Your New Best Buds

4 SMART, WIRE­LESS EAR­PHONES FOR JAMMING ON THE GO

iPhone Life Magazine - - Great Gear - BY BRIAN FAULKNER

From smart­watches that mea­sure your heart­beat to fit­ness bracelets that re­mind you to work off that dough­nut you ate for break­fast, it's clear that wear­able tech­nol­ogy is a trend that con­tin­ues to take us by sur­prise with its in­no­va­tions—and ear­buds are no ex­cep­tion! The fol­low­ing four wire­less ear­buds are some of the most cut­ting-edge de­signs en­ter­ing the mar­ket this year, many of which have got­ten their start on the popular crowd­fund­ing plat­form Kick­starter. All four uti­lize Blue­tooth tech­nol­ogy to connect to your de­vices, free­ing you from tan­gled wires and pro­vid­ing qual­ity au­dio for the ac­tive au­dio­phile. Whichever of the fol­low­ing prod­ucts you choose, you will surely stand out. Bragi The Dash ($299, ships May 2015)

There's a rea­son why th­ese smart, touch-en­abled ear­buds by Bragi re­ceived the 2015 CES In­no­va­tion Award. While The Dash can connect to your iPhone via Blue­tooth like any other wire­less head­phones, they can also stand alone, thanks to 4 gi­ga­bytes of in­ter­nal stor­age that can hold up to 1,000 songs. They also dou­ble as an ac­tiv­ity tracker, con­tain­ing sen­sors that mon­i­tor your heart rate, oxy­gen sat­u­ra­tion, dis­tance trav­eled, and cadence. The ac­com­pa­ny­ing Bragi iPhone app dis­plays your fit­ness data and lets you do things like set ex­er­cise goals or ad­just how much am­bi­ent sound you wish to hear. The Dash has a rather short three hours of play time, but comes with a com­pact charg­ing case to rem­edy the sit­u­a­tion. The ear­buds weigh only 13.8 grams and fea­ture a wa­ter­proof de­sign, a touch­pad, and scal­able noise iso­la­tion that lets you ad­just how much out­side sound you want to hear. OwnPhones ($249–$349, ships June 2015)

Although the Ownphones don't have quite as many fea­tures as The Dash, they make up for it in orig­i­nal­ity. Us­ing the Ownphones app on your phone, you record a video of your ear and Ownphones con­verts the footage to 3D data to pro­duce 3D-printed buds built specif­i­cally to fit your ears. They come in a plethora of de­signs, from sim­ple and col­or­ful to jew­elry in­spired. An­other key fea­ture is voice con­trol, which works with Siri. In mono mode, you can lis­ten to mu­sic with one ear­bud while leav­ing your other ear free to hear on­com­ing traf­fic, and you can use the app to choose which sounds you'd like to fil­ter through. The Ownphones pro­vide 4–6 hours of play­back (ex­ceed­ing The Dash), in­clude a charg­ing case, and can stay on standby for 140 hours.

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