Dyson has announced its first wearable product that builds the firm’s air purification expertise into a set of Bluetooth noise cancelling headphones aimed at city dwellers wanting to avoid polluted air.
Dyson Zone consists of a set of large, plush headphones with a plastic mask-type device that connects from ear-to-ear across the wearer’s mouth – it delivers purified air to the mouth and nose while simultaneously tackling noise pollution through its active noise cancelling technology.
Chief engineer 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.”
Mr Dyson revealed that the product took six years and 500 prototypes to develop into its final form, which while heavy for a set of headphones attempts to balance the weight evenly across the head.
The headphones have sensors that detect how fast the wearer is moving, automatically adjusting the airflow between three intensity levels to ensure they deliver up to five litres of clean air a second.
An air quality sensor in the left ear cup monitors real-time pollution levels sending the data to an app on your phone and telling you when to replace the filters, which should last for about 12 months of use.
Dyson Zone is due to go on sale in the Autumn.