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Dyson Unveils New 'Wet and Dry' AirBlade Faucet

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Dyson is setting its sights on taps now.

Though it was originally known for producing vacuum cleaners, Dyson is arguably one of the coolest companies around. Responsible for the AirBlade dryers you see in public restrooms, the company also produces bladeless fans, bladeless fan heaters, as well as its complete line of vacuums. This week, the company is adding another innovative product to its portfolio.

 

Dyson has just announced a new AirBlade faucet that will dry your hands after you've washed them. The AirBlade Tap combines a high-speed hand dryer with hot and cold water outlets and retails for over £1000. Dyson says hands can now be dried at the sink in under 15 seconds with no need to move to a separate hand drying area.

The AirBlade Tap is based on the Dyson digital motor V4, one of the world's smallest fully-integrated 1400W motors. It's powerful enough to draw in over 7 US gallons of air a second through a HEPA filter and dry hands in 14 seconds. The AirBlade Tap comes in three different models, the AB09, AB10, and AB11. The first two are short and long variations of the faucet, while the AB11 is a wall tap. 

Here's how it works, courtesy of Dyson's AirBlade brochure:

  1. Hands placed under sensors – touch free start.
  2. Dirty restroom air is sucked in by the Dyson digital motor V4.
  3. It passes through a HEPA filter, removing 99.97% of the bacteria at 0.3 microns from the air used to dry hands.
  4. The filtered air passes over the electronics, cooling them.
  5. The air then reaches the motor, which channels it up and through the machine.
  6. Air passes into the air hose.
  7. It’s then forced through apertures – creating sheets of air traveling at 420 mph.
  8. The sheets of air literally scrape water from hands simultaneously.
  9. Hands are dried hygienically in 14 seconds.

The Dyson AirBlade Tap will cost $48 per year. This is compared to the $40-$43 per year cost of a regular Dyson AirBlade dryer. Other hand dryer solutions can cost as much as $1,460 per year, according to Dyson. The AirBlade Tap will be available in March of this year. We continue to wait patiently for the AirBlade shower.

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    Anonymous , February 5, 2013 4:47 PM
    Will they have a British version that freezes one hand and scalds the other?
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    sundragon , February 5, 2013 4:08 PM
    If this works as fast as the commercial AirBlade driers, they may make it sell.
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    gm0n3y , February 5, 2013 4:35 PM
    I'm surprised that making a faucet / dryer combo took this long. It should be more efficient and take up less space.
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    dimcorner , February 5, 2013 4:40 PM
    Not to mention the floor won't be wet all the time from people walking with dripping hands over to the drying station.
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    Anonymous , February 5, 2013 4:44 PM
    its actually not more efficient. Its essentially combining an assembly line into one step. Only purpose would be non-crowded restrooms or single stall places.
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    Anonymous , February 5, 2013 4:47 PM
    Will they have a British version that freezes one hand and scalds the other?
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    everlast66 , February 5, 2013 6:03 PM
    BuzzerflyWill they have a British version that freezes one hand and scalds the other?

    Good one!
    I've always wandered how am I supposed to wash my hands when I am around the UK and come across one of these older sinks. I usually try using only the hot tap and try to finish while the slightly cooler water in the pipes is running.
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    Anonymous , February 5, 2013 6:22 PM
    this will fling and vaporize sink germs, sending them everywhere. would not recommend for public. Maybe not even for private home use.
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    wiyosaya , February 5, 2013 6:56 PM
    All the airblade hand driers that I have used always leave my hands wet and Dyson expects these to dry hands while applying water to them?

    Anyone wanna buy a bridge? :) 

    Is this yet another case of "keep telling everyone what you want them to believe and they will eventually believe it even when it is not true" - in other words, "Marketing?" Sounds like it to me!

    IMHO, Dyson is the Bose of the vacuum world and is better ignored.
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    ko888 , February 5, 2013 8:43 PM
    From the TV show The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon's rant on hot air hand dryers: "Hot air blowers are incubators and spewers of bacteria and pestilence. Frankly it'd be more hygienic to have a plague-infested gibbon sneeze my hands dry."
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    nukemaster , February 5, 2013 8:49 PM
    I only used the air blade dyer 1 or 2 times. It seemed to do the job good and fast to be honest.

    On the vacuum front, Too many bag-less vacuums tend to suck.

    It is not practical if you have to clean the filter and parts of the vacuum with another vacuum every 3rd-4th use.

    The Dyson goes for a year before you even need to look at cleaning it(the filter is still quite clean, just parts of the system need to be blown out with a compressor).
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    danwat1234 , February 5, 2013 9:53 PM
    Hmm, what happens if there is water still in the sink, like the drain is partially plugged... Water sprays everywhere! There should be some check in place
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    alevox , February 5, 2013 9:58 PM
    nukemasterOn the vacuum front, Too many bag-less vacuums tend to suck.


    Isn't that the point? :p 
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    anti-painkilla , February 12, 2013 1:12 AM
    wiyosayaAll the airblade hand driers that I have used always leave my hands wet and Dyson expects these to dry hands while applying water to them?Anyone wanna buy a bridge? Is this yet another case of "keep telling everyone what you want them to believe and they will eventually believe it even when it is not true" - in other words, "Marketing?" Sounds like it to me!IMHO, Dyson is the Bose of the vacuum world and is better ignored.


    They are relatively easy to use, I am surprised that you struggled. They even have instructions attached for first time users.

    On a less douchey note, they filter the air and use high pressure not heat to dry your hands making they more hygienic than other air dryers.

    I do love them though, it does take the full 10 seconds to dry your hands.
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    Bananaman8910 , February 12, 2013 1:17 PM
    Will these give free bacon like the old hot air hand dryers?
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    robochump , February 13, 2013 11:55 PM
    Anonymousthis will fling and vaporize sink germs, sending them everywhere. would not recommend for public. Maybe not even for private home use.


    Actually a good point. BUT I think the air is pushed at an angle that is not directed towards bottom of sink so any water will not get pushed out onto the person using it. Nothing like dirty bathroom water all over you to make your day...lol.
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    jurassic1024 , February 14, 2013 11:47 PM
    wiyosayaAll the airblade hand driers that I have used always leave my hands wet and Dyson expects these to dry hands while applying water to them?Anyone wanna buy a bridge? Is this yet another case of "keep telling everyone what you want them to believe and they will eventually believe it even when it is not true" - in other words, "Marketing?" Sounds like it to me!IMHO, Dyson is the Bose of the vacuum world and is better ignored.


    Water comes out first, THEN the air. The process is not simultaneous.
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    thecolorblue , February 21, 2013 9:49 AM
    ko888From the TV show The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon's rant on hot air hand dryers: "Hot air blowers are incubators and spewers of bacteria and pestilence. Frankly it'd be more hygienic to have a plague-infested gibbon sneeze my hands dry."

    absolutely true for the filthy "air blade" designs. good luck getting your hands in and out without striking the sides of the blades... however the water splashing onto your hands that was deposited in the blade by theguy who wiped his diahrreah @$$ and then "washed" his hands with a quick soapless water spritz... that splash over from previous users of the dryers is why nobody should ever use them... ever.

    i'd lovefor a tv show to do a bacterial growth test by swabbing various locations in the bathrooms, streaking onto sterile agar plates and then incubating at 37C O/N. I bet you that the drippings within the dyson blades are worse than the tiolet seats.
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    MajinCry , May 2, 2013 2:28 PM
    The most intolerable and excruciatingly painful problem that every first-world citizen must suffer...It's finally been irradicated! Huzzah!
    Wait a minute...
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