Dyson’s newly announced Zone headphones typify the genre in many ways. High-end audio quality, active noise cancellation, long battery life.
Despite Dyson being Dyson, they have a signature twist: a removable visor.
Building on its recent air filtration products, this will direct purified air to the wearer’s nose and mouth, the company says, while its electrostatic filters capture 99 percent of particulate pollution as small as 0.1 microns. Additionally, Dyson claims that the unit’s potassium-enriched K-Carbon charcoal filters target the most prevalent acid gases found in typical urban pollution.
A few years ago, such a design might be seen as something out of a sci-fi author’s playbook, or possibly reserved for certain Asian cities that adopted mask-wearing well before the recent pandemic.
But as western cities brace themselves for a potential Covid resurgence this winter, Dyson will rarely be better able to capture the zeitgeist.
“More than half of the world’s population lives in cities,” Dyson announced the headphones. “This is expected to reach 7 in 10 by 2050. As urban populations grow, so does the associated infrastructure such as transportation, construction and traffic, all of which affect the environment we live in, polluting the air and creating noise.”
An estimated 90 percent of New York City transit users are exposed to levels in excess of the recommended decibel limit, the company added, while noise pollution is reported to affect one in five citizens in the EU
Air pollution is also a global problem, the company said.
“99 percent of the world’s population lives in areas that exceed World Health Organization (WHO) safe levels for pollution,” it said. “In many regions, local man-made pollution is not the greatest threat. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, the main source of air pollution in Europe, West Asia and Africa is wind dust.”
As for the headphones’ other features, Dyson promises up to 50 hours of use on a single charge. This also includes active high-end noise cancellation, with eight of the eleven integrated microphones attenuating external noise by up to 38 dB. And the audio quality itself is described as “full spectrum,” ranging from 6Hz to 21kHz, with ultra-low distortion. Dual microphones are designed to make it an effective phone headset
The wireless headphones, which will go on sale in China from January and Ireland, the UK and the US from March, will charge via USB-C by default, although the company doesn’t say how fast the charging speeds will be. It also doesn’t say how much the headphones will cost.
“The air-purifying headphones are the result of Dyson’s 30 years of experience in airflow, filter and motor technologies, as well as its deep understanding of indoor and outdoor air quality,” the company said.
“The compressors in each earcup pull air through the dual-layer filters and project two streams of purified air onto the wearer’s nose and mouth, which are channeled through the non-contact removable visor. Electrostatic filters capture 99 percent of particulate pollution as small as 0.1 microns2, while K-Carbon, potassium-enriched carbon filters, target the predominant acid gases most commonly associated with urban air pollution, including NO2 and SO2.”
https://www.independent.ie/business/technology/dysons-new-futuristic-zone-headphones-will-protect-you-from-pollution-42203060.html Dyson’s new futuristic Zone headphones protect you from pollution