Do you know what this is? A NASA technologist called it a great innovation in Alabama today

Dyson Airblade TapThis combination faucet hand-dryer drew praise from a NASA technologist at the U.S. Space Rocket Center Thursday Feb. 27, 2014. (Lee Roop/LRoop@

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Do you know what this is? Can you imagine why a NASA technologist told a crowd of aerospace executives today that his “quality of life went up a half-a-notch” when he used it?

“That’s innovation!” enthused Dr. Andrew Keys, chief technologist for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Keys was speaking at the center’s Small Business Alliance meeting about how NASA develops and shares technology with businesses and the public. He used the Dyson Airblade Tap as an ice-breaker before his speech. Dyson installed several taps at the Space Rocket Center in 2013 as a pilot program for its technology, a space center spokesman said.

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