Dyson Zone is an air purifier and over-ear headphones in one
(Pocket Ribbon) – Dyson has announced its first foray into the wearable technology sector with the Dyson Zone – air-purifying over-ear headphones. Yes, you read that right.
The Dyson Zone is six years in the making with over 500 prototypes, and the end result is a premium pair of headphones that offers features like active noise cancellation (ANC), but more uniquely, a magnetically attachable air-purifying visor that provides filtered airflow to the nose and mouth.
The over-ear headphones have two motors in each earcup, along with electrostatic filtration technology that draws in air from the outside, reportedly trapping 99 percent of particle pollution as small as 0.1 microns, such as dust, pollen and bacteria. There is also a potassium-enriched carbon filter in the earcups to trap city gases.
Two streams of purified air are then delivered contactlessly to the nose and mouth through the visor that fits easily under each ear cup and sits over the face.
There are four air purification modes, consisting of low, medium, high and automatic. Low is designed for sitting down, medium for walking down the street, high for sitting on the tube and automatically uses the accelerometers in the headphones to determine the best mode based on your breathing and effort levels.
In terms of audio capabilities, the Dyson Zone offers three ANC modes, namely Isolation, Conversation, and Transparency. Isolation mode offers the highest level of ANC, while Talk mode is activated automatically when you submerge the visor, turning off air filtration to save battery and amplify conversation. In Transparency mode, you can be aware of the environment, such as sirens.
The Dyson Zone can be used as intended with the visor attached and delivers audio and air filtration in one. It can also be used for audio only with the visor removed, and there are also face coverings in the box, including an FFP2-compliant face covering, which can be attached to the visor.
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The Dyson Zone air purifying headphones are Available online from Fall 2022 and in Dyson Demo Stores. The price has not yet been announced.
Written by Britta O’Boyle.