Dyson release ‘Air-Purifying’ headphones and they are as bizarre as they sound

Virgin Radio

31 Mar 2022, 08:30

Credit: Dyson

Credit: Dyson

Dyson has announced its first pair of Bluetooth headphones, and they look like something from Back To The Future.

The noise-cancelling headphones, named Dyson Zone, come with a visor attached to them that filters the surrounding air, designed to protect the user from pollution.

It is the first time the tech company is venturing into the world of music after becoming best known for its hoovers and hairdryers.

However, this product has been a while in the making- the company says the Dyson Zone headphones took nearly six years to make with more than 500 prototypes to develop.

The visor acts as a face mask that can flip down or detach when needed and will mostly benefit those living in cities who want to reduce the effects of air pollution on their body.

In a press release, chief engineer of the company, Jake Dyson, said: “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. And unlike face masks, it delivers a plume of fresh air without touching your face."

If you’re used to your lightweight AirPods or headphones, the Dyson Zone might be a little harder to carry. They appear to be quite bulky in comparison, and the company has said the headphones are heavier than other similar products on the market.

This is probably because the product includes a motor, compressor fan, and air purifying dual-layer filter in each ear cup. After cleaning the air of 99% of particles, it is then fed through the visor for the user to breathe.

Not only that, but the headphones come with sensors that monitor the intensity of the airflow and the quality of the air around you.

According to Dyson, the filters in the ear cups will last around 12 months in most European cities, but users living in more heavily polluted areas may have to change them more regularly.

If the Dyson Zone sounds like something you would try, the headphones are expected to go on sale in the autumn. A set price has not been confirmed, but the company said it will be somewhere between £500 and £1000.