6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

Dyson Airblade Tap, the faucet that dries: First Look

About Video Transcript

First Look: Dyson Airblade Tap, the faucet that dries

1:27 /

Luke Westaway goes hands-on (or should that be 'under') with Dyson's pricey new bathroom tech.

Dyson 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 Admiral Ackbar, it's a Tap. This is not just any tap though. It's Dyson's Air Blade Tap. It washes your hands automatically once you trigger an infrared sensor underneath and then it 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 90,000 rpm in under a second. Dyson says the motor took 7 years to develop at a cost of nearly 30 million pounds. It's money well spent though as Dyson says this monster will get your hands dry in 12 seconds flat. I'd given it a go and the amount of air that's funneled through these sub-1 millimeter slit is absolutely pretty impressive. It frees you from the nightmare of tracing across the bathroom to use the hand dryer, but that amazing convenience doesn't come cheap with this fancy faucet costs 1,000 pounds. There's also another way to control the temperature of the water that comes out which means this tap is probably not ideal for your actual home. Instead, you'd be better off waiting for the Air Blade Tap to start popping up in airports, train stations, or restaurants which will probably start happening in the next few months. In the meantime, let us know which piece of household technology you would like to see given a high-tech makeover. I'm Luke Westaway for CNET and this is the Dyson Air Blade Tap.

New releases

All the things Apple Watch can do without an iPhone nearby
1:33 April 18, 2015
You still need an iPhone to set up and use the Apple Watch, but it can do things on its own, too! Fitness, music, Apple Pay, and a...
Play video
The WD Elements portable drive is a great deal
2:23 April 17, 2015
CNET editor Dong Ngo sort of explains the difference between bravery and courage using the high-capacity low-cost WD Elements portable...
Play video
Forget maps and let leg electrodes guide you there, Ep. 200
4:54 April 17, 2015
Crave celebrates its 200th episode with a human cruise control system that's, well, pretty shocking. We check out a bicycle that claims...
Play video
Send Frigidaire's Professional Fridge back to the minors
2:24 April 17, 2015
The Frigidaire FPBC2277RF is priced in the big leagues, but fails to perform up to expectations.
Play video
Star Wars droid BB-8 is real, powered by Sphero
2:40 April 17, 2015
Get ready for rolling BB-8 toys. The droid in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is a real robot, based on the technology in Sphero's toy...
Play video
CNET Top 5 - Crazy looking smartphones
3:36 April 17, 2015
Round, curvy and two-faced: five phones that broke the mold and dared to be different.
Play video
Faster Roku 2 masters the streaming universe
1:45 April 17, 2015
A nearly perfect mix of speed, features, price and ecosystem make the Roku 2 our favorite streaming device yet.
Play video
The Garmin Vivoactive is an ultra-slim smartwatch with a few hiccups
2:15 April 17, 2015
CNET's Dan Graziano gives you a first look at Garmin's first smartwatch
Play video