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Dyson is nothing if not innovative. They brought us vacuum cleaners that actually get to the places we need to clean, heaters and fans that don’t have blades, and a few other things that make our lives simpler if a fair bit lighter in the pocketbook. This newest idea, though, I’m just not sold on. In theory, it’s fabulous. And if anyone can pull it off, it’s going to be Dyson. I’m just not sure how well it would work with the general public, which as we know can often be on the not-so-smart side.

It’s quite simple, really. It’s a faucet so you can wash your hands. It’s motion-activated, so there is less chance of passing germs from one person to another. It also dries your hands, eliminating the need for some kind of towel. Which actually is better on many levels, since you don’t have to buy paper towels, or launder cloth ones, or clean up the trash, or worry about who might have used it before you. Most aspects of this are definitely in the “pro” column as opposed to the “con”.

But there is one thing I can see being an issue. To wash your hands, you just place them underneath the faucet, as I’m sure we’ve all done hundreds of times, and water comes out. Wash your hands as you would normally. And then to dry them, you “spread your hands apart slightly” and out comes a 420mph jet of air to dry them. Do you see my concern here? What if you spread your hands slightly while washing them? Suddenly, you’ve got 420mph air blowing soap foam all over the floor, completely negating the stated purpose of the invention, which is to prevent trails of water drips from the sink to the towel dispenser or dryers.

The rest of it, though, I love. The dryer is powered by a 1600 watt motor located under the sink, and uses HEPA filters so it catches 99.9% of bacteria before it reaches your hands. It’s also more efficient than currently available air dryers, taking just 12 seconds rather than up to 43 to get your hands completely dry. If you’ve ever used one of the high-powered hand dryers, you are also familiar with the amusement factor of having the skin on your hands literally blown in waves. It makes me laugh every time I use one. At 420mph, I think I might feel as if it were blowing my skin right off!

Here’s the bad part. Obviously unless you’ve got more disposable income than things to spend it on, you’re not going to be putting one of these in your bathroom at home any time soon. Asking price is 1000 ($1575.00 US). I do want to use one, though, just to see. And it is a Dyson… you knew that meant it was going to cost more than your first car already, right?

Source: DigitalTrends

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