Dyson has unveiled its latest invention, and it's an update to the Airblade hand dryer that overhauls the form factor. The Airblade Tap takes advantage of some significant size reductions in the technology to integrate drying functionality into the faucet itself. "In washrooms using conventional taps, you'll need to move to a separate hand drying area, dripping water on the floors as you go," says Sir James Dyson, founder of the British company and renowned inventor. "With the Dyson Airblade Tap hand dryer, water isn't dripped on the floor because you don't need to leave the sink with wet hands."
The Tap uses a downsized 1600W motor that can dry hands in about 12 seconds by blasting air out at 420mph. It also cleans the air before blowing it back onto your hands, which Dyson claims makes it much more convenient than regular hand dryers — the HEPA filters are said to pick up 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses in the bathroom air. You won't have to touch the Tap, either, with infrared filters sensing your hands and sending out jets of water and air accordingly.
The Airblade Tap can be pre-ordered today and should be available March 1st. At £999 (about $1,574), you'll certainly be paying for the privilege, but Dyson says the low energy consumption will eventually work out in your favor; the Tap supposedly costs up to 69 percent less to run than a traditional hand dryer, and up to 97 percent less than paper towels.