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New Technology to Dry Your Hands

Techstination feature for Friday, July 6, 2007

New technology to dry your hands. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. He is best known for his line of vacuums….which…if you'll pardon the phrase…have been cleaning up. Now engineer, inventor, entrepreneur James Dyson is out with a device he calls the Airblade. (sound) Put your wet hands in, and pull them out slowly….and they are squeegeed dry by jets of air moving at 400 miles an hour.. Dyson says it has lots of advantages…

"The chief change in technology is that with a normal hand drier, you're trying to evaporate the water off your hands, which of course is very expensive on energy. You're trying to turn the water into steam. And it takes a long time. What we're doing instead is wiping the water off your hands more like a windshield wiper, if you can imagine a blade of rubber wiping the water off your hands, that's exactly what this blade of air is doing."

Initially the Airblade…at about 14 hundred dollars …is aimed at the business and commercial markets. A consumer model…for the home…may be down the road…

"I think it would be very interesting, particularly if you could get it very close to the sink. Because you have to dry your hands a lot in the home and you don't change the towel every time you dry your hands. You've got a lot of germs breeding away on the towel."

Dyson has competition…with other high tech hand driers arriving on the market. But the unique design of the motor used in the Airblade, he says, give it an advantage. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.