World’s first hi-res TWS earbuds have Active Noise Cancellation and cost $99, seriously rivaling the AirPods Pro

Edifier’s NeoBuds Pro became the first TWS earbuds to be certified Hi-Res, a standard proposed by Sony and recognized by the Consumer Electronics Association.

It’s just ridiculously difficult to deliver hi-res audio over Bluetooth. Just ask Apple – they announced that lossless audio (to clarify, which isn’t the same as hi-res audio) was coming to Apple Music, but cleverly left out that the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max wouldn’t support it. Hi-res audio is heavy, and isn’t something Bluetooth can handle… but Edifier, a company with 25 years of audio equipment manufacturing behind it, somehow cracked the code. By using the LHDC (Low-Latency High Definition Codec) Bluetooth Codec, Edifier’s NeoBuds Pro can deliver high-resolution music to your ears without requiring wires. The NeoBuds Pro even comes with Active Noise Cancellation and costs just $99, providing some serious competition to the AirPods Pro and Sony’s WF-1000XM4.

Designer: Edifier

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What’s really ironic is that the Edifier NeoBuds Pro are the first TWS earphones to come Hi-Res certified, a standard developed by Sony itself – a brand that’s very much in the TWS earbud race! Edifier’s own TWS earphones really push the boundaries with the adoption of the LHDC codec (to rival Sony’s LDAC codec), offering higher-quality streaming over a Bluetooth connection, even compared to Apple’s own AAC. Simply put, the NeoBuds Pro makes a pretty remarkable claim, although the LHDC codec is currently adopted by a number of brands in Asia, but isn’t entirely widespread.

Edifier leverages the innovative digital Active Crossover technology to process sound through a Digital Computation Processor (DSP) for Bi-Drivers—a custom-designed dynamic driver captures exceptionally deep bass, while the Knowles balanced armature achieves pure highs.

The NeoBuds Pro comes in a slick little case that houses the two earbuds, along with a pretty neat LED light strip that dances when you open the case. The earphones themselves are incredibly compact for what they say they’re capable of, and aside from being able to pump out hi-res audio, they come with a dynamic driver, Knowles balanced armature, and active noise cancellation up to 42 decibels – made possible with the presence of 6 microphones that constantly help capture, isolate, and reduce environmental noise, while also ensuring vocals are picked up with crystal clarity.

On the usability front, the earphones boast of an impressive 24-hour usage (along with the case) with ANC turned off, or 20 hours with ANC turned on – that means you probably realistically need to charge your NeoBuds Pro once every 4-ish days. The NeoBuds Pro are IP54 dust and waterproof too, making them perfect for wearing outdoors even in bad weather, and the wide selection of silicone ear-tips means your earphones won’t fall out as you jog. In fact, Edifier even says the silicone ear-tips are designed to be germ-proof too, and can maintain a sanitation rate of up to 99.8%.

The NeoBuds Pro come along with Edifier’s smartphone app that gives you the kind of control over your sound that even Apple and Sony don’t. You can choose from four sound modes: High/Low ANC, Ambient Sound, or Standard, or even adjust your listening preferences by customizing the EQ and other parameters. Moreover, you can even adjust the audio quality based on your connection and data plan, opting for a hi-res on WiFi and a medium-to-low res when you’re on cellular data. The Edifier app is available for both Android and iOS devices, and even while the LHDC codec is still in the process of catching traction, the NeoBuds also supports the AAC and SBC codecs that are found on practically every smartphone.

Edifier’s NeoBuds Pro begins shipping as early as August 2021. They sport a surprisingly competitive price tag at just $99, and come along with the charging case, a USB-C charging cable, 7 pairs of antibacterial ear-tips to choose from, and a chance to win some of Edifier’s more audiophile-grade music equipment by referring a friend!

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With its absurdly cool sci-fi-inspired design, the GravaStar Sirius Pro may be the sexiest TWS Earbuds ever made

I personally hold Steve Jobs accountable for ruining the word ‘Sleek’. It’s now used to describe every single thing we see, especially in consumer technology, where if it isn’t sleek, it isn’t worth marketing. In a world where everything’s designed to look slim, have plain, flat surfaces, and look quite like an alien designed it, the GravaStar Sirius Pro TWS Earbuds stand out for the fact that they embody a rugged, robust, cool design, while still being compact. The earbuds and their accompanying case have an almost ‘industrial’ coolness to them like they were designed by a sci-fi-driven future. Oh, and if that wasn’t ruggedly cool enough, the case even doubles up as a bottle opener… making these the first headphones to also be able to crack open a brewski. Cool.

