Dyson has announced its most unusual product; a wearable air purifier with a built-in pair of noise-cancelling headphones.
An initial reveal of the Zone headphones – the first headphones Dyson has released – didn’t come with much specifics about the cost or battery life, nor the weight of the headphones.
But the company says that after more than six years of development, the device has gone from being something with a snorkel-like breathing tube and a backpack to one announced today – with a release expected. before the end of this year.
Where did it come from?
Dyson says it started having internal conversations in 2016 about developing some sort of “purification on the go” technology, building on its existing air-purification technology.
During initial tests in the smoky Beijing city, the company came up with the idea of integrating noise-cancelling headphones.
Doing this also means that the company can design the headphones so that the air filter can be placed in the earcups, minimizing some of the unusual bulkiness found in earlier prototypes.
In its final form, the Zone uses a visor to direct “a continuous stream of pure air to your nose and mouth without touching your face,” which, according to Dyson, should help clear up congestion. breath.
A separate attachment will also be provided that could allow anyone to turn the headset into a full-contact, closed-loop mask.
The two-stage filtration system is “capable of filtering city smoke and pollutants” and uses a scaled-down version of Dyson’s existing air purification technology.
Each filter will need to be replaced after about a year and is capable of filtering out 99% of particulate pollution, according to the company – depending on how often the headphones are used.
It follows Public Health England’s warning that air pollution is the biggest environmental threat to health in the UK, “with 28,000 to 36,000 deaths a year from long-term exposure”.
Some reviewers say that despite the music and noise-cancelling technology, the humming of the air filters can still be heard. Dyson said there will be more information coming soon.