Dyson has offered more details of its air-purifying headphones, the Dyson Zone, we saw earlier this year along with the price. Yes. Dyson is serious about making a wearable air purifier that also is a pair of audio cans.
As far as air purifications go, Dyson is somewhat of a veteran. The only difference is, it has miniaturized its technology which in this case, features the smallest 10,000 RPM electric motors Dyson has ever developed.
Each earcup of the Dyson Zone has one electric motor that is used to draw air from the front and pass the air through dual-layer filters to eliminate particles like pollen, bacteria, and dust, as well as gases like nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and ozone.
The purified air is directed to the wearer’s mouth and nose via a magnetically-attached mask that’s also designed to block the wind. Dyson Zone’s principles are not unlike some similar wearable air purifiers. The difference is that it is one of the feels that materializes and also from a big, well-known brand.
While it may sound like the Zone is a perfect face mask for the apocalypse, it is not because Dyson said the Zone does not create a perfect enough seal to minimize the risk of Covid-19 exposure. It is more fitting for cutting out the smog as you are traveling in a populated urban environment.
The filters will need to be replaced once about every 12 months. There’s no worrying about forgetting to change the filter because Dyson makes sure you are reminded to do so via the companion app.
In the audio reproduction department, Dyson Zone has 40 mm neodymium drivers capable of a frequency response of 6 Hz to 21 kHz and activate noise cancellation too.
However, ANC in the case of Zone pose some challenge and that is, in addition to the ambient sounds, it has to deal with sound generated by the air filtering system. As such, it has additional microphones to deal with the noise from the purification system – in addition to the eight that could dowse ambient noise by as much as 38 decibels. All told, this futurist headphones/air purifier has 11 microphones.
The headphones come packed with a 2,600 mAh battery good for up to 50 hours of playback with ANC on, and just 1.5-4 hours with the air filtration system running.
Not surprisingly, this wearable fit for an apocalypse is not light; in fact, it is very heavy, tipping the scales at 670g.
And did we mention it costs an arm or a leg, commanding a hefty US$949? If you are keen, the Dyson Zone Air Purifying Headphones will be available for pre-order by appointment only in the U.S. starting in March. After which, it will become available to buy from Dyson.com and in-store at the Dyson Demo store.
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