Portable Wetsuit Dryer
Friday, December 15, 2006 - Iddo Genuth
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Shaped like a regular clothes hanger, only with a bulky middle section occupied by a waterproof fan and motor, the Hangair is made of durable Nylon 66 attached to a 15 ft. electrical cord, which can also be plugged into a car adaptor. Its low-voltage motor is considered safe for wet environments.
The idea behind the invention came to Hangairs' founder, Michael Appelman, from his own experience. A devoted surfer and scuba diver, he as others like him, wanted a way to dry his wetsuit for the next "Surf's up!". He came up with the Hangair, got help from fellow surfer and mechanical engineer David Morelock, applied for a patent, and founded his own company, which began shipping the the Hangair to specialized surf and dive shops in November 2006 for about $70 each. Though not mentioned explicitly on the company website, the Hangair should be able to work with other clothes, and seems particularly useful for travel or that last minute change in the car before the business meeting or wedding reception.