James Dyson "is a man who likes to make things work better." He is sort of the Steve Jobs of industrial design, looking at problems and coming up with elegant and effective solutions. The airblade is like that; it uses 80% less energy than a conventional electric hand dryer and wipes the water off your hands in twelve seconds, using air travelling at 400mph. I had seen it on TreeHugger before but never tried one; why anyone would ever specify a regular hand-dryer again is beyond me, it is amazing.
Melanie Wilde of Dyson explains how it works and demonstrates the unit.
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