BOSE SLEEP­BUDS

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The noise-mask­ing ear­phones Bose crowd-funded via Idiegogo back in 2017 are now avail­able for sale as a com­mer­cial prod­uct… but they don’t play mu­sic, just noise. Bose’s ‘Sleep­buds’ are wire­less ear­phones de­signed to be worn while sleep­ing. They don’t play mu­sic though. In­stead, ten dif­fer­ent sounds are stored in flash me­mory so you can choose a sound to be play­ing while you’re asleep. Sounds (Bose calls them ‘Sleep­tracks’) in­clude ocean swell, rain, a wa­ter­fall, wind, and ‘night’ sounds as well as other op­tions—such as brown noise—all of which are de­signed to mask sounds you don’t want to hear, such as the snor­ing of a part­ner, or noise from pass­ing traf­fic. Although these sounds de­fault to con­tin­u­ous play, you can have them turn off af­ter a pre­set pe­riod of time if you’d pre­fer.

‘ Noise-mask­ing is a sci­ence,’ says Daniel Lee, of Bose. ‘ It’s more than am­bi­ent sound or white noise. You can’t achieve it by sim­ply turn­ing up the vol­ume on calm­ing songs. At night, you’re try­ing to shut down com­pletely, and the world is nat­u­rally qui­eter, so even the slight­est sound seems loud. Bed­side ma­chines can’t cover it, earplugs can’t block it, and ear­buds meant for sit­ting, stand­ing, or mov­ing can’t be worn for hours ly­ing down—es­pe­cially on your side. But Bose Sleep­buds can. And if you’re some­one who’s tried ev­ery­thing and noth­ing’s worked, or haven’t tried any­thing be­liev­ing noth­ing will, we made them for you.’ Although Bose makes no men­tion of it, we as­sume that tin­ni­tus suf­fer­ers who have found that us­ing mask­ing noise makes their tin­ni­tus less ob­vi­ous will be in­ter­ested in us­ing the Sleep­buds for this pur­pose. Bose says of the de­sign of the Sleep­buds: ‘ ev­ery last de­tail was op­ti­mised for one thing—bet­ter sleep, all night, ev­ery night.’

Each Sleep­bud weighs 1.4 grams and is ap­prox­i­mately 10mm in di­am­e­ter. A laser-etched an­tenna on the ex­te­rior en­ables wire­less con­nec­tion to a phone or tablet loaded with the Bose Sleep­bud App to con­trol and pro­gram the sounds pre-loaded in flash me­mory.

You can also use the App to set an alarm to wake you in the morn­ing— which will have the ad­van­tage that your sleep­ing part­ner won’t be able to hear your alarm. The recharge­able sil­ver-zinc bat­tery that pow­ers the Sleep­buds will pro­vide up to 16 hours of play­back be­fore need­ing to be recharged, which is ac­com­plished by putting the Sleep­buds in their charg­ing/stor­age case. To use the App, your phone or tablet needs to sup­port Blue­tooth Low En­ergy, (Ap­ple de­vices with iOS 10 or later and most de­vices with An­droid 5.0 and later). Avail­able only in a high­gloss white fin­ish, the Bose Sleep­buds sell for $379 (RRP).

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Bose Aus­tralia on 1800 023 367 or visit the web­site at www.bose.com.au

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