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Dyson intros Hot AM04, aims to change the home heating game (video)

Joe Pollicino

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Leave it to James Dyson to give your ordinary household appliance a new spin. Tonight in New York City, Mr. Dyson took to the stage in order to properly unveil his latest gizmo -- the $399.99 Dyson Hot AM04. As its name suggests, this is the company's latest fan Air Multiplier, but with a ceramic heating element to keep your toes toasty. On those muggy summer days, you'll be able keeps things breezy similar to previous Air Multipliers, and when the winter's bitter cold hits, you'll be able to heat things up anywhere from 32 degrees Fahrenheit to as high as 99 degrees -- caliente. The unit is designed much like a jet's wing, bringing air in from its bottom grills and amplifying it six times as it soars out through the ducts.

Interestingly enough, we're told that the heating element stays at one preset temperature, measuring the room until it reaches the level you tell it to. As you'd expect, an inbuilt safety mechanism flips the whole thing off if it tips over. With its tiltable base or an included IR remote, you'll be able to change the temperature, choose between ten fan speeds and set it into an oscillation mode. Better yet, the remote magnetically clings to the top of the unit -- perfect if you're prone to losing things. It's currently available in white or silver directly from Dyson (though a remote-less version is tipped for those looking to save a few bucks), and you'll find more details in the PR past the break.

Gallery: Dyson Hot AM04 hands-on | 45 Photos

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Goodbye cold corners. Hello Hot. Dyson Hot™ fan heater warms the whole room faster than any other

Conventional heaters have limited settings. Like a watched pot that never boils, they can't always heat a whole room quickly. Meanwhile central heating is sometimes wasted on the whole house when you only need heat a room. Dyson Hot™ is engineered to heat the whole room faster than any other.

Dyson Hot™ can be set between 32 and 99 degrees Fahrenheit to heat a room. An intelligent thermostat keeps it there. Dyson Hot™ monitors the room temperature by measuring surrounding air. If a drop is detected, the heater turns back on to maintain the set temperature.

James Dyson says: "Fan heaters rely on inefficient motors or dust friendly grilles. As the heat rises you're left with a partially heated room and a worrying burning smell. We've developed a heater that heats the whole room, without you having to constantly adjust the temperature."

It took 22 engineers – including experts in thermo dynamics and fluid mechanics – over three years to research, develop and test Dyson's patented Air Multiplier™ technology for its application in a heater.

How it works: Using patented Air Multiplier™ technology, air is drawn in through a mixed flow impeller, a combination of the technologies used in turbochargers and jet engines. It is then accelerated through a 2.5mm aperture set within the loop amplifier. This creates a jet of hot air which passes over an airfoil-shaped ramp channelling its direction. Surrounding air is drawn into the airflow, amplifying it six times in a process known as inducement and entrainment.

Safety features: Dyson Hot™ has low surface temperatures throughout and no visible heating elements. And if tipped over, the machine has been engineered to automatically cut out.

Remote Control: Turning the Dyson Hot™ on and off, adjusting temperature, airflow rate and controlling oscillation can be done easily from across a room. The remote control is curved and magnetised to store neatly on top of the machine.

Precision: Dyson Hot™ has temperature controls and an intelligent thermostat. Variable airflow and oscillation is controlled either by remote or on the front of the machine.

Cooling fan: Unlike conventional heaters it has a dual-mode function as a cooling fan. In keeping with Dyson's Air Multiplier™ range it couples high airflow and velocity.

Dyson Hot™ is available at on and most major retailers at the manufacturer's suggested retail price of $399.99 beginning September 2011.

Color - The Dyson Hot™ will be available in iron/blue and white/silver

Easy to clean – quickly wiped clean with a cloth.

Weight – approximately 5.3 lbs.

Guarantee – Dyson Hot™ has been tested for the equivalent of 10 years of constant use and comes with a two year parts and labor guarantee.

Patents – Currently, worldwide there are over 170 patents and over 270 pending patent applications relating to 21 different technical aspects of the Dyson Air Multiplier™ fan range.

Environmental chamber – The temperature range in the chambers is from 32°F to 99°F, and 10% relative humidity to 80%.

Materials – Dyson Hot™ is constructed from tough Acrylontride butadiene styrene – ABS.

ABS is a tough thermoplastic used to make light, rigid and molded products. It has good shock absorbing properties and is used to make car bumpers, crash helmets and modern golf club heads. It's used in Dyson vacuum cleaners and Dyson Airblade™ hand dryers, too.

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