Apple patents new bone conduction earbuds
Aug27

Apple patents new bone conduction earbuds

Considering Apple’s ability to provide us a new generation of the same product every year, it’s surprising how little their iconic white earbuds have changed since their inception — until (maybe) now. A patent application published this week describes a plan aiming to improve the quality of voice communications in wireless earbuds through bone conduction. The plan is this: First, a sensor within the actual earbuds will monitor the vibrations in a user’s bone structure by detecting the vibrations of their vocal chords, essentially allowing for a far greater clarity of sound than currently possible. Secondly, internal microphones will detect environmental sound and “combine that information with accelerometer output, battery level and earbud position data,” to eradicate that noise pollution, offering a handy solution to the most common complaint by users of hands-free devices. So the improved earbuds will allow you to hear better in noisy environments while simultaneously allowing others to hear you better, too. This means that Siri will be able to actually understand you, always. Don’t be too excited just yet, though. Apple has been known to file multiple patents yearly, many of which never come to fruition. On the flipside, the company’s continued focus on music has got to mean the perfect earbuds will be in consumers’ ears sooner rather than later, right? Only time will...

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The best headphones for running, swimming, noise cancelling, and more
Aug27

The best headphones for running, swimming, noise cancelling, and more

To find a pair of earbuds or headphones that are comfortable yet don’t compromise on design or sound quality can be quite a feat, and the right device can make a world of difference. Because we know how important (and difficult) finding the right sound-accessory is, we’ve done the research to determine which headphones top the charts. Whether you are a runner, swimmer, or varsity couch potato, breeze through our roundup below to find the best headphones for whatever you’re into — working out or not. Best wireless headphones Bose Soundlink Bose headphones have long since been known known for their comfortable designs and dynamic sound, so it was a natural step for the company to develop a top-notch set of on-ear wireless headphones operable via Bluetooth. Whether you’re an Android or iOS user, the Soundlink headphones feature two microphones to reduce background noise during phone calls, as well as a 15 hour battery life for continuous playback. Sennheiser Urbanite XL If you’re looking for headphones that boasts as many impressive functions as your smartwatch, the Urbanite XL Wireless headphones could be the right wireless choice for you. The wireless Sennheiser headphones feature a “state-of-the-art intuitive touch control panel” on the right ear cup where you can adjust volume and playback. These Bluetooth headphones are capable of connecting to your smartphone, smartwatch, and up to 6 other devices. A simultaneous connection can be maintained with two devices at a time. Finally, Urbanite XL boasts a 25 hour battery life and a convenient collapsible design for a quick stow-and-go.   Best swimming headphones Finis Neptune V2 In-ear headphones, begone! Earbuds aren’t even a part of this waterproof MP3 player’s design. Instead, the Neptune V2 uses bone conduction technology to transmit audio through the cheekbone and right into the inner ear. The device fastens to goggle straps and rests on the side of the face. Quite possibly the most literal pair of headphones we’ve included in this roundup, the Neptune V2 is undoubtedly one of the best swimming devices on the market. The Finish Neptune V2 stores around 1,000 songs or 60 hours of playback and lasts 8 hours on a single charge. You might also like: The best golf wearables to improve your game Best noise cancelling headphones Beats Studio Wireless The Studio Wireless headphones by Beats Electronics continue to revolutionize the way we experience music. Users can listen to music up to 30 feet away thanks to these Bluetooth equipped headphones. By combining the Beats Acoustic Engine and Adaptive Noise Cancelling technology, the Studio Wireless headphones give a completely immersive experience unlike anything other edition Beats has developed thus far. Best headphones for...

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New to the Database: Jabra Rox and Jabra Stealth
Jun13

New to the Database: Jabra Rox and Jabra Stealth

Each Friday, we will alert our readers as to what devices and companies we’ve added to the authoritative Wearables.com Database over the course of the week. This week, we’ve added the Jabra Rox Wireless headphones and the Jabra Stealth headset to the database. Rox Wireless The Jabra Rox Wireless offer immersive sound that can be controlled directly from the earbuds, allowing you to keep your phone in your pocket but control calls and music wirelessly. The Rox Wireless are also weather and dust resistant and feature battery-saving power magnets for easy storage. The Rox Wireless feature NFC pairing functionality in addition to Bluetooth 4.0. Stealth The Jabra Stealth bluetooth headset features HD sound and noise reduction technology. It also features a dedicated voice control button and can be paired to a device via Bluetooth or NFC. The Stealth allows you to stream music, podcasts, or GPS directions wirelessly from your phone. The Jabra Stealth can sustain 6 hours of talk time and 10 days of standby time from a full charge. Jabra is a leader in innovative headset and speakerphone solutions. They specialize in hands-free communication products and offers a range of wireless headset wearables for consumers and business. In 2000 Jabra was acquired by GN Netcom, Inc., and is now a fully owned subsidiary. We’ll see you again next...

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