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The floating vacuum cleaner
August 7, 2005 Somewhere between a miniature hovercraft and a traditional vacuum cleaner, the AIRIDER has been nine years in development. While we’re not sure why it took so long, it is nonetheless a very good idea because one of the most difficult aspects of cleaning is dragging the vacuum around behind you and with a cushion of air making the machine frictionless, there’s no effort required to drag it around. Apart from floating an eighth of an inch off the floor, the bag-less design also reduces clogging and increases performance, with a claimed suction speed of 200 miles per hour.
Now we could go on and on about this but we won’t. It’s really a normal modern bag-less vacuum cleaner that is totally frictionless – there’s a Windows video here that demonstrates the hovercraft part quite well. Priced at the premium end of the vacuum market at UK230 pounds, it’s a very cool, stylish vacuum cleaner that should remove some of the effort from vacuuming. That's inventor Mike Rooney in the pics.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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Presumably the writer is too young to remember the 1960's when the Hoover Constellation was a very popular (and spherical) hovering vacuum cleaner.
It merely used the exhaust from the motor to provide lift. Being extraordinarily
simple it was also cheap and probably took about 9 minutes to design, not 9 years!
@professore my parents still have one of those and it\'s the preferred tool for cleaning the house! makes a bit of noise but who cares if it does a good job?
One thing I wondered about this article: What does a \"suction speed of 200MPH\" mean? Oh well, I suppose there\'s no other way of measuring suction that the layman will understand! (we have to remember that a vacuum cleaner will suck, but will it suck at the same speed with a 1-inch diameter hose as it would with [for example] a 5-inch hose?)
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