Noisy washing machines annoyed consumers during lockdown


During lockdown, the noise generated by washing machines annoyed consumers the most. This is according to a mini-poll commissioned for National Quiet Day, revealing that over half of respondents blamed the laundry appliance for disturbing their peace and quiet at home. Conducted via Trend-Monitor for Whirlpool, the poll (of over 1,300 adults) also

showed that nearly than one in 10 people were disrupted by the sound of their kettle and 14 per cent of those surveyed were annoyed by their fridge freezer, however only six per cent were frustrated by noise from their dishwasher. Charmaine Warner, Brand Manager at Whirlpool, commented: “In a world that is changing fast and constantly challenging us, our homes became our safe place and we truly respect what matters. Our homes have been transformed and have become our office, classroom, restaurant, cinema and so much more. We all came up with inventive ideas to stay home and stay safe, however this often meant increased noise and daily disruptions. “Technology exists not only to simplify our lives, but it can also enhance our homes by helping to cook, manage resource consumption and complete a load of laundry, without the noise from the spin cycle interrupting work, school and home life in general.” Whirlpool’s Supreme Care Live washing machine

is pictured.

Co-founder of Meridian Audio, Bob Stuart, awarded prestigious Prince Philip Medal

Bob Stuart, Creator of MQA and Co-founder of Meridian Audio, has been awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Prince Philip Medal for ‘his exceptional contribution to audio engineering which has changed the way we listen to music and experience films’. Mr Stuart is the first audio engineer to receive the award in its 20-year history. Commissioned by HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT, Senior Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Prince Philip Medal is awarded for exceptional contributions to engineering through practice, management or education. In accepting his award, Mr Stuart reflects: “Audio engineering sits at an intersection between analogue and digital engineering, music and the human listener. My passion to enable great sound recording and playback has required a multi-disciplinary approach, but that quest to preserve and share music performances is very satisfying and important. I am honoured and humbled to receive this award from the Royal Academy of Engineering.” In 1977, Mr Stuart co-founded Meridian Audio and served as CTO until early 2015. Following a couple of years working closely with the recording community, Mr Stuart also launched MQA Ltd (Master Quality Authenticated) in December 2014, where he is currently Chairman and CTO. Supported by highly respected record producers and mastering engineers,

MQA’s technology has been adopted by artists and record labels. Sony Music, Warner Music, Universal Music and Merlin (on behalf of independent labels) are all licensed partners.

Hoover helps fund over 7,000 meals for children’s charity

Appliance manufacturer, Hoover, has raised £2,500 for charity through a virtual Cook Along with the brand’s cooking ambassador and restaurateur, Simon Rimmer.

During the virtual cook along, hosted on Zoom earlier this month, Mr Rimmer demonstrated how to cook Huevos Rancheros, a spicy Mexican breakfast. He provided step-by-step guidance in real time to help participants with everything from prepping the

ingredients to serving the meal. Hoover was raising money for the Magic

Breakfast charity, which aims to end hunger as a barrier to education in UK schools through the provision of healthy breakfasts to vulnerable children and the money raised will fund thousands of meals. Antony Peart, Brand and Communications

Director from Hoover, said: “We are absolutely delighted that our virtual cook along with Simon was

a success and that we’re able to make such a significant donation to Magic Breakfast. “Along with Simon, we are passionate in our belief that no child should start the day hungry and we hope that this donation goes some way to making sure that doesn’t happen.” Alex Cunningham, CEO of Magic Breakfast, said:

“This donation will help us provide over 7,000 meals and wrap-around support for children, which is fantastic.”

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