Dyson's new $1,500 Airblade Tap tested in hands-on video

CNET UK's Luke Westaway gets his mitts washed, and then dried, by Dyson's fancy new bathroom tap.

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Dyson, eh? The company is best known for making weird-looking vacuum cleaners and high-velocity hand dryers. So what's the British firm's next invention? Well, to paraphrase the great Admiral Ackbar, it's a tap!

Yes indeed, we've gone hands-on (or should that be under?) with Dyson's Airblade Tap -- a ludicrously pricey new piece of bathroom furniture. Click play on the video below to see what it looks like in reality.

This is not just any tap, dear reader. It washes your hands automatically after you've triggered an infrared sensor, then dries them using these air-blasting prongs on the side.

Beneath the surface, the tap is powered by a brand-new Dyson digital motor, which spins up to 90,000rpm in under a second. Dyson says the motor took seven years to develop, at a cost of nearly $50 million. Was it money well spent? Read more of Crave UK's hands-on test to find out.

Note: this story was updated to correct the Dyson digital motor spin speed.

 

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