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Master Air Manipulator Integrates Hand Dryer Into Sink

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A new state-of-the-art sink from master air manipulator James Dyson could revolutionize your hand-washing experience. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

British inventor and master air manipulator James Dyson is taking those seemingly hurricane-force wind-producing hand dryers you've likely used in a public restroom and trying to improve upon them by integrating them into the sink. It's called the Dyson Airblade Tap.

"It senses you putting your hands under the tap to deliver the water. When you remove your hands, the water stops. You then put them in front of the blades that come out of the tap, and they dry your hands, and when you move them away, they stop," Dyson says. "It creates a blade that scrapes the water off your hand, a bit like a windshield wiper."

There's a motor inside that Dyson says spins at 90,000 revolutions per minute, about 10 times that of a Ferrari's motor, in order to push the air out at 420 miles per hour. There's also a HEPA filter to make sure the air brought in through the bathroom is perfectly cleaned before drying you off.

Aside from looking cool and saving you that big two-step walk from the sink to the dryer, Dyson says there are also practical reasons why this just makes sense.

"When you wash your hands and dry your hands, all the water goes in the basin, so you don't have to walk across the floor dripping to find the paper towel or hand dryer, and you don't have to cross other people or queue for a hand dryer," he says.

Dyson says he absolutely pictures the Airblade Taps in private homes. Until then, among the first places you'll see these, appropriately for a tap with wings, is the new Delta terminal at LaGuardia Airport.

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