Dyson ‘silent’ hairdryer mooted

Dyson may be working up a ‘silent’ hairdryer, according to an application filed by the company at the European Patent Office.

Sir James Dyson uses the Dyson Airblade Tap. Could he soon be drying his hair silently?
Sir James Dyson uses the Dyson Airblade Tap. Could he soon be drying his hair silently?

The application is for ‘a hand-held appliance… a sound and vibration reducing hot-air blower’.

The design, which is shown in detail, is described in the application as a ‘hairdryer’, which could be made using sound- or vibration-absorbing material, and could be tuned to the resonant frequencies of the appliance.

The application reads, ‘The noise of the hairdryer is reduced by having a long fluid flow path, a coiled/looped/curved/s-shaped/zigzagged fluid flow path and frequency-attenuating lining material.’

Sketches on the application suggest the hairdryer would be similar in external form to other handheld hairdryers currently on the market.

Dyson would not comment on the application.

Among Dyson’s most recent releases are the DC49 Ball vacuum cleaner, claimed to be its smallest, quietest vacuum cleaner yet, and the Dyson Airblade Tap, a combined tap and hand-dryer.

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