Trend: wire­less ear­phones

Wire­less ear­phones are the sound of the fu­ture, squeez­ing get-fit sen­sors in your ear canals

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Blue­tooth your canals with th­ese sporty and cable-free cochlear com­pan­ions

LG HRM EAR­PHONES

How about some wire­less smart buds that you can buy right now? Well, th­ese T3 Hot 100 en­tries have been out in the US since au­tumn if you’re feel­ing im­port-y, though we hope for a lo­cal re­lease soon­ish. With a heart-rate mon­i­tor built in (hence “HRM”), they keep tabs on your oxy­gen con­sump­tion, as well as dis­tance trav­elled and calo­ries burned us­ing a tiny ac­celerom­e­ter. Plug into the

lit­tle clip-on pro­cess­ing hub to send all find­ings via Blue­tooth to the free LGFit­ness app for more de­tailed met­rics that you can lis­ten to while you jog.

US $180, lg.com, out now in us

Bra gi “the Das

h” Ear­buds With US$3.3 mil­lion worth of crowd-funded gold in its cof­fers, Bragi’s smart, wa­ter­proof in-ear head­phones are al­ready an on­line hit – and there’s an aw­ful lot of tech packed inside th­ese 14g Blue­tooth ear­piece de­scen­dents to war­rant

such in­vest­ment. Not only do the buds con­nect to your phone’s mu­sic and calls, they also have a heart-rate mon­i­tor, fit­ness tracker and 4GB stor­age built in to keep tabs on your vi­tals as you run, fling­ing the data to most fit­ness apps.

US $299, bragi.com, out Jan­uary 2015

Earin

Wir eless Ear­buds Sure, there are no fit­ness-track­ing abil­i­ties here, but th­ese ear­phones are still suit­ably smart – and at 5g a piece you may even for­get you’re wear­ing them. Blue­tooth 4.0 con­nec­tiv­ity de­liv­ers mu­sic wire­lessly from most smart­phones or tablets – although a lack of mic means you can’t take calls – while the winged edi­tion has a specif­i­cally tight fit for gym fans. Each bud also has its own recharge­able, three-hour-last­ing lithium-ion bat­tery, with the pic­tured stor­age cap­sule act­ing as a clever on-the-go charger, too.

$175, earin.se, out Jan­uary 2015

FreeWa vz

Th­ese smart, sporty-fit ear­phones also track your work­out via their three-axis ac­celerom­e­ter sys­tem. Sim­ply hit the “Fit­ness” but­ton to in­ter­rupt your wire­lessly con­nected playlists for audio alerts on your progress, such as calo­ries burned, dis­tance trav­elled and min­utes till you can at last throw in the towel. Pair­ing to your phone via Blue­tooth, they also share all of that info with a ded­i­cated app as well. Thank­fully, they’re sweat- and wa­ter-resistant.

US $219, free­wavz.com, out Oc­to­ber

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