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February 05, 2013

Dyson to Introduce New Greener, Cost Effective Hand Dryer

By Carlos Olivera
TMCnet Content Producer

With the introduction of so many new greener technologies to help and conserve our planet, it was only a matter of time before a more efficient automatic hand dryer was created. Public automatic hand dryers never seem to get the job done, whether it is because there are never enough of them so you have to wait an extended period of time, or it’s just not powerful enough, and after a few tries your hands are still left wet.

James Dyson, inventor if the Dyson vacuum, believes his latest innovation can solve the problems of the automatic hand dryers. The Dyson Airblade Tap Hand Dryer has been in the development stage for seven years and offers numerous features not seen in any hand dryer available. 

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"We actually have some very precise, very fast-moving air to make sure that we get that kind of indentation in your hand, it actually scrapes the water off your hand. You want to push the water down and across into the sink," said Marcus Hartley, head engineer.

The new innovation features one of the world’s smallest fully-integrated 1400W motors. The motor is powerful enough to draw in and blow out 28 liters of air per second at 420 mph, allowing your hands to dry in just 14 seconds.

In a world where we want everything faster, that’s a major difference as opposed to the 43 seconds conventional dryers take. The Dyson Airblade is also the most hygienic hand dryer available and uses HEPA filters that remove 99.97 percent of bacteria from the air used to dry your hands.

When compared to a traditional paper towel dispenser, not only is the Airblade hand dryer greener, it’s also more cost effective. The cost of a paper towel could cost up to $1,500 a year, but the Dyson Airblade will only have a yearly maintenance fee of $50. Not only will trees be saved from being cut down, but the Dyson Airblade will produce up to 62 percent less CO2 than paper towels.

The faucet head itself will consist of three heads, the main head in the middle where the water will be dispensed, and then two drying heads on either side. The main head will be powered by an infrared sensor that will be triggered once it detects hands underneath. The drying heads will also feature the same technology, but will not be controlled by the same sensor, meaning both the water and dryer cannot be run at the same time.

"That's what all these products are about … you walk away with a dry hand," Hartley said. "That's the best thing, really."

Dyson is expected to roll out the new hand Dryers at Universal Studios in Orlando, at select Jack in the Box (News - Alert) restaurants, as well as airports in New York, Miami and Seattle over the next few months.

Edited by Ashley Caputo

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