You know those Dyson hand dryers you're used to seeing in the bathrooms of airports, restaurants and hotels? The company unveiled on Monday a new way we'll likely dry our hands in the future -- directly within the sink itself.
Along with a motor that essentially scrapes water off hands in a few swoops of air, Dyson has been developing new concepts intended to make drying your hands faster and easier than before.
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Instead of dripping water across the floor as you make your way to the dryer, you'll be able to do it all in one place in the future, the company said. The new system called the Airblade Tap uses infrared sensors to determine whether or not you are putting your hands underneath to wash or dry them.
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Mashable gave it a try, and it was much easier to use than we thought. Unlike some sensor-based sinks, which make you wave your hands under a few times before it registers, the Airblade Tap easily recognized when hands were centered for washing and off to the side for drying.
Another concept -- called the Airblade mk2 -- is a sleek and angled wall model, which also touts the same super high tech motor. It took more than seven years to create and can skyrocket to 92,000 rpm in less than a second. The motor uses bonded magnet encased in a carbon fiber sleeve, and is one of the world's smallest integrated 1400W motors.
In addition, the company has re-engineered its original hand dryer with the new motor. The Dyson Airblade mk2 has two sheets of air -- flying at 420mph - to scrape water off hands like a windshield wiper in just 12 seconds.
For a full look at the models, check out the gallery below.
Images courtesy of Dyson and by Mashable
This story originally published on Mashable here.
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