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Dyson launches combined water tap and Airblade hand dryer

05 February 2013

The conventional way to wash and dry hands is too slow, says Dyson, which has come up with a new product - a combined tap and hand dryer - which does the job in seconds.

Hand drying facilities are often not located near a sink, and hand dryers can take up to 43 seconds, so people can give up.

But damp hands spread up to 1,000 times more bacteria than dry hands, according to the boffins at Dyson.

Now, there's no need to leave the sink to a separate hand drying area when you use the Dyson Airblade tap hand dryer and it dries hands in 12 seconds.

The Dyson Digital Motor
The Dyson Digital Motor

At the heart of the product is Dyson's latest digital motor. Seven years in the making, it's one of the world's smallest fully-integrated 1,600W motors.

And Dyson claims it's the only hand dryer motor powerful enough to draw in up to 30 litres of air a second through a HEPA filter, and then dry hands in 12 seconds.

The motor is digitally switched at 6,000 times per second, making the high compression fan spin at 90,000rpm. It features just three moving parts, so there are no slip rings or carbon brushes to wear.

But all this technology comes at a price - around £1,000.

However, Dyson offers a payback calculator on its website to show just how much you can save over conventional arrangements, based on the quantity of paper towels that have to be replenished, the cost of running conventional heated hand dryers and the total daily usage.

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