When I’m in a strange, public place, the last thing I want to do is insert my hands anywhere. I went to the public restroom at the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle and finally got to use the Dyson Airblade hand dryer! Lots of people had mentioned it before, but this was my first time seeing it up close and personal.
Take a look at their website to see a Flash video of how it works.
It’s the fastest hand dryer – and it’s hygienic too, cleaning the air before blowing it onto hands. And because it uses up to 80% less energy than warm air hand dryers, it costs less to run and is better for the environment.
The dryer is actually quite powerful and very loud. It really startled me when I tentatively inserted my hands and the air came out in full force. I wasn’t expecting it to be so aggressive.
The thing that really struck me though about the whole experience is that you need instructions to dry your hands. Since it’s a new device that people aren’t yet familiar with, they print the two-step process both on the hand dryer itself and on a sign hung above it.
1. Raise and lower hands slowly through the airflow.
2. Your hands will be dry in 12 seconds or less.
Firstly, “airflow” isn’t exactly a commonly used word. For the people who can’t figure out how to use this thing without instructions, will they even know what the airflow is?
And secondly, how can Dyson promise that your hands will be dry in 12 seconds or less? What if someone decides to count and prove them wrong? Furthermore, isn’t 12 seconds quite a long time to take drying your hands? I know paper isn’t environmentally friendly and it’s also costly, but dang it takes about four seconds tops to dry your hands with it. This is a 300% reduction in efficiency.
I think Dyson needs to keep working on those prototypes.
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