The man who revolutionized the vacuum cleaner as we know it is about to release his – at first glance – most outlandish invention yet.
Jake Dyson said on Tuesday that his company is preparing to release the Dyson Zone – air-purifying headphones with “active noise cancellation” that will not only provide wearers with smooth, rich tunes, but will purify the air around them. of them.
“The Dyson Zone is Dyson’s first portable purifier, capturing city pollution including gases, allergens and particles and canceling out unwanted noise with advanced noise cancellation and pure, high-fidelity sound,” says its website.
“The Dyson Zone is a set of high-fidelity, noise-canceling over-ear headphones that simultaneously deliver immersive sound to the ears and purified airflow to the nose and mouth.
“The result of more than a decade of air quality research and development, the Dyson Zone air-purifying headphones simultaneously tackle urban air quality and noise pollution issues.”
The website says more than 500 prototypes were created during the research and development phase. The original concept featured a snorkel-like clean-air mouthpiece paired with a backpack to hold the motor and inner workings.
The finished product will have two compressors, one in each earcup, and a touchless visor that delivers clean air without face contact.
“Air pollution is a global problem,” Mr Dyson said.
“It affects us wherever we go. At home, at school, at work and in our travels, whether on foot, by bike or by public or private transport.
“The Dyson Zone purifies the air you breathe on the go. It delivers a plume of fresh air without touching your face, thanks to high-performance filters and two miniaturized air pumps. After six years of development, we are delighted to deliver clean air and clean sound, anywhere.
The company’s first foray into the world of audio may make wearers feel like they’ve just stepped out of a dystopian future, but Dyson promises “pure, rich sound and advanced noise cancellation” while still inspired by a horse’s saddle “to distribute the weight to the sides of the head, rather than the top”.
They will be available for purchase later this year.