Washing and Drying Your Hands with Dyson’s Airblade Tap

Posted on Feb 6 2013 - 9:28pm by Richard Sharp

Washing and drying your hands has traditionally been a rather mundane, perhaps even dull, task. Part of the blame for this is down to the fact that few, if any gadgets, are involved in the process.

Well, that is about to change, thanks to Dyson. The British firm has revealed to the world a sleek high speed hand dryer which also offers hot and cold water.

It is called the Airblade Tap and is expected to cost around £1,000. Sir James Dyson is the man behind the company and he said that device would offer users a saving in the longterm when compared to other types of dryers and even towels.

High Speed Air

tapIt is made up of a unit with a motor and air filter and some equipment to minimise the noise. This all goes under the sink and a pipe then takes the water and the air to the tap. Cool air comes out of the stainless steel head of the device at 430 mph – that’s pretty breezy.

The machine then uses infra red sensors to work out whether there any hands waiting under the centre of the tap for water or under the side of it for air.

The Airblade Tap technology has a total 10 of patents already granted and there are another 100 pending at the current time.

The head of the machine which delivers the air and the water is what attracts most attention but Sir James pointed out that the 7 years of development work on the motor meant that this is the real key to the whole thing.

We actually think the firm are on to something here, they did prove us wrong with the dog grooming tool a couple of years back.

What do you think of the Airblade Taps? Where do you think they’ll be used first?

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Richard Sharp is the founder of gadgetsandgizmos.org. He loves technology, gadgets (comes with the territory) and social media. You'll find him writing features, attending events and playing with cool tech. Life's good.

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