A new piece of technology that was just released on Kickstarter might pique your curiosity if you are the kind of person who likes to stay connected when they exercise but doesn’t particularly enjoy carrying around their smartphone.
The Vinci 2.0 are not your average pair of headphones; they are much more than that. You can ask these lightweight buds, which have a Quad-Core ARM Cortex A-7 CPU and connections via WiFi, 3G cellular, and Bluetooth, to make a call, send a text message, set a reminder, or give you directions. You can even ask them to create a reminder for you. They support over 20 different languages, and as they are fully linked with Amazon Alexa, they are able to serve as your assistant throughout the day. The headphones may function without the need for a phone, as they are totally self-contained.
There is local music storage available of up to 32 gigabytes, with 8 gigabytes being the normal amount. These headphones are compatible with music streaming services such as Spotify, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, and KKBOX, which together have a combined library of more than 42 million songs. Voice control gives you the ability to request specific songs, but you can even ask Vinci to suggest one for you if you’d rather.
But that’s not the end of it. Vinci includes more than ten built-in sensors that can monitor various aspects of your fitness, such as the number of steps you take, the distance you go, and your heart rate. You will also receive intelligent coaching directly into your ears, as well as personalized workouts with real-time song selections.
According to David Zhu, CEO and Co-founder of Vinci, who also designed these headphones, “We designed these headphones to completely integrate and improve people’s music listening experiences.”
“We imagine that Vinci will not only change the way people listen to music but also the way people engage with the outside world when they are listening to music.” People will be able to check the weather, receive directions, or order a car all through their headphones with just a tap or voice command, making this the easiest on-the-go listening experience possible – no smartphone required.
The interface that Vinci employs for voice and gesture control makes its features very straightforward to utilize. The active noise cancellation modes adjust to the environment, and you can choose from as many as eight different circumstances. These are also the first buds on the market that have a bone conduction microphone, which enables the user to provide voice commands without being distracted by ambient noise.
On Kickstarter, the project is garnering a lot of support and funding. It has exceeded its goal of $20,000 with 45 days left to go, and the total amount raised is currently about $400,000. It is anticipated that backers will receive their rewards in the spring.
The price range is $79 and more.