Dyson have announced the launch of the world’s first headphones which purify the air the user is taking in too - and they’re noise cancelling too.
The release comes only a few years after the launch of Dyson’s highly sought after airwrap and hairdryer, which are a must-have for beauty lovers and both continue to sell out.
Given how Dyson have led the way with innovative gadgets, we expect these headphones will be extremely popular and sell out very quickly too.
Although, the company has been forced to clarify on Twitter that the headphones are not an early April Fools’ joke as social media users have questioned if the futuristic gadget is real.
How exactly will the headphones work, how much will they cost, and when will they be available to buy?
This is everything you need to know.
What are the Dyson Zone air-purifying headphones?
The Dyson Zone air-purifying headphones combine large plush Bluetooth headphones with a visor which connects from earpiece to earpiece and covers the wearer’s mouth.
The visor delivers purified air into the wearer’s mouth and nose, while the headphones deliver immersive high-fidelity sound and have active noise cancelling technology.
That means you can listen to all your favourite music undisturbed, and take in the best quality air.
The headphones, which have taken six years to develop, look very futuristic and would be sure to draw lots of double takes if you wear them in the street.
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. Unlike face masks, it delivers a plume of fresh air without touching your face, using high-performance filters and two miniaturised air pumps.
“We’re excited to deliver pure air and pure audio, anywhere.”
How do the headphones work?
Each earpiece has a motor, compressor fan and air purifying dual-layer filter.
Air is drawn through the filters, which then clean it of 99% of particles, including pollen, bacteria and dust, as well as gas pollutants.
The filtered air is then pushed along the inside of a visor for the wearer to breathe in.
The headphones have sensors that detect how fast the wearer is moving too so they can adjust the airflow between three intensity levels.
This will ensure they deliver up to 5 litres of clean air a second. That is the equivalent breathing rate of a jog.
There is an air quality sensor in the left ear cup that monitors real-time pollution levels, and sends the data to an associated phone app to tell you when to replace the filters in the headphones.
It’s expected that the filters should last for up to 12 months, depending on how polluted the environment is.
The battery lasts up to 4.5 hours at the Zone’s lowest purification rate or 90 minutes at maximum, but if they are used just as headphones they can last up to 40 hours.
If they are used just as headphones then the visor can be detached.
When they do need charging, a fast charge can be achieved via USB-C, gaining up to 60% battery in just 20 minutes.
Who are the headphones for?
This pioneering gadget has been designed with city residents in mind, as they are exposed to pollution on a daily basis.
Given that we’ve all spent the majority of the last two years wearing masks because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the headphones are also likely to prove popular with people who want to breathe in cleaner air in all environments.
In addition, they may also prove to be beneficial for sufferers of hayfever and other allergies.
When will the headphones be available to buy?
While this advanced piece of tech wouldn’t look out of place in a sci-fi film, the Dyson Zone air-purifying headphones will actually be on the UK market soon.
No official launch date has been announced by Dyson yet though, but we do know they will be launched this year.
You can sign up to register your interest and be among the first to know when they are available to buy.
How much will the headphones cost?
The price of these headphones has not yet been announced, but given that they contain such advanced technology, we expect they will cost at least a few hundred pounds.
We’ll update this article as soon as we know when the headphones will be available, and how much they will cost.