By Michele Kadison
The new Dyson Air Multiplier is another example of the company’s cutting edge attitude towards household necessities. A bladeless room fan, the Air Multiplier creates a natural breeze with absolutely zero turbulence.
Creative technicians at Dyson noticed that there was something interesting when they were testing the company’s Airblade hand-dryer. This dryer blows a single sheet of air upwards at the speed of 400 miles per hour. You can run your hands through the air stream and they are dry in a flash, with no need for wiping. Along with the single sheet of air, the team found that a large amount of extraneous air was pulled along with it, something called “inducement” by people in the know. The techies knew they could do something with this concept, and so began to apply the technology to a household fan.
Using friction and pressure, the concept of “inducement” was successfully applied to the Air Multiplier, whereby a thin sheet of air is blown out of a small opening at the rear of the unit. Driven by a motor similar to that found in a jet turbine or a turbocharger, the 16 degree wing slope of the fan allows negative pressure to gather around the moving sheet of air, sucking more air along with it so that it is multiplied at 15 times more powerful. The breeze is created by moving 118 gallons of air per second, which is what high level room fans generally do. Instead of the chop that one experiences from angled, rotating blades, the Dyson Air Multiplier provides an unobtrusive stream of air that feels natural as it cools.
Right now prices are high at $299.99 for the 10 inch and $329.99 for the 12 inch. But if you are looking for a natural feel from one of the most reliable companies around, the investment is well worth it.
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