Is it a tap? Is it a hand dryer? It's both

Dyson has pretty well staked out hand hygiene territory with its Airblade technology (there are 110 patents and patents pending on Airblade hand dryers and the latest Dyson digital motor has another 100 patents secured or pending). And the new Dyson Airblade Tap hand dryer takes things to the next level, allowing users to both wash and dry their hands all while standing at the sink.

Drying time is just 12 seconds, and it comes in three varieties for different washroom set-ups: wall mounted or counter top with a long or short stem.

dyson airblade tap hand dryer

Engineers created more than 3300 prototypes for the latest Airblade hand dryers, and developed a specialised laser cutter capable of precisely cutting through tough steel to do so (the tap is made from 304 stainless steel – an anti-corrosion steel used for the construction of boats).

Infrared sensors pinpoint hand positions and release water from the tap stem. Once hands are wet and drying is requested, circuitry computes the information and activates the latest digital motor, releasing two high velocity sheets of air from the tap’s branches.

dyson airblade tap hand dryer

These "literally scrape water from hands and into the sink - not the floor," says James Dyson.

The hand dryer also passes washroom air through a HEPA filter to remove of bacteria before it’s blown onto your hands.

Pricing will be confirmed later this month.