- Category: Gadgets
10 Feb 2013
- Written by Stephen Fenech
Mention the name Dyson and you think about vacuum cleaners and fans but another area for the company is hand dryers and the latest high-tech models have just been announced.
More than $150m has been spend researching and developing motor technology among more than 100 engineers in the Dyson team with the resulting technology included in the company’s latest products including the latest line of hand dryers.
There are three Dyson hand dryers in the new range – the Airblade Tap hand dryer, Airblade V and the Airblade mk2.
What separates Dyson hand dryers from other models is the technology behind it.
Rather than direct heated bacteria-filled air as some models do, Dyson’s new products aim sheets of unheated air at high velocity to scrape moisture from the person’s hands like a windscreen wiper.
Each of the internal motors accelerate from 0-90,000 RPM in .7 of a second and air is passed through a HEPA filter to remove 99.9% of bacteria before it’s blown onto hands.
“Using complex computer modeling, Dyson engineers have developed a high performance digital motor,” James Dyson said.
“The Dyson digital motor self-adjusts 6,000 times a second to maintain optimum efficiency to create a high velocity sheet of air that dries hands quickly and hygienically.”
AIRBLADE TAP ($1,590)
Available in July, the Dyson Airblade Tap can wash and dry hands without the need to step away from the sink.
Sensors detect the hand positions to direct water from the tap before funnelling the high-speed sheets of drying air when the hands are moved out under the dryer’s vents.
AIRBLADE V ($1,290)
This latest version of the Airblade V is 60 per cent smaller than the original model. Two sheets of high-speed air angled at 115 degrees can span the width of each hand to quickly scrape off the water.
AIRBLADE MK2 ($1,390 ABS plastic, $1,590 aluminium)
Dyson’s engineers have re-designed the Airblade MK2 and removed 2.5kg of materials from the product to make it even quieter and reduce carbon emissions.
The Airblade MK2 is HACCP-approved which means it meets hygiene standards for use in the food and beverage industry.