Dyson Patents Headphones That Purify the Air Around You
Dyson the British technology company established by Sir James Dyson designs and manufactures household appliances such as vacuum cleaners, air purifiers, hand dryers, bladeless fans, heaters, hairdryers, and lights. Dyson has now patented designs for an air purifier that doubles as a pair of headphones according to a Bloomberg report, with some of the features quite bonkers.
Both earcups contain a motor that’s connected to a fan-like propeller measuring 35-40mm.
Each spin at about 12,000 rpm to draw about 1.4 liters of air per second into the headphones through a filter that particles like dust and bacteria cannot penetrate.
The filtered air then journeys down each side of the mouthpiece, meeting in the middle, where a perforated air vent jets about 2.4 liters per second of clean oxygen toward the wearer’s mouth.
The noise generated from the motors spinning at that speed would be quashed by the active noise cancellation.
These headphones may never actually launch as Dyson has filed many patents for products that often don’t make it into production. In 2019 they ditched their plan to build electric cars even though they turned a former airfield into a vehicle-testing site and begun plans to build a car factory in Singapore.
With air being a major problem in big cities, purified air while doing another task like gaming, listening to music sounds like a great solution, however, at Dyson prices, only a handful would probably get them.