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I Used The Dyson Airblade--And Survived!

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on July 10, 2007

When I was at the Royal College of Art recently, I had occassion to actually use James Dyson’s new 400 mile per hour hand drier. They had one in the big tent set up in Hyde Park to showcase all the student projects.

And it was terrific. I half-expected the skin on my hands to fly off—but it didn’t. I had a great consumer experience. The blast of air feels good (not hot) and your hands are dry in 10-15 seconds. Save that energy.

Even before my Airblade encounter, I noticed that hand driers at Heathrow Airport blew out air at a much faster speed than the ones we have in the US. Maybe four or five times faster. And they dried my hands faster as well. So the Brits have been ahead of the Yanks on hand drier technology and strategy for years.

Who knew?

Reader Comments

Sean Gaffney

July 11, 2007 1:42 PM

Hey Bruce. I actually had a great experience with a similar hand drier at a random gas station along I-95 in South Carolina just this past weekend. I too thought I might lose a hand, but merely walked away seconds later with dry hands. It was amazing.


July 11, 2007 4:02 PM

We've had them here in the Twin Cities for awhile now. They're truly fantastic, and I now find myself choosing to go to the locations where they're at because they are so simple and effective. A terrific design.

Shimon Shmueli

July 13, 2007 5:28 AM

I used a very similar one in Singapore about 3 years ago. Indeed a great concept and I trust that Dyson is much improved. I would love to have one in my kitchen that will allow me to dry my hands, but also dry off utensils and plates and spare the wasteful dishwasher.


July 16, 2007 2:11 AM

I take it you haven't visited Japan any time in the last decade?

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