Dyson Zone is a portable air purifier that doubles as ANC headphones
Dyson is best known for its vacuum cleaners, fans, and other such devices. The company has unveiled its first wearable device, a pair of noise-canceling headphones, but it doesn’t stray too far from its area of expertise.
You see, this product, called the Dyson Zone, has a removable accessory that is a miniature version of the Dyson home air purifiers. The system draws air from the earphones, pushing it through a 2-stage purifier that uses electrostatic means to extract particles from the air while keeping the filter small and lightweight.
The ‘visor’, as Dyson calls it, sits close to the face, but doesn’t actually touch the skin. Design on the Zone was launched in 2016, before the pandemic, so it wasn’t designed with masks in mind, but the company does provide accessories that can be used with FFP2 masks.
To help you appreciate how much Dyson has had to miniaturize its technology, here are several prototypes developed over the years. These are just a few, around 500 prototypes were made before settling on the final design.
The Dyson Zone can be adjusted to deliver the right amount of airflow, whether you’re sitting at your desk or working out. In addition, it is designed to prevent the wind from blowing uncleaned air into the nose and mouth.
As for the headphones, they feature noise cancellation and use neodymium magnets, but not much else is known about their audio abilities other than that. They will offer up to 40 hours of music playback and will charge quickly via USB-C (60% in 20 minutes). You can remove the visor and use them as standard headphones.
But if you use the Zone with the visor on as intended, it will last 4.5 hours on the minimum purification setting and 1.5 hours on the maximum. The Dyson Area isn’t market-ready yet, but it will launch later this year. The price will be announced later.
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