Wearing headphones is not as much about isolating yourself from the crowd, as it is about creating an intimacy bubble around you. And who says there’s only room for one in that bubble?
Wearhaus Arc are wireless headphones that enable you to share what you’re listening to with others, without having to produce public disturbance. Social music listening is not exactly a new thing, but until now this was mainly achieved using splitters for wired headphones. The way Wearhaus Arc achieves this is different, and it becomes even more apparent when multiple such headphones placed in a room get paired in several groups.
Do you think your friends should listen to this new band you’ve recently discovered? One way to do it is to hand them over your headphones. Assuming that both you and your friend have a pair of Wearhaus Arc, you can now share your music without you stopping from listening to it. Wearhaus Inc., the developers of the Wearhaus Arc wireless headphones thought that it would be nice of using colors to let people know who is listening the same music as them. Some may think that the LED rings are a bit too flashy, but they do add a nice touch to the overall design of the headphones.
These wireless headphones are also equipped with a touch-sensitive panel on the right cup, so that users can browse through songs by sliding their finger across it in a certain direction. Playing or pausing the current song (or audiobook) is done by tapping the panel once, and turning the volume up and down can also be done using the touch surface.
The app that comes with the headphones lets users choose the color displayed by the LED ring and the other pairs of Wearhaus Arc they’re willing to share their music with. The companion app completes the product nicely, adding some much needed functionality.
Wearhaus Inc. turned to Kickstarter to raise the money necessary for mass producing their wireless headphones. The campaign was a major success, as backers pledged more than three times the $50K funding goal. Back the project with $179 in the following 3 days to get your pair of Wearhaus Arc in January 2015.
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Renowned for the Bluetooth earpieces it makes, Jabra is now looking to add a twist to its products, by adding heart rate monitor functionality to wireless earphones.
Just in case the name of these Jabra wireless earphones wasn’t suggestive enough, the design of Sport Pulse indicates quite clearly that these are made for working out. From here on, the company doesn’t care that much if you’re running or lifting weights, as in both cases you might want to know your heart rate zones. Monitoring this aspect while performing physical activities is essential for making a progress, so Jabra decided it wouldn’t hurt if they added this functionality to a category of products they’re already good at making.
Jabra Sport Pulse tick all the boxes when it comes to convenience while working out. They feature a sleek design, comfortable to wear, and they don’t have any long wires to disturb you while running.
Much like Bose’s Quiet Comfort QC20, Jabra Sport Pulse include an earhook tip that keeps the earphones in place while moving around. Manufacturers of sports headphones have been testing multiple designs to make sure that the devices don’t fall off the ears during high-impact training of any sort. Jabra decided that the earhook is the most convenient way of preventing the headphones from coming loose.
Once used exclusively for taking or placing calls, Bluetooth earphones are now turned into an intermediary between your favorite music that’s being played on your smartphone, and your ears. After all, music is among the most powerful motivators while working out, and Jabra seems to have become aware of that.
The heart rate monitor included in the earphones transmits the collected data to Jabra Sport Life, a mobile app that’s available both on Android and iOS. And this is exactly where the workout improvement thing comes into play. The app provides voice feedback and enables users to set personal goals based on distance, time, burned calories, and desired heart rate.
Since Jabra Sport Pulse feature Dolby DSP, users are able to change the way music sounds using the equalizer included in the app.
These wireless earphones will be available starting on October 1, and will cost $200, which is a bit of a steep price for this kind of products, even with the added functionality.
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Mobile music lovers hate wires, and that’s a fact! If they loved them, they would stay at home, hanging at the edge of their seats, with a pair of gigantic wired headphones connected to their reel-to-reel tape recorder.
Malmö, Sweden-based Earin is a company that means to revolutionize how wireless headphones look and work, by miniaturizing them. The tube-shaped carrying case that the Earin buds come in could be easily mistaken for a keychain, and these in-ear headphones for sound blockers. Instead, they represent a creative solution for
As Earin’s Olle Linden pointed out, “Wires (are) always the first point of irritation with headphones. They are in the way, create sound when touching your clothes or cheek, and get pulled out of my ears whenever I am on the move.”
Linden also admits that what inspired him to create these in-ear headphones was the “Definitely Maybe” flick that featured Ryan Reynolds walking down the street with a pair of wireless earphones, while listening what he claimed to be “the soundtrack of a perfect day.” Since plenty of Star Trek technology is available nowadays, why not allow a Ryan Reynolds movie be the inspiration for new products? Linden started working on this concept in 2008, and today we get to see his dream become a reality.
The main question about these wireless earphones is how good is their sound quality. If it’s not that great, then maybe it’s worth having some cables that are in the way, if with that also comes better sound quality. Other than that, they definitely look great, and are pretty inconspicuous. Best of all, you can fall asleep while wearing them, provided that the music you’re listening to is appropriate for REM.
Some people also noticed that one thing the Earin wireless earphones are is easy to lose. They do pack cutting-edge technology, but they’re quite easy to misplace, even when placed in that bullet case.
Earin is currently featured on Kickstarter, where its creators have already raised almost double the £179,000 they were asking for mass producing these tiny wireless earphones. You still have 36 more days to secure a pair of Earin wireless earphones for the equivalent of $134. As wireless headphones go, these are on the expensive side of things, but the hi-tech that was put into them might well be worth it.
Listening to music while doing physical activities can have a major impact on your motivation, but depending on the intensity, your headphones might fell off. Unless they’re LIVV headphones, that is.
Former American footballer Mark Clayton created a pair of headphones that are meant to stay on your head after you put them on. American football is obviously rougher than jogging or going to the gym. In other words, Clayton had a first hand experience of that it happens when you want to listen to music while doing high-impact training.
Clayton stated that “I’ve tried everything in the market headphone-wise. In-ears are the best for function, but the bud can become irritating after a while of having it jammed down your ear. Over-ear headphones, which are the most widely available, are more comfortable, but don’t stand a chance in intense activity.”
With that in mind, Clayton started working in 2011 on a pair of wireless headphones that could withstand high-impact training conditions. The band that wraps around the head of the wearer is contortional, fact that keeps it in place.
Since these are wireless, they obviously connect to your smartphone or portable media player via Bluetooth. Users have 5GB of internal storage at their disposal. Once fully charged, the battery should provide 4 to 5 hours of playback or talk time, since these headphones can obviously be also paired to smartphones for talking.
Dale Lott of Aurisonics, the man in charge for engineering these headphones, detailed the technical specs of the drivers: “We chose a 40 mm titanium driver for its superior frequency response between 10 Hz and 22 kHz.” The Livv heaphones also include the aptX codec that make the HTC One M8 and the Xperia Z2 tablet such great devices in terms of sound quality.
Clayton has started a crowdfunding campaign for the LIVV headphones on Kickstarter, where people can pledge $179 or more in order to secure a pair of Livv headphones for themselves. At press time, there were 56 more days to go and about $190K left to raise from the $200K goal. Should the campaign be successful, backers will get their headphones in April 2015. Hopefully, the Livv headphones will hit the market and will make the other sports earphones just a long-forgotten memory.
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