The Dyson Airblade: An Overview

Technology has come a long way in recent years, and not simply in reference to the Internet, smartphones and televisions.  The company Dyson has always been an innovator and many of its products could very well be set to change the ways in which we go about our daily routines.  One example of this forward-thinking stance can be seen in the Dyson Airblade.  Let’s take a look at the principle behind this device before delving into specifics.

Why the Airblade?

The concept of washing and drying our hands using the same device has actually existed fro some time.  It simply took a bit of innovative thinking that turn this principle into a reality.  The Dyson Airblade consists of a stainless steel housing (much like a traditional faucet) alongside a separate air intake which uses a small engine.  After users are finished washing their hands, they will place them underneath a motion sensor found on the bottom of the tap.  This signals the engine to activate; blowing air and drying their hands.  In fact, it is said that the air blows as fast as 430 miles per hour.

Functionality

This unit is quite small and it can be installed on a variety of modern taps.  It is said that the Airblade is no noisier than a conventional hand dryer, so this makes a difference for both business and household uses.  Its internal mechanisms can be easily hidden away underneath the sink or in some cases, within the receptacle itself.  The main intention of this device is to avoid dripping water when the user needs to walk over to a traditional separate hand dryer.  However, are there any downsides to this idea?

The Price

We should first point out that the Dyson Airblade (at the time that this article was written) costs over $1,000 dollars.  While this price is likely to drop, it is still important to note that this feature alone may make it prohibitively expensive to be used in the average home.

Innovative or Over the Top?

Some users have criticised the Airblade due the fact that it may actually spread germs much more frequently than typical paper towels (1).  The reason for this observation is that the blast of air does not actually evaporate the water itself; it merely balsts it off into the sink below.  This leads to obvious concerns in regards to basic sanitation.  We should also point out that installing such a device could prove to be a challenge and that this energy consumption does not outweigh its drying capabilities.

Newer Alternatives

Dyson seems to be embracing a bit more flexibility in terms of the design of the Airblade, as recent models such as the AB09, AB10 and AB11 have tackled some minor design and installation issues. Some are slightly wider while the AB11 can be installed into a nearby wall (close to the tap itself).

A Statement Piece

Overall, the Dyson Airblade seems to represent more of a statement piece.  To put this another way, it could be an excellent means for a company to highlight the fact that it is keeping abreast of the latest technological innovations.  In terms of practicality we have to wonder whether or not this will be a viable option within the home; at least at its current price.  So, it might very well be an excellent high-end piece for those who can afford its cost.  For everyone else, the Airblade is likely to appear nothing more than a superfluous addition to the kitchen or bathroom.