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OhGizmo! Review – Dyson DC41 Animal

By Chris Scott Barr

Vacuuming is a normal, everyday chore that needs to be done to prevent your house from looking like slobs live there. The only problem is, it takes forever to get the regular junk off the floor, let alone all of that teeny tiny debris that has been ground into your carpet for who knows how long. Which is why having a good quality vacuum will make things that much easier on you and your household.

If you hear Dyson, and vacuum being used in the same sentence, there’s a good chance the topic is about how well they work, and that whole, “never losing suction” thing. As a cleaning aficionado (aka neat freak), I was certainly intrigued by all this talk of fancy vacuums, and wanted to see if they were up to par. Lo and behold, a Dyson DC41 Animal arrived on my doorstep, and the results were astonishing.

This vacuum is appropriately named “Animal” as it simply amazing at picking up animal hair. It’s suction powers have the capabilities to pick up the normal stuff, and even somewhat remove what one might think were stains. It can easily move from carpet to hardwood floors without sucking up the carpet, and it has kept its word of not losing suction.

Any old regular vacuum can only move back and forth, but with the ball design, you can flawlessly roll and pivot around any obstacles you may face. The ball does make it a bit bigger than other vacuum heads, which makes it difficult to vacuum under things, unless you get an additional attachment. However, it still does it’s job quite well, so that’s not as much of an issue.

Assembly is super quick, with only three main pieces to put together. The canister for this vacuum is rather large at 0.55 cu. ft., the hose can go to the top of the stairs, so there is no lugging involved, and it’s rather lightweight at only 17.4lbs. Not to mention the cord is exceptionally long, which is great for anyone who lives in a larger home. You’ll only need one outlet per floor, which is a pleasant thing, as you would normally have to hunt to find optimally placed plugs in the wall so you don’t have to spend time plugging and unplugging the cord.

It does make a bit of a racket, but it’s no worse than any other type of vacuum. Although it is pretty energy efficient, keep in mind that this is pretty heavy duty vacuum, so having multiple appliances still plugged in is not the best of ideas. Unless of course you want to blow a fuse.

Having experienced both bagged and bag less vacuums in the past, it was nice to know that the canister was going to be a mess to clean out or smell after multiple usages. The canister empties out at the bottom, which although very convenient, was not apparent to me in the beginning. (oops!) Overall, this is a great vacuum, and has very few flaws. It’s weight, although very light, may be a bit much if you can’t lift more than 10 or 15 pounds, but I would definitely recommend it to others, provided you’re willing to dish out $600. However, I’d much rather spend that, than buying and replacing cheaper ones that won’t last, or perform nearly as well.

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Ionator Turns Harmless Water Into Chemical Cleaning Agent

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By Evan Ackerman

The days of buying spray bottles full of cleaning chemicals are over, since through the magic of science you can now turn ordinary tap water into a powerful industrial solvent thanks to the Activeion’s Ionator.

The Ionator takes regular water and converts it into ionized hydric acid, which (I know, I know) sounds really bad for you but is actually one of the safer industrial solvents out there, as long as you don’t accidentally inhale too much of it (’cause if you do, it’ll kill you). The hydric acid (also known as OH2) has a small electrical charge and functions in much the same way that regular soap does: it breaks up dirt particles and then sticks to them, allowing you to wipe surfaces clean. It also kills bacteria, yay!

Although Activeion is a bit vague on exactly how their product manages to create a chemical out of water (something about ion exchange membranes), it’s apparently a fancy and complicated process, since the battery operated squirt bottle with the ActiveIon technology inside will cost you $170. The “pro” version (which is slightly more rugged, I guess) is $330. But, it’s endorsed by Bill Nye, so it must be awesome, right?

Before you buy one of these, however, you should be aware that organizations like National Consumer Coalition Against DHMO are working hard to ban hydric acid, since (among other things) it’s used as a an industrial coolant and ends up as a major component in acid rain. So, before you start spraying your stuff with a new chemical instead of your old ones, make sure you get all the facts.

