By: Valerie Reyes
After six years and 500 prototypes, Dyson announces The Dyson Zone. The Dyson Zone is a pair of noise canceling headphones that attaches to a small air purifier that goes across the nose and mouth.
The headphones have compressors in each earcup where the air goes through dual-layer filters and produces two streams of purified air through the visor to the nose and mouth. The visor was designed in a way that it would have no contact with the users face to avoid discomfort and irritation.
To ensure that The Dyson Zone was effective, according to dyson.com Dyson engineers used a breathing manikin that had “medical-grade mechanical lungs and sensing equipment, while ‘inhales’ pollution replicating human breathing patterns in a controlled chamber.” The manikin allowed them to measure the pollution level in the nose and throat to test the filters efficacy.
Chief Engineer, Jake Dyson said “The Dyson Zone purifies the air you breathe on the move. And unlike face masks, it delivers a plume of fresh air without touching your face, using high performance filters and two miniaturized air pumps.”
How comfortable are the headphones? Dyson worked to make the headphones as comfortable as possible by using the shape and design of a horse saddle as inspiration. By doing this they took a look into different foams and chose one based on density, rate of compression, and spring-back rate. The ear cups will mold around the ear for a better fit which enhances the noise cancelling effect.
At the moment there is no set price for the air-purifying headphones, but based on how much Dyson products cost, I’m sure the Dyson Zone will cost about the same or more as previous products. The headphones look as if they are meant to be in a futuristic movie, and I wonder if people will buy the headphones. Personally whether I had the money or not, I would not, unless they looked less bulky and more subtle.
The Dyson Zone will be available online and in-store at Dyson Demo Stores and Dyson.com starting Autumn 2022.