Dyson builds headphones with an air-purifying system

Ever looked at a pair of headphones and thought, “These need to have air purifiers in them?” Dyson is entering the audio accessory segment in the way they know how: with their own touch. The Dyson Zone is primarily a pair of noise-canceling Bluetooth headphones with air purification tech.

That is possible through that unusual magnetic face visor you see in the cover photo. Dyson thinks this gadget can help mitigate the air and noise pollution of those who live in urban cities. It shrinks its existing air filtration tech into this unusual form factor.

The Zone pulls in the air through each earpiece using a pair of compressors. The outside air is then filtered and piped through this visor-like contraption across your face, allowing you to breathe without most of the particles and pollutants. 

According to the company, it can filter out up to 99 percent of particle pollution. It’s not a medical device, so they won’t outright say that it can combat COVID-19. Think of it more as a device to filter out pollution. Like some filters on its air purifiers, its filters aren’t reusable. You’ll need to replace them after around a year. Of course, the exact time is dependent on how much air pollution you encounter and how actively you use it.

The visor isn’t flush against your face. There’s a gap between your nose and mouth, so there’s a bubble of sorts where the clean air can gather. But Dyson has a separate attachment you can clip on when you need a full-contact face mask. 

Dyson knows we tend to breathe heavier when we’re doing different activities. So, the Zone gets different settings depending on the level of exertion. Of course, there’s an automated option, too. That uses accelerometers to adjust airflow to what you need.

This accessory snaps in place with the help of magnets. And you can hinge it down if you want to talk to people without it blocking your face.

If you intend to just use the headphones part, that one goes the traditional route. Dyson’s goal with the Zone is to create “faithful” reproductions of a musician’s original track. Noise cancelation is courtesy of passive cancelation from the design and active noise cancelation with the help of microphones. 

It offers three different modes for noise cancelation: 

  • Isolation mode: ANC is on, and the face visor is raised
  • Conversation mode: Lowered visor shifts into this mode, and ANC is disabled
  • Transparency mode: Lets in sounds around you

The Dyson Zone charges via USB-C and can be controlled with the Dyson Link app. It’s also where you get air quality info.

We can’t tell you yet how much they cost or the actual specifications because the Dyson Zone is scheduled for a fall release. So, we don’t have theoretical data on how long the battery lasts or how much these weigh. They admittedly look bulky. 

When we get more info, we’ll make sure to report about it.


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