Dyson’s New Headphones with an Air Purifier Bank On People’s Masking Habits

Published: April 4, 2022
Updated: April 4, 2022
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Dyson has unveiled the “Dyson Zone” noise-canceling headphones, which also function as air purifiers. It protects your mouth and nose and allows you to breathe clean air while on the go. This is a pair of noise-canceling headphones that function as an air purifier for your mouth and nose rather than a vacuum cleaner or hairdryer.

Dyson Zone is a noise-canceling headphone that also functions as an air purifier. It protects your mouth and nose, allowing you to breathe clean air even when you’re outside.

Dyson has just unveiled its first wearable product, and it’s not what you’re thinking. The Dyson Zone is a set of noise-canceling, air-purifying headphones that are noise-canceling and air-purifying. It comes with an odd-looking detachable visor for the bottom half of the wearer’s face. 

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That vizor actually blows filtered air into your nose, mouth, and chin, acting as a portable fan for the lower half of your face. Dyson integrated a smaller version of its air filtration system into the earcups, with the goal of protecting people from pollution while they are out and about.

The Zone may appear to be a reaction to the pandemic, but Dyson claims it has been in the works for six years. It is motivated less by a desire to keep COVID-19 germs out and more by a desire to help people breathe cleaner air wherever they go. The Zone is the company’s first audio product, as well as a wearable air filtration system. In fact, Dyson describes it as “pure air and pure sound headphones.”

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You’re not alone in thinking this thing is ridiculous. When I saw the Zone on a mannequin’s head during a virtual briefing, my first reaction was complete and utter amusement. Shortly after, I noticed it on an actual person on the demo call, and they did not appear to be having fun. So when Dyson offered to show me the device in person, I knew I had to see and try it out for myself.

Unfortunately, I was not permitted to take photos or videos of the Zone, so I will do my best to describe the experience.

There are also four air purification modes to choose from: low, medium, high, and auto. You can change these to use the maximum level, for example, if you need a faster purification speed while jogging on the streets. The Zone will use onboard accelerometers to determine which setting to use in Auto mode.

The visor was also designed to diffuse two jets of airflow, and I never felt overwhelmed or pummeled by wind during my time with the Dyson Zone. The compressors in the earcups draw air through dual-layer filters, including negatively charged electrostatic filters to catch allergens and dust. 

Nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and ozone are captured by a potassium-enriched carbon layer.Earlier versions of the Zone resembled a snorkel-like mouthpiece attached to a backpack (like oxygen tanks in a scuba diving setup). 

The company settled on the headset and visor combination after 500 prototypes, and the mouthpiece can deliver clean air without touching the wearer’s face. “Developing a non-contact solution was a must for Dyson engineers in order to avoid the discomfort and irritation frequently associated with full-contact alternatives,” the company said in a statement.

The company hasn’t released pricing or availability information for the Zone yet, other than to say it’ll be available this year. I can already see this being a useful device for my future travels, whether on an airplane or a commuter train, and I even went to lay down on a couch at the demo to see how comfortable the Zone would be to wear on a redeye flight. 

For the admittedly brief time I was lying down, it felt surprisingly comfortable. Of course, there are some things I’d like to know before investing in the Zone, such as battery life and real-world performance. Dyson, hopefully, will provide more information on these topics soon.

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