Designer: GravaStar

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The fact that they’re designed to look like a prop out of Ghost in the Shell or Fallout isn’t entirely accidental… GravaStar’s known to make some absurdly futuristic products – you should check out their Mars and Venus Bluetooth speakers! The Sirius Pro follows that brand ethos by being unconventionally sci-fi, while serving as pretty great earbuds too. They come with an enhanced bass response, boast Environmental Noise Canceling, and actually have an incredibly low latency of 65ms that’s perfect for gaming. When not in use, they sit inside a rather unconventionally designed case, with a cutout running right through the middle, and a bare-basics cage-like lid that secures the earbuds in place without concealing them.

The hollow cutout in the center of the case breaks the monotony of most TWS earbuds with their monolithic cases. The GravaStar Sirius Pro’s case boasts of a strangely alluring and unusual design, outlining the earbud chamber on the top, and the battery pack and circuitry at the bottom.

The hollow area in the center makes the GravaStar Sirius Pro’s case a perfect fidget toy, while also serving as a rather nifty bottle opener, combining consumer audio tech with a crazy EDC function that a lot of people will appreciate. The fact that your earphones can also open a drink is just something nobody thought they’d need but will almost certainly always keep using.

Once you look past its eye-catching design, the Sirius Pro pack quite a punch as far as the tech specs are considered too. The 7.2mm dynamic drivers sit on a Knowles balanced armature, delivering distortion-free highs along with full lows and mids.

The earbuds also have built-in ENC that help minimize any environmental noise (you know, for more immersive listening and gaming), and do everything you’d expect from a TWS earbud, like accept/reject calls, play/pause music, increase/decrease volume, and summon your phone’s voice assistant. Additionally, the earbuds have in-ear detection too and can be used independently.

The GravaStar Sirius Pro’s case comes made from a tough zinc alloy which makes it damage-proof and scratch-resistant, not only upping the product’s durability, but also allowing that bottle-opener to function immaculately every single time. The earbuds themselves are IPX5 waterproof and along with the charging case, have a battery life of up to 24 hours. As far as colors go, the Sirius Pro do much more than just plain white or black. Taking cues from its gaming inspiration, the Sirius Pro come in 3 colors – war-damaged grey, space grey, and a rather funky neon green. Couple that with the fact that the case even has an LED strip with 6 dynamic RGB lights and you’ve got a pair of earbuds that are undeniably some of the most unconventionally sexy-looking ‘buds on the market. Speaking of bud, someone pass me a beer!

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These Japanese watchmakers are challenging the luxury watch industry with affordable Skeleton Tourbillon watches

A good skeleton tourbillon watch can cost as much as a small yacht… ZEROOTIME’s watches, on the other hand, look just as luxurious, but at 1/100th the price.

The Tourbillon has a pretty interesting history. Invented more than 200 years ago by Abraham-Louis Breguet, a Parisian watchmaker, the tourbillon’s purpose was to fight off the pesky effects of gravity on a pocket watch’s intricate movement. Given that pocket watches were often in one of two positions (vertical in a pocket or horizontal on a surface), their delicate inner mechanisms would suffer from unilateral drag caused by the earth’s pull. To circumvent this, Breguet devised a small cage in which to mount the most important components – the escapement and balance wheel – and had it constantly rotate so as to negate positional errors. He called it a “tourbillon”, meaning “whirlwind” in French, and earned a patent for it in 1801.

Designer: SYUU

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Today, however, the term Tourbillon is relegated to the most luxurious of brands. Given its incredibly ornamental nature (and its immensely intricate construction), luxury brands often charge a ‘premium’ for adding tourbillons to their timepieces; often hundreds of times more than what the timepiece should actually cost. The watchmakers at Japan-based ZEROOTIME are challenging that notion with their affordable Skeleton Tourbillon Watches. By relying on crowdfunding (where you circumvent barriers like retail costs, brand markups, showroom fees, expensive exhibitions) and delivering to-order watches directly to passionate consumers, ZEROOTIME’s been able to make and sell watches at their ‘true cost’. Their 2020 series, titled The Archer, comes in two styles, the T1 Alpha with its circular body, and the T2 Square, sporting a square body. Both watches boast of an elegantly bare skeleton-design that lets you see the artistry underneath the dial. The watches showcase the tourbillons at the 9 o’clock position (which is rather rare, given most watches prefer to put it at the 6 o’clock position) and have double-springs located at 1 o’clock and 5 o’clock positions, giving the watch a power reserve of 72 hours.

