The Malmesbury-based inventor Sir James Dyson has unveiled his latest product - a tap that can dry your hands in 12 seconds. It has a small digital motor inside to power the dryer and is priced at £999. The company claims the tap will avoid the problem of wet floors, as there is no need to move to a separate drying area.
It also claims it is environmentally friendly, because of the short drying time and avoidance of paper towels. It builds on the technology of Dyson's Airblade hand-dryers; instead of heating air, it blasts cold air over the hands to scrape the water off. The tap goes on sale today (Tuesday 5 February).
Sir James Dyson's company has its headquarters and research centre in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.