Dyson Airblade Tap by Dyson


Dyson Airblade Tap by Dyson

Product news: British industrial design brand Dyson has launched a combined tap and hand dryer so hands can be both washed and dried without leaving the sink. 

Dyson Airblade Tap by Dyson

Infrared sensors in the Dyson Airblade Tap pinpoint the positions of the user's hands and release water from the tap, before two high-velocity sheets of unheated clean air are released to scrape water off hands and leave them dry in 12 seconds.

As with the earlier Airblade hand dryers, the system forces air through tiny apertures at 692 kilometres per hour, passing it through a HEPA filter to remove 99% of bacteria from the air first.

Dyson Airblade Tap by Dyson

Made from an anti-corrosion stainless steel that's normally used for the construction of boats, the new product is powered by a new 16000 W motor that accelerates from 0 to 90,000 RPM in less than 0.7 seconds. The motor took seven years to develop at a cost of £26.9 million.

Dyson Airblade Tap by Dyson

Founder of the company James Dyson said: “Using complex computer modelling Dyson engineers have developed a high performance digital motor. The Dyson digital motor self-adjusts 6,000 times a second to maintain optimum efficiency to create high velocity sheet of air that dries hands quickly and hygienically.”

Dyson Airblade Tap by Dyson

The new motor has also been applied to updated versions of the Dyson Airblade V hand dryer, which is now 60% smaller, and the Dyson Airblade MK2 hand dryer, which has had 1.1 kg of material removed.

Dyson Airblade Tap by Dyson

Industrial designer James Dyson founded the Dyson brand in 1970, when he invented the first bag-less vacuum cleaner. In recent years the company has launched the Air Multiplier, a fan with no blades, which he discusses with Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs in a podcast we recorded in 2010.

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  • Mini Mal

    £27 million quid and it still looks clunky?

  • Mini Mal

    A nice place to hang a hand towel.

  • Gtaylor

    I think it's brilliant, frankly.

  • David Horne

    Goes to show you really can't polish a McWash!

  • Unique design, high-end materials and finish, and outstanding looks.

  • matt

    Where do you put the bag? LOL

  • From an innovation perspective, this is what Dyson is all about. Pushing the boundaries and leading the industry. Great stuff!

    But from a user’s perspective, I find this a little bit disappointing; especially coming from Dyson.

    I can see this product becoming a real nuisance in public toilets, especially when you are waiting to wash your hands. Do I really need to wait until the person has dried them too now?

    I think they’ve missed the point here, a shame really.

  • amsam

    I thought the thousand-dollar “air multiplier” fan was frankly ridiculous, but anything that improves washing/drying hands at a movie theatre or restaurant has my vote.

  • Sam

    Where does the soap go?

    • PTimble

      That will be another £27 million quid.

  • Andrew Nelson

    It seems to me that this design will create a traffic jam at the sinks, with so many people stuck in one place to both wash and dry their hands. Dyson’s other drying designs seem much more logical in light of this.

  • Romain

    With all the embedded technology, do economies of scale apply here? I mean, how many of these will any developer be able to afford? Dyson must feel very confident about the way they spend their money.

    If I were to help design (here’s me crossing my fingers and typing at the same time) a new high-tech airport, how would I justify fitting public washrooms with extremely high end sinks that may break down from over use (and may require a Master of Science to fix), isn’t this over-engineering?

    Why is there even still a sink? Why not go all-in and design a wash-station that saves space and could perhaps be fitted into planes, trains and buses?

  • Team

    If it’s an all-in-one and costs £1000 where is the detergent for cleaning your hands i.e. a soap dispenser? Dyson is all talk about not having to drip water around the sink and the inconvenience of having to move over to a drier, as if that is such a problem in this world, but what about going to get soap? Or is Mr Dyson proposing we do away with using detergent? I’m sure the NHS and catering services wouldn’t be too fond of that.

    Also, why not have a single stream airblade over a row of sinks so you use one power source?

  • Questions

    High maintenance costs replacing filters, as per bag-less vacuum cleaners. When do you know it needs replacing? What tools do you need? Can you wash them and reuse? How do you isolate the electrics to change the filter. Do you need to be an electrician or plumber?

    No soap as mentioned and no alternative drying method if it fails due to electrical fault, or will you need an Airblade dryer as well? Smart marketing ploy; needs some answers.

  • beatrice

    Designer of the world’s ugliest hand dryer and a 200 pound desktop fan that solves that terrible problem of ‘choppy air’ that worried us for centuries. Pfft.

    Give me a World Dryer Corporation hand dryer any day. Running since the sixties and they only recently changed the design.