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1. (WO2007015041) DRYING APPARATUS

Pub. No.:    WO/2007/015041    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2006/002135
Publication Date: Fri Feb 09 00:59:59 CET 2007 International Filing Date: Wed Jun 14 01:59:59 CEST 2006
IPC: A47K 10/48
NICOLAS, Frederic
Drying apparatus has a casing (12), a cavity (30) formed in the casing (12) for receiving an object, a fan (40) located in the casing (30) and capable of creating an airflow, and at least one slot-like opening (60, 62) communicating with the fan (40) and arranged in the casing (12) so as to direct an airflow transversely across the cavity (30). The slot-like opening is formed between opposing walls (54a, 54b, 56a, 56b) and one of the walls (54a, 56a) terminates substantially flush with the casing (12) and the other wall (54b, 56b) protrudes beyond the casing (12). It is preferred that the slot-like opening (60, 62) is formed between an upper wall (54a, 56a) and a lower wall (54b, 56b) and that the lower wall (54b, 56b) terminates substantially flush with the casing (12) and the upper wall (54a, 56a) protrudes beyond the casing (12). This arrangement has been found still to reduce the effect of the air causing the user's hands to be pulled or sucked towards the slot-like openings (60, 62) but has the added advantage of eliminating any protrusion of the walls (54a, 56a) of the slot-like opening (60, 62) on one side thereof. This helps to avoid clothing, watches, bracelets and the like becoming caught or snagged on what would otherwise be an overhanging lip as the hands are withdrawn from the cavity (30).