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Dyson Airblade Tap, the faucet that driesLuke 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.