Dyson has launched the Dyson Airblade Tap hand dryer, a combined hand washer and drier in one sink-based unit.
Infrared sensors pinpoint hand positions and release water from the tap stem. Once hands are wet and drying is requested, sheets of unheated filtered air will dry hands in 12 seconds.
James Dyson, founder of Dyson, said: “Using laser cutting techniques to manipulate marine grade steel, Dyson engineers have created an intuitive, high performance tap. Two branches channel high velocity air to literally scrape water from hands and into the sink – not the floor”.
The product is powered by a dense brushless DC motor, utilising a bonded magnet encased in a carbon fibre sleeve. It is one of the world’s smallest and fully integrated 1600W motors, which uses digital pulse technology.
Dyson engineers spent over 2,240 hours designing the motor bucket. They also worked hard to contain noise by introducing springs to reduce vibration, acoustic foams to absorb noise and expansion chambers to improve sound quality.
The product is made from 304 stainless steel – an anti-corrosion steel used for the construction of boats.
Dyson engineers created over 3300 prototypes for the product, and every component was subjected to hundreds of tests.
It comes in three varieties for different washroom set-ups: wall mounted or counter top with a long or short stem.