Dyson Zone headphones can purify the air while playing music: Here’s why


Dyson recently unveiled a new product called the Dyson Zone. While the name doesn’t give the product away, it’s basically a pair of headphones with a built-in air purifier. The company claims that the device is “a set of noise-canceling, high-fidelity over-ear headphones that simultaneously deliver immersive sound to the ears, and pure airflow into the nose and mouth.”

The company said in a press note that Dyson Zone “simultaneously tackles the urban issues of air quality and noise pollution.”

The Dyson Zone has two large earcups connected via a metal-reinforced headband. The headphones also have another band, which will cover the wearer’s face like a mask and act as an air purifier.

So far, the company has only revealed the Zone headphones, with a release date set for later this fall. The company did not reveal any specific details like price or specifications.

The Zone headphones feature a smaller version of the company’s existing air filtration technology. The company has revealed that the device will draw in air through each earpiece using a pair of tiny compressors, which it will then filter and pipe through the visor. The visor will be seated away from the user’s face, creating a bubble of clean air for the user to breathe. The company will also release an additional accessory that can be clipped on in cases where the user requires full contact.

Using a series of magnets will hit the visor, and can be easily removed. It also has accelerometers to automatically adjust the airflow according to the movement being performed.

The company claims that the zone can filter up to 99 percent of particle pollution. Filters are not reusable and will require replacement after one year of use.

Talking about the headphones, it has three different modes for noise cancellation. In isolation mode, it will have active ANC, in conversation mode ANC will be disabled, and in transparency mode it will filter out sounds like car horns and sirens. The headphones will charge over USB Type-C and connect to the Dyson Link app for controls and air quality information.

“Air pollution is a global problem – it affects us wherever we go. In our homes, at school, at work and when we travel, whether on foot, on bike or by public or private transportation. Dyson Zone™ Purifies the air you breathe on the go. And unlike face masks, it lets in a plethora of fresh air without touching your face, using high-performance filters and two tiny air pumps. After years of development, we are excited to deliver air purifier and pure audio anywhere,” said Jake Dyson, chief engineer at Dyson.

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