Dyson has created a pair of noise-canceling headphones that feature a built-in air purifier to help protect its users from air pollution.
The technology company shared an initial overview of its new Dyson Zone audio device, which has been designed to deliver pure air and pure audio by combining over-ear headphones with a contact-free visor to supply “a continuous stream of purified air to your nose and mouth “in a bid to help battle various pollutants in the air, from” industrial emissions to car exhausts. “
Dyson Zone Noise-Canceling Headphones with a Built-in Air Purifier
Dyson Zone features a two-stage purification system that tackles city fumes and pollutants by using high-performance filters and two miniaturized air pumps. The compressors in each earcup are said to “draw air through the dual-layer filters and project two streams of purified air to the wearer’s nose and mouth, channeled through the non-contact visor.”
In addition to the air-purification system, the headphones fulfill their traditional purpose of delivering rich, immersive audio. Dyson Zone’s headphone cushions mold around the listener’s ear to reduce unwanted disturbance with “advanced noise cancellation, low distortion and a neutral frequency response, to faithfully replicate music or audio as the creator intended.”
Dyson engineers have been working on these air-purifying headphones for the past six years, and there have been over 500 prototypes in that time. The team started out by analyzing data on air pollution in cities and drawing up an initial concept for such a device, before then moving into user testing to fine-tune the design and ensure optimal product performance.
“Air pollution is a global problem – it affects us everywhere we go. In our homes, at school, at work and as we travel, whether on foot, on a bike or by public or private transport. The Dyson Zone purifies the air you breathe on the move, “Chief Engineer Jake Dyson said of the new tech. “And unlike face masks, it delivers a plume of fresh air without touching your face.”
Dyson is known for harnessing innovative new technology and bringing devices that may once have been regarded as futuristic fiction into the world of reality, such as its 360 Eye robot vacuum. The Dyson Zone headphones are set to become the firm’s newest invention to hit the market, with the product due to go on sale in Autumn for an as-yet-unannounced price.
Adele Ankers-Range is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.