Apartment Therapy at the Unveiling of Dyson's Newest Invention

NYC - February 2013

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British inventor, James Dyson, has done it again. Embracing his trademark "there ought to be a better way" approach that spurred his most well-known high-end vacuum cleaners and blade-less fans, he has now revolutionized, or at the very least streamlined, the way we wash and dry our hands. We were lucky to get a recent sneak peek here in NYC of his latest creation, the Airblade Tap.

James Dyson demonstrating the Airblade Tap

The sleek and minimalist Airblade Tap is essentially an all-in-one touch-free water faucet and hand dryer. Activated by infrared sensors, the water turns on when you place your hands underneath (no innovation here), but then as you raise your hands up and outwards a blast of cold air blowing at 430mph literally pushes, or as Dyson explained, "scrapes", the water off your hands. In about 14 seconds our hands were perfectly dry. And the internal HEPA filter claims to remove 99.9 percent of bacteria, further appealing to our innermost germaphobe.

The Airblade Tap In Action

Also featured were other singular hand dryers, the updated Airblade MK II, a wall mounted dryer where you immerse your hands into holes at the top of the dryer and the new Airblade V, both using powerful air pressure (rather than heat) to expel the water from your hands.

Maxwell checking out the updated Airblade MK II
The new Airblade V

James Dyson proudly explained how all three hand dryers use much less energy and therefore have a smaller carbon footprint than weaker hand dryers and paper towels. But with the Airblade Tap priced at approximately $1500, unless we're in Jennifer Aniston's house (yes, a Dyson rep confirmed she has one in her bathroom), it seems we'll be visiting a cutting edge restroom to re-visit our Airblade Tap experience. Maybe by then Dyson will add a sensored soap dispenser--now that would be a trifecta in the art of public restroom hand washing!

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(Images: Neila Deen)