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Or it’s just cooling. In any case, I saw this on Fast Company — “…Doesn’t Suck, It Blows” –, and couldn’t decide whether to go with the “Cool” title, the “Hot Or Not,” or the “Tool Pr0n” title. Dyson’s new Air Multiplier™ is probably not the fan you want to have out in the garage, but the technology involved is kinda neat. It is, as you may have noticed from the picture, blade-less, and based on phenomena the Dyson engineers noticed when developing their Airblade hand dryer — which is also interesting in that it uses a single thin sheet of air, moving at up to 400 mph, to blast the water off your hands. In the Air Multiplier™, this sheet of air, generated by a “mixer flow impeller” in the base, creates negative pressure as it exits the rim, and draws in more air from behind the fan. The result is a claimed 15× amplification in air, and none of that annoying “unpleasant buffeting” from fan blades.

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The 10″ fan is $300, and the 12″ is $330. So while it won’t hurt if you stick your hand in it, it will cost you an arm and a leg.

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15 Responses to It’s Just Cool: Dyson Air Multiplier

  1. Wheels17 says:

    Yawn… This concept has been used for decades in industry, admittedly with compressed air rather than a directly connected blower. Google “air amplifier” for a variety of manufacturers. Exair claims 25X amplification.

    Now the airblade hand dryer, that’s interesting.

  2. browndog77 says:

    Maybe they should learn to spell v-e-n-t-u-r-i

  3. Esky says:

    I’ve seen fans of this type used by Formula One drivers while sitting in their cars in the garage for a number of years now.

  4. Aleksejs says:

    Hackadays’ version on weather this is or this is not “fanless fan”:
    http://hackaday.com/2009/10/14/it-has-blades-dysons-little-white-lie/

  5. Stan says:

    For $270-300 in savings I can live with the “buffeting”. However if you are stupid enough to put your fingers through the fan guard you deserve to get them bloodied/chopped off !!

  6. Kris says:

    Typical overpriced Dyson stuff. They try to convince you that their gee-whiz and pseudo-science is worth the outrageous price.

  7. Shopmonger says:

    Kris,

    I have used a lot of vacuums…. The dyson Animal has no equal…..
    Even my large HP chop vac can’t put the hair out like that…. I know they are expensive, but to hate because of this ….Means hating some others…MAC, SNAPON, FESTOOL.

    PLus thier science is not Pseudo Science, just good application.
    You never know what this might inspire……. Technology breeds more innovation.That is what toolmongers are all about

    ShopMonger

  8. Greg A. says:

    I would like to point out that there are still blades and that this kind of claim while it seems true is indeed false, I think they are pulling the wool over our eyes

  9. Chris says:

    Kris: Having used a Dyson Airblade hand-dryer, I can say from firsthand experience that it is without a doubt the most efficient hand-drying apparatus I’ve ever seen in my life. It gets your hands as dry as a fresh towel in about half the time. I doubt you’ve ever used a Dyson product, so don’t knock it ’till you try it.

    I’ve never tried their vacuums or this fan, but I want an Airblade for my bathroom. It’s that cool.

    cl

  10. Tony Clifton says:

    and none of that annoying “unpleasant buffeting” from fan blades.

    But how are you supposed to put your face in front of it and tell Luke that you’re his father?

  11. Shopmonger says:

    Greg,

    Yes in this scenario there are blades, but in the ones that use compressed ari, the compressors don’t really don’t have blades…. So there is no wool over the eyes, just a firm understanding of how things work.

    Again i will say Ignorance is the worst kind of critic.

    ShopMonger

  12. Fabian says:

    By the way, the Dyson Airblade hand-dryer is over $3000 !… what a rip off…!!!!

    and it’s loud as heck!

    F.

  13. Chris says:

    Louder than other forced-air hand dryers? Not to my ear (although I still prefer towels for my personal use).

    cl

  14. dave says:

    Everywhere I go on the internet there are Dyson marketing shills. Makes you wonder why they can’t price the products lower instead.

    It’s a fan. You could force air through all kinds of artistic looking ducts or loops and in the end, it is less efficient and produces lower airflow volume than a plain old everyday fan at less than 1/10th the cost.

    Its innovation is the marriage of (arguably) art with a fan towards a practical purpose. If you deem the art involved to be worth the price then it’s for you. If you just need a fan and realize you’ll be over the initial novelty in a few minutes of use, the high price is far beyond merely being hard to justify.

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