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How Dyson hand-drying
water tap works

Telegraph [UK], by Matt Warman

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 2/5/2013 11:25:14 AM

The £999 device uses a new digital motor to force air at 430mph out of wings mounted on the side of a conventional tap. Made from engineering-grade steel cut to 0.001mm of accuracy, the Tap is attached to the motor in a separate unit which also contains springs and silencers to minimise vibration and noise. Infrared sensors control when water is produced and when air is blown onto the hands to dry them. The Airblade Tap claims to dry a user’s hands in just 12 seconds, and eliminates the need to walk across a bathroom floor to a hand dryer.
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Over $1600 for one of these beauties. But for dry hands in 12 seconds instead of using an air dryer for 20 seconds then wiping your hands on your jeans, I´d buy one!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: NYbob, 2/5/2013 11:47:24 AM     (No. 9159777)

My friend used to say his BMW 1600 was ´over-engineered´ every time it broke, this reminds me of that. A LOT of engineering for the world´s tiniest problem. You shake the water off your hands and for the brief seconds you walk to the hand drying area, the water clings to your skin. Big deal, you ´save´ a couple of steps by using a complicated antler set of pipes that will be dripping with soap minutes after installation. If you are in AZ just walk out of the restroom and your hands will be dry in three steps toward your car.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: RayLRiv, 2/5/2013 11:49:25 AM     (No. 9159786)

They better not use that technology in bidets!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: rtwngprof, 2/5/2013 12:32:19 PM     (No. 9159912)

A $1600 solution to a problem that we didn´t know existed.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 2/5/2013 12:49:30 PM     (No. 9159964)

sorry luddites, Sam´s has these where i live and they are just great. Slip your hands in, pull them out slowly, and you are dry. As fast or faster than pulling out 2 sheets(one is never enough and many dispensers only allow one at a time), swabbing your hands, and doing a hook shot into the garbage can.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: veritas, 2/5/2013 12:52:05 PM     (No. 9159973)

... and you´ll all be able to get parts at Lowe´s 10 years from now. Ahem.

FTA: Made from engineering-grade steel cut to 0.001mm of accuracy, the Tap is....

"Engineering grade"? Meaningless. Give me an ASTM number, Matt.

And really -- "0.001 mm"? Do you have any idea how minute that is? Counting on my toes, I think that´s about 4/100,000 of an inch! [0.0397 = 1 mm x 0.001 = about 0.00004"] Matt, baby -- what are the plus-minus tolerances? Millionths of an inch? And really -- 4/100,000ths is supposed to be repeatably-manufacturable?

Matt the Technology Editor seems to be gullible, ignorant, or both. And if Dyson´s claiming these numbers, I´m not buying either the claims or the products.

There´s a time and place to "push" technology. Lots of them, in fact. Going bonkers over fluid mechanics applied to hand drying? Ummm -- no. That´s not the place. YMMV.

[I just cut two holes in the door of a microwave oven I got at Goodwill for $5, and hooked it up to a GFI breaker.]

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Trust No One, 2/5/2013 12:52:40 PM     (No. 9159978)

There´s Always paper towels where you go? Lucky you.

Ever try using toilet paper?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: rmagnus, 2/5/2013 1:26:13 PM     (No. 9160054)

Is it just me or was everyone waiting for him to wipe his hands on his pants when he was finished with the blower?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: 4poster, 2/5/2013 4:00:07 PM     (No. 9160351)

The answer to a question never asked

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