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