Dyson’s Innovative Faucet–Hand Dryer

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The latest invention by James Dyson, the Airblade Tap lets you wash your hands and dry them in one spot – bringing a whole new kind of faucet to commercial spaces.

The new design – part of a collection of Dyson‘s new or improved products – combines a cylindrical tap with two air-emitting branches. Made of seamlessly welded stainless steel, it resembles a propeller.

Once you place your hands in front of the tap, infrared sensors turn it on. When it’s time to dry – the two functions are never activated at once – you can place your hands below the two wing-like shafts. A circuit board activates the digital motor, and two intense, yet cool, sheets of air dry them in about 14 seconds. (Dyson, himself, demos the product here.)

Besides integrating two functions that seem to belong together, the product’s main raison d’être is as a solution for high-traffic washrooms – say, in malls or casinos – where one often has to walk from the faucet, with dripping hands, to the dryer (and, if it’s a shoddy model, perhaps wait a while until the person before you is done using it). The Airblade’s dual design would eliminate the dispersion of water droplets, and hence bacteria that gets passed around in public washrooms.

It also incorporates a HEPA filter – located inside the “motor bucket,” which is installed below the sink – that cleans the air before blowing it onto your hands. Equipped with an aerator, the tap is water-conserving; and by unleashing unheated air, the dryer saves energy. The product comes in wall mounted and counter top versions with a long or short stem.

Among the other products just launched are a new model of the Airblade hand dryer, called Airblade V: it’s a compact, wall-mountable box with a V-shaped bottom. The original mK2 model of the Airblade – which you slide your hands into – has been re-engineered as a lighter product; the manufacturer removed 1.1 kilograms of material.


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