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The World’s Most Engineered Christmas Tree

Dyson engineers produced the world's most engineered Christmas tree, floating balls using Bernoulli's principle, displayed at the office reception area

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When engineers at Dyson created the world’s most engineered Christmas tree, t’was a masterpiece.

Nobody knows where the first Christmas tree was made. Its origins are traced long before the advent of Christianity, where plants and trees that are green always had a special meaning.

It was only in the 1890s that Christmas ornaments grew in Germany as accessories to the celebration of the birth of Christ.

At the time, Christmas trees are still getting popular in the United States, which reach from floor to ceiling; and in Europe with only small trees about four feet in height.

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During the early years of the 20th century, Christmas trees were decorated with different designs.

In America, they were placed mostly with homemade ornaments. The German-American sect used apples, nuts, and marzipan cookies to enhance their Christmas trees.

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In no time, electricity was introduced to the tree. The bright lights made Christmas tree glow, completely redefining the ornament.

That was the start of the flourish of the famous tree. It began to appear in town squares and plazas all over the world, which already became a December tradition.

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Since then, the Christmas tree has been updated so little. It’s still the same evergreen but with the varying colors, heights, and decors.

The farthest innovation it got was it was stuck to the ceiling which made the tree in reverse.

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Not until Dyson, a British technology company that designs and manufactures vacuum cleaners, hand dryers, bladeless fans, and heaters, have developed an engineered Christmas tree in 2015 that is out of the ordinary.

Before it got to the firm’s reception area at Dyson’s headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire in the UK, the 12-foot futuristic Christmas tree was worked on by their eight researchers and designers.

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It was applied with aspects of Dyson technology and used the Bernoulli’s principle in fluid mechanics.

The base of the tree is composed of transparent hoover tubes, while the body consists of nine hovering ornaments floating in the air.

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It has tubes which use jets of wind to have the foam decors suspend in mid-air – this is possible because of the said engineering principle.

A senior fluid dynamics engineer at Dyson explains, “The tree uses Bernoulli’s principle to suspend baubles at the end of the tree branches.

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Swiss scientist Daniel Bernoulli demonstrated that, in most cases, the pressure in a liquid or gas decreases as it moves faster, this is why the baubles [stay] suspended in the air.

”The Christmas tree is not complete without its star. Its designers had made a yellow foam ball ornament atop the tree.

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The world’s most engineered tree was not made overnight. Its creators said it took a month of creating the Dyson tree, with multiple iterations along the way before arriving to the final design.

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They had to consider a lot of factors including fluid dynamics, acoustics and model making.

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