Dyson chief engineer and lighting inventor Jake Dyson was in Dubai to discuss his latest innovation, Hotel News Middle East caught up with him to find out more…
How important a market for Dyson is the hospitality sector in the Middle East? The hospitality sector is an exciting market for Dyson, as properties in the region want to provide their guests with the latest and best amenities to enhance their experience. There are also many new properties opening. The pace of development is incredible.
What makes Dyson uniquely suited to the market here in Dubai? Dyson uses a science and research led approach to invent new and novel technology that solves the problems others tend to ignore. With initiatives such as Innovation Month, it’s clear that innovation and technological development are valued in the UAE. We hope that our products will make a meaningful difference to businesses and consumers in the region.
Can you tell us about the latest Dyson products aimed at the hotel sector and how they will improve the market here? The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is the result of £50million investment in research and development over more than four years. It is powered by a small but very powerful motor with the diameter of a coin, which sits in its handle. This motor enabled us to make our hair dryer quieter, lighter and faster than many others, while its intelligent heat control helps to prevent heat damage and maintain shine. Dyson lighting, which I have been developing personally since 2004, uses high-power LEDs that are thermally managed, to provide powerful light, precisely where it’s needed – with greater longevity than many other LED products on the market. Our Cu-Beam suspended lights and CSYS task lights provide users with the right light for the task at hand. The Dyson Pure Cool air purifiers remove 99.95% of ultrafine particles from the air, helping to maintain clean and comfortable indoor environments.
What are the major trends at the moment when it comes to innovation for the hotel industry in the Middle East? In common with the wider region, there is a growing move to increase sustainability and reduce the consumption of resources – while still providing an excellent guest experience. Take the new Dyson Airblade Wash+Dry hand dryer for example. It allows users to wash and dry their hands at the sink, helping to prevent the problem of water ending up on the washroom floor, but it also has a significantly lower environmental impact than paper towels and some other hand dryers.
How do you see the future of the GCC hotel sector evolving when it comes to innovation? At Dyson our machines will increasingly combine hardware with software and A.I., to solve problems and meet users’ needs in an ever more autonomous way – reducing the level of input needed from the user. I wouldn’t be surprised to see similar things happening in other sectors such as hospitality, as machines become ever more connected and intelligent.