A silent vacuum cleaner?

How come we can send a man to the moon, or to the orbiting space station but we can’t actually make a quiet vacuum cleaner? – Actually I suspect we can but we choose not to since it would be to expensive to produce. This is why I was sad when the last ever concorde trip was made, it marked the end of an era of pioneering into truely unknown territory. The space shuttles are 30 years old and unlikely to be replaced en-masse and a cynical viewpoint may be that we’ve reached a point where innovation is less to do with pioneering technologies at large scale and more to do with miniaturisation and mobility. The “always on” culture. I for one do not want to be always available and contactable. I like new technology, do get me wrong, but I also like to switch off.

Why am I ranting? – Well I’m concerned that everything is increasingly cost and workplace driven  in our society and technology innovation is particularly so, I would hate to see us moving in an era where capitalism actually stifles true creativity and innovation.

About willwoods
I'm Head of Learning and Teaching Technologies in the Institute of Educational Technology at the Open University.

5 Responses to A silent vacuum cleaner?

  1. In all fairness we have several that come extremely close. Remember, we send men to the moon, but it’s extremely loud!

  2. willwoods says:

    Except in space as that’s a vacuum!

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  4. vacuum cleaners with very powerful motors are the ones that we always buy, they are a bit expensive but definitely better ”

  5. Jim Murray says:

    I saw some good vacuum comparison on you tube . Had the Black and Decker win a vacuum contest with Dyson and Dirt Devil for about half the cost. So there is hope.

    Also noting the Beatle posters in town, sponsored by Apple. 50 year old creativity lives on. Best of luck!

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