[ Activeion ] VIA [ Core77 ]

Electrolux Concept Adds Music To Your Cleaning Routine

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By Chris Scott Barr

I hate vacuuming. It’s not that I’m lazy and don’t want to clean, it’s that I really just hate the noise my vacuum makes. Headphones go a long way toward drowning it out, but it still just gets on my nerves. Wouldn’t it be great if instead of some ungodly noise, your sweeper blasted out music of your choice? The folks at Electrolux have been hard at work on just such a device.

It appears to be currently in its concept stage, but the Silence Amplified vacuum is not only one of the quietest of its kind, but features a fancy little iPod dock and some speakers. In their quest to make the perfect cleaning tool, they did a study to see how music affected people’s cleaning routines. It seems that hard rock gets the job done fastest (which explains how I can make the house spotless in record time) while those listening to jazz are more thorough (did I say spotless? Well it looks clean enough.). No word on if or when this will be turned into an actual product we’ll be able to purchase.

[ Electrolux ] VIA [ Appliancist ]

Electrolux Concept Adds Music To Your Cleaning Routine

By Chris Scott Barr

I hate vacuuming. It’s not that I’m lazy and don’t want to clean, it’s that I really just hate the noise my vacuum makes. Headphones go a long way toward drowning it out, but it still just gets on my nerves. Wouldn’t it be great if instead of some ungodly noise, your sweeper blasted out music of your choice? The folks at Electrolux have been hard at work on just such a device.

It appears to be currently in its concept stage, but the Silence Amplified vacuum is not only one of the quietest of its kind, but features a fancy little iPod dock and some speakers. In their quest to make the perfect cleaning tool, they did a study to see how music affected people’s cleaning routines. It seems that hard rock gets the job done fastest (which explains how I can make the house spotless in record time) while those listening to jazz are more thorough (did I say spotless? Well it looks clean enough.). No word on if or when this will be turned into an actual product we’ll be able to purchase.

[ Electrolux ] VIA [ Appliancist ]

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TVClean Is A Lint Roller For Your TV Or Monitor

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By Chris Scott Barr

Being the bachelor that I am, I wouldn’t exactly call myself a clean freak. Granted, I usually keep things pretty tidy, since I can’t work in a messy office, but I’d fail the old white glove test. One thing that I do hate is when people touch my monitors or TV. I spend half my day staring at one, so I really don’t want fingerprints on it. I generally use a microfiber cloth to clean my screens, but here’s another interesting solution.

The TV Clean is sort of like a lint roller for your LCD monitor or TV. You just roll the little device over your screen, and its rubber roller picks up any dust and dirt, which is transferred to a sticky roller. This does seem like an easy way to get the dust off, but unfortunately you’ll still need to use a microfiber cloth to remove fingerprints and such. $50 seems a bit expensive for a dust remover. I’m sure it works just fine, but so does my method, and I don’t have to pay for refills.

[ TVClean ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Ultrasonic Eyeglass Cleaner

By Jonathan Kimak

Here’s a story I’ll share even though it will make me seem a tad stupid. I wear glasses(I gave up contacts long ago because of the daily hassle) and always had trouble keeping them clean. The sprays and special cloths didn’t work as much as I’d like, so one day I thought of a brilliant idea to keep the glasses really clean. I used Gojo, the orange pumice soap to remove some tough paint stains from the glasses. The glasses came clean and I began using Gojo regularly. That is until I had scratched the glasses so much that I finally noticed it and realized how dumb I had been.

So this little machine might be the thing for me since it means my newest pair of glasses won’t be touched by anything.

The Ultrasonic Eyeglass cleaner cleans glasses(and jewelry, CDs and many other items) by emitting sound waves at 42,000 Hz. The sound waves knock off all the dust and dirt leaving your glasses nice and clean and scratch free. There are multiple time settings and three power levels. And the cleaning box is large enough to hold two pairs of glasses.

You can order this online for $69.95 (Embarassing story not included).

[ Ultrasonic Eyeglass Cleaner ] VIA [ Tech Digest ]