May 28, 2022

Sky. I love it, you love it. We are all moving all day, filling our lungs and blood with things. We can’t get enough of it. But that wonderful, tasty, saving air that you, me and your chinchilla need as a pet is sometimes harmful. Like this. The air we rely on is sometimes full of bad things. Things that want nothing more than to turn up their noses and wreak havoc on your tender, vulnerable insides.

Over the past two years, U.S. air purifier sales have skyrocketed, up 57% in 2020. The pandemic, combined with events such as the California wildfires, has prompted many people to replace installed filters with their own. houses and offices. Dyson engineers have always asked themselves an important question: what if we could find a way to stick an air purifier on people’s faces? In a world where wearing masks has become the status quo, perhaps that’s not the biggest question?

Maybe.

image credit: Dyson

The Dyson Zone is a monster. It shares many of the characteristics of the beloved Dyson product design, with the obvious (and not insignificant) difference being that it is designed to mount on the user’s face. Or, more accurately, I believe, strapped to headphones and worn in the mouth. To be honest, the basic form factor is reminiscent of a football helmet.

According to the company, the final product will appear after 500 prototypes within six years. Dyson says:

Originally paired with a snorkel-like mouthpiece, a clean air motor, and a backpack for the interior, the air-purifying Dyson Zone headphones have evolved significantly over six years of development. More than 500 prototypes have shown that the motor initially evolved into two compressors on the neck, one in each earcup, and the snorkel mouthpiece evolved into an efficient non-contact visor that provided clean air without contacting the entire face – an absolute must. fresh air supply mechanism.

image credit: Dyson

The detachable visor directs multiple streams of filtered air into the wearer’s mouth and nose without coming into direct contact with the face. It is designed to filter out allergens, pollutants and other particles. Dyson makes no claims about the zone’s ability to filter out infections such as COVID. Instead, the product comes with a cap that allows the user to wear a face mask in addition to the product. The earphones have three noise canceling modes and four air purification settings on the front panel.

Exact pricing and availability are not yet available – which is a shame because I would really like to know how long this thing will last. It will normally hit select markets this fall. Details about all of them are promised in the coming months.

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