Get in the Dyson zone with portable air purifying headphones
Dyson knows a thing or two about purifying the air, with both its dedicated purifying fans and vacuums, trapping sucked-in dirt and stopping it from escaping. So far, the company has focused on purifying the air inside your home. Now, with the Dyson Zone Wearable, the company wants to purify the air you breathe when you’re outdoors, while making life more peaceful.
The Dyson Zone is a pair of noise-canceling over-ear headphones that draw dirty air through each earcup, then blow clean air through the removable, contact-free visor in front of your nose and mouth. Think of a more comfortable version of Bane’s mask from Batman and you get the idea.
For the system to work, Dyson had to develop a small turbine to suck in air, finely balanced so there would be no vibrations to cause unwanted noise. This air then passes through filters to remove harmful particles.
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Dyson used electrostatic media for the filters, which attract particles. According to Dyson, the filters can remove 99% of particles as small as 0.1 microns, while a potassium-enriched carbon layer captures gases including NO2, sulfur dioxide and ozone.
Clean air is pushed into the clean air supply hood at a rate of 2.5 liters per minute of air. As Dyson explained to us during a briefing, it was important to create a gentle puff of clean air, rather than blow it into your face.
We were lucky enough to try the Dyson Zone and it is as described: you can feel the air passing through, but it’s soft and it’s not like sitting in front of a fan pushing air at high speeds towards you.
There are different modes that push air at different speeds because different activities require different levels of airflow: you need more when exercising, less when sitting or walking slowly. To enable this, the Dyson Zone has low, medium and high settings, as well as an auto mode that can automatically adjust the airflow based on what you’re doing.
We live in a time when the use of masks is common. Although the Dyson zone purifies the air you inhale, it doesn’t stop what you exhale. Where you have to wear a face mask, the Dyson Area comes with an FFP2 compatible mask that clips onto the front of the visor, covering your nose and mouth.
The product is not only an air purifier, but also a complete set of active noise canceling (ANC) headphones, designed for both quieter life around you and entertainment. The headphones connect to your phone via Bluetooth and can be controlled via the Dyson Link app, the same one used for Dyson smart devices such as the Dyson Purifier Hot+Cool Formaldehyde.
As ANC only covers the lower end of the audio spectrum, there is passive attenuation to further filter out sounds. Dyson tried seven different foams before he settled on the Zone.
The headphones have three ANC modes: Isolation for maximum noise cancellation to suppress background noise; Conversation mode, which activates when you lower the visor, deactivating air purification and amplifying conversations; and Transparency mode, which uses the microphones to amplify key noises, like station announcements or sirens.
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There are 11 microphones for ANC and two for telephony. Internally, the speakers use 40mm drivers and a large cavity to deliver high-fidelity sound.
We had the opportunity to test the headphones for a short time. ANC is certainly impressive, and we couldn’t hear any conversations in the same room until we lowered the visor to talk mode.
With ANC activated, the headphones will last 40 hours on a single charge. Turn on purification and battery life decreases: low rate lasts 4.5 hours, medium rate lasts 2.5 hours, and high rate lasts 1.5 hours.
Price and availability
The Dyson Zone will be available to purchase from Dyson Fall 2022, but pricing has not yet been released. We’ll bring you updates as we get them and review them when samples become available.
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