Sir James Dyson explains how he admires Joseph-Armand Bombardier for his inventions as he recalls his visits at his museum in Montreal. Bombardier was the one that invented the snowmobile in the 1930’s. He came up with the idea by attaching a pair of skis and a propeller to a Ford Model T engine. Dyson mentions how their father saw it too dangerous to play with, so he forbade them from using it. Luckily, they did!
Bombardier has built a huge company out of his inventions. Some of his products include subway trains, Ski-Doos and jet liners.
“He was a brilliant, brilliant inventor,” Dyson says. “He was a great engineer and a fantastic entrepreneur.”
Sir James Dyson now 69 years old, graduated from the UK’s Royal College of Art where he studied design. He invented the Ballbarrow, a wheelbarrow that uses a ball to move around. His other inventions include the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner, the ContraRotator washing machine, the Dyson Airblade fast hand dryer and Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. All Dyson products come at a hefty price. Dyson states that his products are not for everyone. Dyson customers pay a premium price because they know that they are getting high quality products. According to Dyson, the company is only interested in making products that work really well and that design is a by-product of that.
Dyson wants to be at the forefront when it comes to batteries. They’ve just spent $90 million to acquire Sakti3, a battery developer based in Michigan.