Dyson, the British engineering group, has announced its Airblade Tap, a device that combines a high-speed hand dryer with hot and cold water outlets.
The company says that the new $1500 device dries hands hygienically at the sink in just 12 seconds and is a cost effective alternative to current options on the market.
It works by placing a motor, air filter and sound-silencers below the tap, and a stainless steel head from which air is expelled at 430 miles per hour. Water is pumped through the same faucet, making it different from existing hand washer-driers which usually contain two separate outlets for water and air. The electromagnetic motor was developed at an estimated cost of $47 million by 100 engineers over a period of seven years.
The drying mechanism works via a brushless DC motor, which produces two sheets of air at 420 mph, working as a type of squeegee for the liquid on the user’s hands. According to the announcement, the Airblades can dry wet hands in 14 seconds. The tap features one of the world’s smallest fully-integrated 1600 watt motors and eliminates water spillage on the floor from dripping hands.
Dyson told the BBC that the device was protected by 110 patents, and that another 100 were pending. They claim that the machine cuts energy use, and despite its high price is able to save users money over the long run.
James Dyson, firm’s founder said: “The Dyson digital motor self-adjusts 6,000 times a second to maintain optimum efficiency to create high velocity sheet of air that dries hands quickly and hygienically.”
The first Dyson Airblade standalone dryer introduced in 2006, proved to be a huge success for the firm. The tap is available as of today and comes with a 5 year warranty.