What is this strange looking item?
I love conversation pieces that are based on new technology – and gadgets are my thing. So when I walked into my brother’s office in Hong Kong and saw this unusual item sitting on his desk, I was naturally filled with curiosity. I asked him what it was and he said “What do you think it is?”. I couldn’t guess. He turned it on and i could feel a cool breeze but couldn’t see where it was coming from.
I examined it, put my hand through it and said “Well it seems to be a cooling device but how does it work?” He pressed a switch and it started to swivel like a fan. It could also be tilted. Amazing!
On further probing, I was told it was a Dyson Multiplier fan. But it didn’t look like a fan. For one thing there were no blades. But a fan it was indeed. According to the website, Dyson Air Multiplier™ fans work differently from conventional fans. They use Air Multiplier™ technology to draw in air and amplify it – from 15 to 18 times, depending on the model. With no blades or grille, they’re safe and easy to clean. And they produce an uninterrupted stream of smooth air, with no unpleasant buffeting. Here is a review on the Dyson Air Multiplier on CNET. Sir James Dyson, the creator of this bladeless fan, explains how it works.
So gone are the days when a child’s hand could be caught in a fan, or someone’s long hair or dupatta. Here is the solution and a neat one.
Naturally I had to have one right away. Since they aren’t available off the shelf in Hong Kong, I had to grab the one my brother had. It wasn’t easy believe me. My brother is generous but his staff put up a lot of resistance. This was a unique item. They hadn’t had a chance to even look at it properly and here I was ready to run off with it. But run I did and it now holds a prominent position on my office table. Come check it out if you like. It is so cool. 🙂