August 19, 2022
Dyson Unveils 'Dyson Zone' Air-Purifying Headphones [Video]

Dyson Unveils 'Dyson Zone' Air-Purifying Headphones [Video]

Posted March 30, 2022 at 6:36pm by iClarified · 6525 views
Dyson has unveiled new 'Dyson Zone' air-purifying headphones that capture city pollution including gases, allergens and particulate matter while cancelling unwanted noise.

The Dyson Zone is a set of noise cancelling, high fidelity over-ear headphones which simultaneously deliver immersive sound to the ears, and purified airflow to the nose and mouth. The result of over a decade of air quality research and development, the Dyson Zone air-purifying headphones simultaneously tackle the urban issues of air quality and noise pollution.

Dyson Unveils 'Dyson Zone' Air-Purifying Headphones [Video]

Dyson says its has been working on the device for six years, creating over 500 prototypes.

Originally a snorkel-like clean air mouthpiece paired with a backpack to hold the motor and inner workings, the Dyson Zone air-purifying headphones evolved dramatically over its six years in development. More than 500 prototypes saw one motor initially placed at the nape become two compressors, one in each ear-cup and the evolution of the snorkel mouthpiece into an effective, contact-free visor that delivers clean air without full-face contact – a brand-new clean air delivery mechanism.

Dyson Unveils 'Dyson Zone' Air-Purifying Headphones [Video]

Dyson engineers used a breathing manikin fitted with medical-grade mechanical lungs and sensing equipment, which 'inhales' pollution replicating human breathing patterns in a controlled chamber. They then measured the pollution level within the nose and throat to determine the filtration efficacy of those particles which would otherwise end up in the artificial lung.

Precision-engineered compressors within the earcups draw air through the dual-layer filters. The negatively charged electrostatic filter media captures ultrafine particles such as allergens, and particles from sources such as brake dust, industry combustion and construction whilst a potassium-enriched carbon layer captures city gas pollutants like NO2 and SO2. The compressor channels the purified air to the wearer’s nose and mouth via the contact-free visor, formed with flexible returns that channel the flow of purified air to the wearer’s nose and mouth.

For the headphones, Dyson engineers developed a high performing neodymium electroacoustic system within each earcup that offers wide frequency response, precise left-right balance and distortion significantly below what can be detected by the human ear.

Engineers also developed an advanced noise cancellation system. Together, the device’s passive attenuation and the ANC, with its unique array of microphones, reduce unwanted environmental noise and motor tones to provide advanced noise cancellation. Dyson took inspiration from the shape and design of a horse’s saddle, engineering the Dyson Zone to distribute weight over the sides of the head, rather than on the top. Foam was optimally selected to balance comfort, stability, and acoustic benefit. The cushion is purposefully flatter than conventional ear cushions for both attenuation and comfort, and the cushions are angled in line with the angle of the ear on the head for optimal comfort.

Dyson Unveils 'Dyson Zone' Air-Purifying Headphones [Video]

Pricing and Availability
The Dyson Zone air-purifying headphones will be available online and in-store at Dyson Demo Stores and starting Autumn 2022. No word yet on pricing or specifications but further information will be announced in the coming months.

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