Dyson has launched two new fans, using the same unusual blade-hidden design of the original Dyson Air Multiplier debuted back in October 2009. The AM01 desktop model is joined by the Dyson AM02 Tower Fan, a floor-standing unit with full-length air pushing abilities, and the Dyson AM03 Pedestal Fan, which basically takes the head unit from the AM01 and puts it on a free-standing mount.
While it might resemble an automatic blood pressure monitor for those with huge arms, or a pedestal-mounted personal Stargate, you're actually looking at James Dyson's latest rethink to domestic appliances. The Dyson Air Multiplier is the UK engineer's attempt to replace the humble fan, dropping the blades into the base section and re-routing the air through the ring.
Dyson is a name that most people probably associate with expensive vacuum cleaners. Way back in 2009 the company put out its very first fan called the Air Multiplier. The strangest part about this fan is that it has no moving blades and promised to be much quieter than your typical fan.
Dyson's distinctive Air Multiplier fan has spawned a new version, and this time it wants to keep you toasty warm rather than cool you down. The Dyson Hot uses the same bladeless fan technology as its predecessors - hiding the impeller in the base, and channeling the air up through the arched top section so as to remove buffeting and the chance of accidentally slicing into your fingers - but adds a ceramic heating element that, the company promises, adds up to the most efficient way of warming your room.
Dyson is really spreading its wings as far as its product lineup goes. Just last month it introduced to the world its first robot vacumm cleaner, the 360 Eye. Now, it is doing so again but with a humidifier. It doesn't have an ominous sounding name and is simply called the Dyson Humidifier. That doesn't mean, however, that it is any less interesting. This humidifier, which resembles and doubles as a bladeless fan, not only keeps your air cozily humid, it also kills germs before it distributes those water particles as well.
Dyson, which just recently introduced its next-gen Air Multiplier, has had some bad luck with its heater version of the model. According to a recent statement by the company, a small unspecified number of its AM04 and AM05 heaters have short-circuited and resulted in a fire, prompting it to issue a recall.
British brand Dyson has sucked in the home and blown in public bathrooms, but now the design darling is teasing a mysterious new trio of products for launch in February. Official info on the new products is in very short supply, but according to a launch invite sent to Australian site Current, they'll be the culmination of seven years of development on a new digital motor.
There's a little bit of good and a whole lot of bad coming out of the tests that Consumer Reports have released on the 2011/2012 winter season's most expensive and famous heater: the Dyson Hot. We've only spoken about this fan/heater one other time here on SlashGear because, quite simply, it costs WAY too much for the average consumer for what it provides. That said, Consumer Reports did give this fan a cut-up in addition to saying a couple of nice things about it in their most recent report which, in the end, told consumers to go ahead and buy something else instead.
James Dyson isn't the only one who can do unusual things with fan blades; Australian design student Benjamin McMahon has just won an award for his Ribbon Ceiling Fan, which not only looks far more impressive than a regular fan but is far more efficient. The helical loop moves air faster than standard blades, as well as spreading it out across the room rather than pushing it directly down.
In a move almost guaranteed to provoke controversy, TIME have announced their "Top 10 Everything of 2009" list and the Motorola DROID pips the iPhone 3GS to the post for the number one spot in the gadgets category. In fact, Apple's latest smartphone slots into fourth position, trailing the Barnes & Noble nook in second place, and - somewhat bizarrely, for all that we appreciate the engineering involved - Dyson's Air Multiplier fan in third place.