Regular readers of shinyshiny will know that we recently covered a story about OwnPhones’ 3D printed earbuds, and now there’s another exciting Kickstarter project underway: FreeWavz wireless, fitness-tracking earphones.
As the first 100% wire-free smart earphones with built-in fitness monitoring, they are useful for all forms of exercise. With runners’ complaints in mind, the smart earphones have been designed by an Ear Nose Throat (ENT) doctor to get a perfect anatomical fit so that they don’t fall out when moving. In-built sensors have the ability to monitor heart rate, oxygen levels in the blood and calories burned, providing real-time audio feedback to allow the user to stay on track with their goals (I wonder if they could provide words of encouragement, too, like an in-ear personal trainer).
They are sleek and lightweight, sweat- and water-resistant, and allow the user to tailor a balance between music and other sounds such as cars approaching. The earphones incorporate Bluetooth technology to connect to smartphones – meaning they simultaneously function as a Bluetooth headset, allowing you to speak commands to your phone or answer phone calls while you’re at it.
The product aims to ‘provide complete freedom from wires, have a naturally perfect fit and deliver the fitness metrics you want, when you want them’.
The devices are available to pre-order from $179 until the Kickstarter ends on 7 August.
By Sadie Hale | July 29th, 2014