Game changing wireless earbuds are nearly here

Game changing wireless earbuds are nearly here

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Wireless headphones have been around for a fairly long time now. Bluetooth headsets, wireless headphones for the home, and the ones that come with the cable around the back of your neck. But there hasn’t been that breakthrough or new tech that’s really took off, however, a successful Kickstarter campaign from March 2014 for The Dash wireless earbuds could be the game changer and they’re nearly here.

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German startup company Bragi received almost $3.5 million from 16,000 backers on Kickstarter, quite the margin from its initial target goal of $260,000. Not only have this things done away with the pesky headphone wires, you can even wear them swimming and listen to your favourite tunes as they are waterproof.

They come in the form of two separate earbuds with touch control, 3.5-hours battery life, 4GB of onboard storage and a self-contained media player. They’re pretty read to get you fit too packed with sensors like an accelerometer, heart rate monitor and an oxygen saturation sensor. On a jog you can control your music playlists with the right bud and check your average speed, heart rate and set training programs with the left bud.

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The touch sensitive area allows for tapping, hold and slide, and slide gestures which can be changed to your preferred commands. They have impressive noise cancelling capabilities, but if you’d rather allow ambient sound through, such as traffic. All of which can be controlled through the accompanying smartphone app.

Bragi spent two years producing the buds using ear molds from hearing aid companies and by all accounts they’re pretty comfortable and fit pretty stable too. Engadget’s James Trew said,”My attempts at jumping up and down in the Sands exhibition center were met with bemused looks by those passing, but the headphones didn’t budge.

Seaon O’Kane from the Verge also got an exclusive look saying ,”The seal and the friction from the rubber keep the buds in place and are surprisingly comfortable, and they’re light enough that they don’t feel like they would pull themselves out.”

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The Dash’s built-in accelerometer allows you to control it through gestures. You could set it to tell you the weather forecast if you tilt your head up, or decide to answer or reject a call by nodding your head. They’re pretty much two computers in your ears and there’s even talks of developing live translation so you can speak to anyone on your travels (if you can repeat the foreign language well enough that is).

You can pre-order The Dash from Bragi for $299 in Europe and it comes with a neat carry case that can charge them 5 times over on the go. They are expected to start shipping in April this year.