How we cut the cord
Hair dryer 1.0
The hair dryer in your bathroom isn’t much different from the original handheld hair dryer that hit the market in the 1920s. Though there have been big improvements in wattage, most dryers still rely on the same basic element for heating and power.
2016: Our hand-made prototype
Meet VOLO’s north star. We created this non-functioning prototype in 2016 at the beginning of our R & D. It has remained our inspiration for the design direction of the final VOLO Go Cordless Dryer!
“The Knobster” was our first fully-functioning prototype for a battery-powered hair dryer, affectionately named because of the large knob on the side to control power.
This was our first prototype that used a full-powered quartz-infrared heating element, the very same heating element in the final VOLO Go Cordless Dryer. At this point we realized that infrared heat performed at salon-quality levels. We think of her as “The Breakthrough.”
“The Silver Bullet”
Not every prototype makes it to the finish line-- “The Silver Bullet” was a failed attempt at 3D printing, but one that still proved priceless in helping VOLO to secure our second round of angel investment.
The VOLO Go Cordless Dryer in all her glory. We finalized battery functionality and worked to package all the battery cells into the sleek design you know as the VOLO Go. Five years in the making, we think the hard work paid off.