Dyson has made its first foray into wearable electronics with a pair of eye-catching over-ear headphones that include an air-purifying mouth visor.
Dyson, which is best known for its vacuum cleaners, has recently expanded its product portfolio to include fans and a hairdryer.
The Dyson Zone headphones are designed to combat the growing problem of pollution in the air.
“Their design is eye-catching,” Britta O’Boyle, deputy editor of gadget publication Pocket-lint, commented.
The headphones have a “wonderful build” and “excellent sound quality,” according to the reviewers.
In the fall, the headphones will be available. The noise-cancelling headphones have a motor, a fan, and air filters in each ear cup.
As air flows through the filters, allergens and pollutants such as nitrogen and sulphur dioxide, as well as brake dust, are caught.
This filtered air is then channelled to the nose and mouth through the visor, which is magnetically attached to the bottom of the headphones.
It is 97 per cent effective at delivering clean air to the lungs, according to the firm.
There are four purification modes, depending on whether the wearer is walking down the street or sitting.
Breathing and exercise are measured by sensors in the headphones, which then transition between modes.
The non-contact aspect was crucial to the designers to eliminate discomfort and irritation. It was also the Dyson engineers’ first foray into the world of audio.
The Dyson Zone was created for six years and 500 prototypes. The motor and internal workings were originally placed in a backpack with a snorkel-style mouthpiece.
The finished product was described as “bizarre” by The Verge, which stressed that it was not an April Fool’s joke.
“We’ll have to see if people are willing to accept this odd-looking item,” it said, “while mask-wearing has become considerably more widespread in the last two years.”
Publication of electronic devices Stuff. tv called it “the craziest gizmo we’ve ever tried.”
It looked “like something out of a bleak sci-fi thriller,” according to Cnet, a technology website.