Dyson Air Multiplier for parents?

Photo of a Dyson Air Multiplier. It consists of a cylinder base containing air vents mounted to a large, thin hoop. A large hole exists in the hoop containing nothing but air.

The Dyson Air Multiplier is a desktop fan with (almost) no blades. It has been pitched en masse to gadget blogs, with product profiles hitting the ‘net today.

I dare say the real target market for a $300 fan has been overlooked: new parents. Gadget geeks like neat-o technology, but only the fear of tiny fingers being sliced off as they slide between the grate of a traditional fan provides sufficient impetus to buy into the awesome.

And really, there’s nothing like becoming a parent to suck a person into becoming a gadget geek, be it safety gear, car seats, strollers, room monitors or the wackier stuff like cry analyzers and digital care trackers.

The short description of the Air Multiplier, according to Engadget, is that a bladed fan hidden in the base of the unit sucks in air through thin vent slats and channels it through and out the loop, supposedly coming out 15 times faster than when it entered the device. And although it doesn’t look it, the loop can oscillate like a traditional fan.

I could be persuaded to pay the admittedly high price for this fan, but only if it beats out other fans on basic issues:

  • Is the air flow sufficiently strong?
  • How does the noise level compare to a traditional fan?
  • Can tiny fingers poke into the air vents? It doesn’t seem so.

The solution seems to be to wait until the Dyson fan is sold in stores where a demo is available. Air flow can be tested, but noise level is difficult to gauge given the background noise present in most stores. Alas, Dyson’s website indicates the fan is sold exclusively through its own site and select “design stores.”

Check out this video from CrunchGear:

How much do you use a fan in your home, and how much is a safer fan worth to you?


One Response to “Dyson Air Multiplier for parents?”

  1. Deana says:

    Ouch…$300! If the price came down considerably we would use this in our son’s room. He needs a fan going nearly all year, as his metabolic disease causes him to be very hot while he sleeps. And we have to buy a new one about every year because of the dry dusty climate we live in, it’s extremely hard to clean. This would cut down on the cost of having to replace because we can’t clean it properly.

    He also has a switch device that we have plugged a little desk-top fan into for him to start. He really loves the cause and effect of the “wind blowing” from the fan.

    October 13th, 2009 at 1:07 pm