Mitsubishi Jet Towel - the original Airblade
Washroom Washroom Ltd
It appears that Dyson's Airblade isn't as new and imaginative as it was made out to be.
It turns out that Mitsubishi, created a High-Speed Air Hand Dryer that promised to dry your hands in 6-8 seconds over a decade ago.
Called the Jet Towel, the dryer works in a virtually identical way to remove water from the front and back of freshly-washed hands.
A U-shaped drying port at the top of the unit with front and rear horizontal air jets forces water from the front and back of both hands simultaneously. As hands are slowly pulled out of the top of the unit, water is quickly and efficiently blown away. The sanitary design (with antibacterial-treated surfaces) eliminates water spray on the floor and prevents floor debris from circulating throughout a room.
Available in Japan for almost a decade, the Jet Towel according to its makers has a proven track record of reliability and widespread acceptance.
It is more energy efficient than the Airblade, quieter and the motor has a proven lifespan of more than 3 times the Dyson unit. Not only that but in our opinion it looks a whole lot better too!