Hot or Not? James Dyson to Build Modular Kitchen Appliances

Hot or Not? James Dyson to Build Modular Kitchen Appliances

Sonia Zjawinski
Aug 6, 2009

There's been talk for some time now about James Dyson, inventor of that very hyped and very expensive vacuum, and his recent filing to the US patent office. In April of this year, Dyson submitted plans for modular kitchen appliances that could save us all a lot of counter space.

After the jump we decipher what all those numbers mean in the sketch above...

Dyson's proposal would turn our blenders, coffee makers, and toasters into compact, rectangular units that can easily be stacked together. "One configuration even includes a water tank/filtration system that could replace both tea kettles and water coolers," reports Fast Company.

The main unit (10) houses the modules and sits on the counter (40). Each of the appliances comprises an outer housing and each housing has two side surfaces (20) and, extending between the side surfaces, an upper surface (22), a front surface (24), a rear surface and a lower surface (both not shown).

A control panel (32) for controlling the operation of the appliances is located in a recessed portion of the upper surface of each housing. The control panel is sized and shaped to fit in the recessed portion of the upper surface. Each control panel comprises several user operable buttons for controlling the operation of each of the appliance modules.

The main unit rests in the base (50) that carries a connector for connecting the appliances together. It's unclear if the base would provide conductive electricity to power each of the units or not.

(Image: U.S. Patent Application 009009572)

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