the nearest bodega or go for a coffee run next door — made me appreciate being able to wear just about anything I want in the summer including the potential sweating that goes along with it. After months of freezing weather, summer just feels so liberating that you’ll appreciate the heat even if it means smeared eyeliners and a face so oily you could fry two eggs on it.
That je ne sais quoi of summer in the city is not something anyone can describe with mere words or capture on Instagram without losing its essence. This article certainly doesn’t, but here are some vignettes I caught on film, complete with audio recordings, using the Instax Mini LiPlay, one Sunday morning stroll along Upper East Side.
One large cold brew to go
Like any other day, I start with a nice cup of cold brew. Cafes like Bluestone Lane usually gets packed for brunch. It’s especially nice when the sun is out that friends and families eat al fresco. Listen to the audio recording here.
Hotdogs and city performers
Hotdog stands can be found at every corner of the city. This one is outside the Guggenheim Museum, which tourists flock and buskers frequent. Listen to the audio recording here.
Honking yellow cabs
The sound of the train arriving or cabs honking is normally unbearable, but in New York it’s part of what makes the city full of character. Listen to the audio recording here.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir
This spot in Central Park is beautiful whether you’re there to see snow falling or flowers blooming; hear trees rustling or dried leaves crackling. Listen to the audio recording here.
Pick a spot at Central Park
Central Park is so big of an oasis that you can have your quiet little spot for reading and alone time, or watch kids and dogs play if you wanted to. Listen to the audio recording here.
Sun’s out, bikes out
Whether it’s for cardio, getting from one place to another, or just for leisure, everyone seems to be on their bikes during summer. Other locals take advantage of this and sell ice cold water for $2 in the middle of the park for anyone who needs to cool down. Listen to the audio recording here.
Grab something quick and cheap
For those who might want a quick bite after a long walk or bike ride, there are food trucks everywhere. Tacos? Check. Gyros? Check. Ice cream? Check. Listen to the audio recording here.
It can get too crowded for my taste, but The Met is quickly becoming my favorite place in the city. It’s where I can run to for shelter when it’s below freezing outside, or when temperatures get higher, walk around the vicinity for no reason or people watch on the steps. I can get trapped here for days and not feel like I’m wasting my time. Listen to the audio recording here.
Witnessing New York City transform from a dark, cold abyss in the winter, to a city with blossoming tress in spring, to the vibrant concrete jungle that it truly is in the summer, is special. If you live in this city, or travel here a lot, it’s something you will learn to cherish once you see and hear it for yourself.
She implanted an RFID tag in her arm to operate a Tesla Model 3
A new way to never lose your keys again
A software engineer who goes by the name Amie DD on YouTube wanted to do an ultimate Tesla Model 3 hack — one that involves implanting an RFID tag in her own body so she could unlock and operate her vehicle with just a wave of her arm.
She released a short documentary on her thought process and how she began the project. According to her, she’s not new to playing with RFID tags and implanting them in her body. So when she got her new Model 3 and found out it uses RFID to unlock and start the vehicle, she immediately came up with the idea.
To make this possible, Amie DD reached out to a body modification place capable of performing such procedures. You may watch the implant process here but be warned that it’s a bit graphic and shows blood.
She didn’t actually show in her video that it actually works but she told The Verge that it does. Amie DD even tweeted Elon Musk jokingly (probably) that she could run Musk’s Body Hacking Division.
— Hackster.io (@Hacksterio) August 12, 2019
It may sound cool and all — and props to her for having the courage to do something like that — but as for me, I think I’m okay with using standard keys right now.
6 sex toys to help women achieve pleasure like no other
It’s time for self-care!
The following is intended for readers 18+
Self-care isn’t always about massages, hot salt, or bubble bath. It’s not also just about getting in shape, dressing up, or having time out with the important people in your life. Sometimes, self-care means having ample rest and indulging in different forms of relaxation. For instance (and in my own opinion), playing with yourself — also known as masturbation — is also a form of relaxation.
We tend to ignore the mental health benefits masturbation provides, and how it’s a great tool for de-stressing. It releases dopamine, a feel-good chemical relating to pleasure, which puts us in a good mood. In addition, it helps us sleep better, feel better about ourselves, and of course, reduce stress.
This is the reason why we’ve crafted a list of gadgets to help you achieve maximum pleasure. Here they are:
For the bold type, Crave’s Vesper Necklace is both an elegant jewelry and a strong, slim vibrator. Its body, tip, and chain is made of high polish stainless steel designed to make a statement. This vibrator has four speeds and two modes — pulsing and constant — which guarantees a beautiful experience without making a sound. If rose gold isn’t your thing, there are two other finishes: Silver and 24k gold.
This unassuming device which looks like a lipstick is actually a massager. Made with discretion and secrecy in mind, the Lelo Mia 2 allows you to indulge in your desires without attracting so much attention. It looks perfect in your purse or bedside drawer, allowing you to be discreet in your quest to achieve pleasure. Its sculpted tip targets clitoris for fast and intense climaxes.
Bigger isn’t always better. Tango by We-Vibe is a pocket-sized, powerful vibrator that you can bring wherever you go. Its slanted tip delivers intense, quiet, and precise vibrations while the flat edge provides massage. It’s waterproof and has eight vibration modes for you to choose from, so you can get your pleasure discreetly, anywhere.
It’s high time you feel like a queen! Hot Octopuss’ Queen Bee is a clitoral stimulator, offering two surfaces to match your mood — you can choose between gentle or intense. It utilizes their patented PulsePlate technology which uses powerful oscillations to provide a different kind of pleasure. This toy is also waterproof so you can do you while in the bath tub or shower.
Looks like a mic more than a wand, Le Wand’s Petite Rechargeable Massager features a body-safe silicone head, a flexible neck, and a handle packed with easy-to-use controls. Even though it’s small and travel-friendly, it packs so much power, featuring 10 ultra-powerful vibration intensities with six vibration patterns to choose from. It comes with a convenient travel case and a travel-lock, so you can bring this wellness device wherever you go.
Fancy having a luxurious toy? Womanizer Pro makes you lust with its sparkling Swarovski elements. Utilizing their unique Pleasure Air Technology, you can indulge in touch-less stimulation — a powerful combination of suction and pressure waves — which brings a completely new orgasmic experience. Additionally, you can control how fast you want it to be through its 12 levels of intensity. Did I also mention it’s waterproof and has a silent mode?
Let’s be sex positive, everyone! Playing with yourself is a normal, human thing to do and unlike the myths being spread out when we were younger, no you won’t get blind from doing it. Now go and get lost in the deep end, and paddle your pink canoe. You do you, girl!
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