“Anyone developing new products and new technology needs one characteristic above all else: hope.” – James Dyson
The vacuum cleaner is a major appliance in the household today. There are many people who have patents on the vacuum cleaner, but it all started out with a broom and dust pan. During the early part of 1700 once or twice a year people would take their carpet outside, hang them over their clothes line and knock it with a carpet beater.
The vacuum cleaner was in its infantile stages during the first half of the 20th century and the better they became the more people wanted to buy and use them. People were becoming more conscious of dirt, dust, sanitation and health issues making these machines a commodity. Some of the advancements that have been made to the vacuum cleaner over the last one hundred and ten years have helped with sanitation, design, and use.
The impact that the vacuum cleaner has had in society is significant, as electricity was becoming available, and our cultural need to keep things clean was beginning to develop. The vacuum cleaner would increase the frequency of cleaning to once a week (instead of once a season or once a year) and involve fewer people. This invention started out large and clumsy and has progressed to a light weight and smooth dust busting machine.
 Ruth Schwartz Cowan, More Work for Mother: The Ironies of Household Technology from the Open Hearth to the Microwave (U.S.A.: Basic Books Inc., 1983), 12.
Dyson . Dyson Vacuum Cleaners. http://www.dyson.com/insideDyson/search.asp?catID=The%20Dyson%20story&hf=&js= (accessed February 2, 2011).