ZEROOTIME T1 Alpha Archer Watch

ZEROOTIME T2 Square Archer Watch

In the pursuit of creating a watch that’s as skeletal as possible, the Archer series boasts a transparent rim around the watches too. The case, with its sparingly minimal design, comes made from 316L Stainless Steel, and is capped on the top and bottom with Sapphire Crystal displays that let you observe the tourbillon’s choreographed dance. The rim of the watch sports a crystal glass ring too, letting you see the movement from the side too, giving you an unusual view of the tourbillon that’s rare to come by in watches. Each watch comes with a Nightglow Lumionva coating on the hand as well as the markings around the incredibly slim rim, and when the hand reaches the 3 o’clock position, the skeletal frame and hand look almost like a bow and arrow… leading to the series being fittingly named ‘Archer’.

The two watches within the Archer series are limited to just 500 units each. This helps the watchmakers at Zerootime plan their supply chain like clockwork (for the lack of a better term!) and allows them to narrow the cost of each watch down to the exact dollar needed to keep the company in the green while allowing patrons to receive high-quality Japanese-built timepieces. The circular and square-shaped watches come in two styles – a silver skeleton-body matched with a blue handmade leather strap, and a golden skeleton body complemented by a black handmade leather strap. With a $2,000 price tag, the Archer series are probably the most reasonably (or rather, fairly) priced Skeleton Tourbillon watches. Each watch even comes with a 2-year warranty and sits upon a leather cushion inside its premium wooden case (with beautiful Rolls-Royce-inspired doors) that also doubles as the warranty certificate.

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Can we do better than masks in the future? This helmet-inspired PPE sits comfortably on your head and gives you 99.99% pure air

There’s no feeling worse than relaxing the mask mandate only to revisit it again in a couple of months. A full 16 months later, masks still suck, and even the ones with the fans inside them don’t seem to even be half as comfortable as not wearing a mask… so the folks at Seguro decided the best way to design a face mask was to not design one at all.

Meet the Airsafe, a personal wearable air-purifier that models itself on a helmet instead of a face mask. It rests comfortably on your head, with a visor shielding your face on the front, and a purifier sending fresh air in from the back. There’s no elastic strap around your ear, no fabric pressed against your mouth, and no chance of your nose getting pinched because your spectacles and mask don’t go well together. The Airsafe puts you in a protective bubble of sorts, allowing you to go about your day as you breathe fresh air, smile at people, with something as socially acceptable as a helmet on your head.

Designer: Ron Fajardo

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The Airsafe comes in two variants that address two specific problems. The full-face variant is an alternative to the N95 face mask + face shield. It guards your entire face with a clear visor, along with a padded fabric seal around the lower half of your face to prevent air leakage.

The air you breathe filters in through a HEPA filter at the back, powered by a fan that pushes 99.99% fresh air in through hidden channels directly to your nose and mouth, so you never feel stuffy or suffocated. It creates a clean, safe breathing environment that serves as an alternative to traditional PPE, working well in the pandemic but also serving beyond by allowing you to breathe clean air in polluted cities or even in dusty workshops where you’d commonly wear a mask. The HEPA filters are replaceable, allowing you to swap filters out when they get dirty, and the innovative fabric Gaiterseal around the lower half of your face is removable, washable, and creates an anti-microbial seal that prevents the intrusion of pathogens.

The half-shield Airsafe looks and feels a lot like a half-helmet. The visor doesn’t cover your entire face, but shields just the eyes. Designed more for people with allergies to dust and pollen, the half-shield Airsafe helps provide clean air to you without necessarily creating that air-tight seal around your face.

Both of AirSafe’s variants are made from a plastic outer shell, are padded on the insides, and weigh under 2lbs – so they sit comfortably on your head, allowing you to wear them for hours. An internal battery powers the Airsafe for up to 7 hours on a full charge, and a nifty USB-C port on the back lets you easily charge your mask/helmet. Overall, the Airsafe provides a safer, more comfortable, and future-proof alternative to the face mask. It’s designed and styled to look like a helmet (although fair warning, it isn’t an alternative to a protective helmet), so you can wear it rather comfortably outdoors, or possibly even indoors too – you’ll definitely look more futuristic!

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