Dyson has gone a bit rogue with their latest product and seems to think we all want an air purifier strapped to our faces. Air pollution can be bad in larger towns and cities, so instead of cities having clean air zones, Dyson wants to have a clean air zone directly in front of you in the form of a pair of noise cancelling headphones with an in-built air purifier.
The contraption itself is one of a kind… and the first wearable product from the company. It’s called the Zone and aims to prevent noise and air pollution for the wearer. Although a new product for the company, it uses existing air filtration technology from Dyson’s range of air purifiers for the home.
It has tiny compressors in each earpiece that pull in air to be filtered and released through the visor for the user to breathe in, all without touching your face like a face mask would. Although the Zone filters out up to 99% of pollution, Dyson hasn’t made any claims that the device can protect against illnesses such as COVID but it has an attachment that allows a face mask when you need one.
It’s an odd device, but it is extremely clever. It has sensors that can detect the user’s speed, and adjust the airflow between the three intensity levels to provide the user with 5 litres of clean air per second - the equivalent breathing rate of the average jogger. It also has adjustable arms that can be unclipped to allow the user to have a conversation.
The headphones themselves aren’t too dissimilar to noise-cancelling technology found in reputable brands such as Bose and Sony. The microphones inside listen to noise pollution and spinning compressors on both sides of the headphones remove it by playing anti-sound waves into the ear cups. You’ll also be pleased to know that the headphones can be used on their own, without the visor in place.
The device is aimed at those who want to reduce the pollutants that they’re breathing in, but the battery isn’t the best. It lasts for 90 minutes at the highest purification setting - so would need to be charged during the day for the average commuter - or lasts for 4.5 hours on the lowest purification setting. When just being used as headphones, wearers can expect the Zone to last for up to 40 hours.
As chief Engineer Jake Dyson says, “air pollution is a global problem - it affects us everywhere we go… the Dyson Zone purifies the air you breathe on the move. And unlike face masks, it delivers a plume of fresh air without touching your face”.
Dyson hasn't specified a date for its release, but it’s due to go on sale this Autumn, for a currently undisclosed price.
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