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The World’s First Smart In-Ear Headphones Are Here

February 15, 2014  |  11:00am
The World’s First Smart In-Ear Headphones Are Here

Dash is the world’s first set of smart earphones, developed by German company Bragi.

These aren’t your standard noise isolation earphones—they’re made to both entertain and look out for your health in equal measure.

The wireless ear buds communicate with your phone via Bluetooth and track your performance and body’s status, all in real time. Dash monitors your heart rate, oxygen saturation and energy spent while also keeping tabs on your speed, timing, distance travelled and cadence, giving the wearer some well-rounded stats on their performance and their health.

According to designer Arne Loermann, everything about Dash’s design is about freedom of movement with no wires and a 100 mAh battery for lengthy jaunts. The designers examined hundreds of different ear shapes so as to come up with the most effective earphone possible where comfort isn’t sacrificed for audio quality and vice versa. The end result is three differently shaped silicon sleeves to appeal to different wearers.

Of course, Dash still serves as normal earphones for listening to music, enabled wirelessly through your phone and Bragi’s accompanying app, but if you ever forget your phone for some reason or don’t like exercising with it in your pocket, the Dash includes a 4GB integrated music player.

The earphones include a simple means of blocking out all noise with its noise isolation function but more importantly, the user can still allow ambient noises to come through, which is particularly handy when listening to music but still needing to remain aware of your surroundings and furthermore, it allows you to record your own voice.

Dash isn’t limited to exercising either, as the developers explain; it can be adapted to multiple uses such as a presentation prompter or even in the hospital setting for recording notes or communicating with staff.

Bragi launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the tooling and manufacturing costs that were ahead of them. They set a hefty goal of $260,000 but with over a month left, they have already smashed that goal and received over $1 million worth of pledges. Dash will now be funded on March 31 when the campaign expires and the developers have Danish Olympic triathlete Helle Frederiken endorsing their product for good measure.

Now with the project more than funded, Bragi is on track to hit full scale production by the end of the year.

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