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Dyson Engineers Make Flying Objects In Their Spare Time

 

Dyson Inc., which specializes in machines that inhale and exhale, like vacuum cleaners and fans, prides itself on the number of attempts its engineers make to get to perfect.  On average, it's around 5000 prototypes to one finished product.  I don't know how many prototypes went into each of the flying machines created by the Dyson engineers for this year's Challenge Dyson, but they sure came up with some strange-looking drones - all made from Dyson product parts.

It might be fun to speculate about which Dyson parts were used.  Here are a few of the entries....

 

Dyson Challenge Flying Object Entry: © Dyson, Inc.Dyson Challenge Flying Object Entry: © Dyson, Inc.

 

 Dyson Challenge Flying Object Entry: © Dyson, Inc.Dyson Challenge Flying Object Entry: © Dyson, Inc.

 

Dyson Challenge Flying Object Entry: © Dyson, Inc.Dyson Challenge Flying Object Entry: © Dyson, Inc.

 

The Challenge, as you may expect, was not only that the Dyson engineers build flying objects, but that they actually fly. And fly through a specific course without plowing into anything or breaking any balloons on the course.  Here's a look at how some of the flying objects did....

 

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About 100 engineers from Dyson plants in Great Britain and Asia took part in the Dyson Challenge 2013.  They divided into 12 teams.  The winning team's drone was called Beeline, described as a quadcopter inspired by Ross Lovegrove's engineering principle of fat free design. Beeline kept its weight to a minimum and used a Dyson's brushless motor.  It had four propellers and was controlled by a built-in 3-axis gyro and accelerometer. Dyson engineer Darren Lewis steered the Beeline to victory.

 

Dyson Challenge Flying Object Winner: Beeline: © Dyson, Inc.Dyson Challenge Flying Object Winner: Beeline: © Dyson, Inc.

 

These drones all looked a little obvious to go undercover, but the most of them made it up in the air at least, and I bet the whole event was a great learning experience for everyone involved.