Dyson has announced its first wearable product that integrates the company’s air purification expertise into a set of Bluetooth noise-canceling headphones for city dwellers looking to avoid air pollution. Unlike anything the company has done before, the Dyson Zone is sure to draw puzzled looks. This is a set of large soft earphones with a mask-shaped plastic contraption that connects ear to ear through the user’s mouth and looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. It delivers purified air to your mouth and nose while combating noise pollution with Active Noise Canceling technology.
Chief Engineer Jack Dyson said: “Air pollution is a global problem: it affects us wherever we go. At home, at school, at work and when travelling, whether walking, cycling, taking public transport or Private transportation.
The Dyson Zone purifies the air you breathe on the go and unlike face masks, it delivers a breath of fresh air without touching your face. “The brow lift design has a motor, a compressor fan, and a two-layer air-purifying filter in each ear.
The air passes through the filters, removing 99% of particles as small as 0.1 microns, including pollen, bacteria and dust, as well as gaseous pollutants such as sulfur or nitrogen dioxide. The filtered air is then forced through the inside of the visor, which sits just in front of the mouth and nose without touching the skin, creating a pocket of clean air for the wearer to breathe.
The earphones have sensors that detect the speed at which the wearer is moving, automatically adjusting the airflow between three intensity levels to provide up to 5 liters of clean air per second, which is the equivalent of a running breath rate. An air quality sensor in the left pavilion monitors pollution levels in real time, sending data to an app on your phone and letting you know when filters need replacing, which should last for about 12 months of use in Europe, or less in more polluted environments. .
The mask has adjustable-sized lugs and attaches to the earphones with magnets that can be unlocked or unlocked to drop down to the wearer’s chin, blocking the fan so they can talk to others. Dyson also has an additional mask attachment that sits between the mask and the face, including an FFP2 filter, designed to respond to mask requirements due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, active noise cancellation technology, like those used in headphones by Bose, Sony, and other popular commuters, uses a microphone to listen to the outside world and use rotary compressors on the sides of the wearer’s head to move it along with the headphones. In addition to the sound waves reproduced in the ear pads. The mask can also be removed and the headset can be used without cleaning.
The battery lasts up to 4.5 hours at the lowest cleaning speed in the Zone, or up to 90 minutes maximum for short-term use only. They last up to 40 hours when used as headphones, charge quickly via USB-C up to 60% in 20 minutes, and can be used while charging if needed. The Dyson Zone is expected to go on sale in the fall at an unannounced premium price expected to be between $500 and $1000.