If you are the type of person who likes to stay connected while you workout but don’t fancy carrying around your smartphone, a new gadget recently launched on Kickstarter may peak your interest.
The Vinci 2.0 are much more than your run-of-the-mill headphones. Featuring a Quad-Core ARM Cortex A-7 processor and WiFi, 3G cellular and Bluetooth connectivity, you can ask these lightweight buds to make a call, send a text message, set a reminder, or give you directions. With support for over 20 languages they are fully integrated with Amazon Alexa so can function as your all-day assistant. The headphones are completely standalone so no phone is needed.
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For music on the go, there is up to 32GB (8GB is standard) of local music storage. The headphones integrate with Spotify, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, and KKBOX, with a library of over 42 million songs. Voice control allows you to request songs, or perhaps you prefer to let Vinci recommend a song for you.
But that’s not all. Vinci has over 10 built-in sensors to keep tabs on your fitness data including steps, distance, heart rate and more. You’ll even get smart coaching in your ears and personalised workouts with real-time song recommendations.
“We designed these headphones to completely integrate and improve people’s music listening experience” says David Zhu, CEO/Co-founder of Vinci.
“We envision Vinci transforming not only the way people listen to music, but also the way people interact with the world while listening to music. With just a tap or voice command, people will be able to check the weather, get directions, or order a car all through their headphones, making this the easiest on-the-go listening experience — no smartphone needed.”
Features are easy to use through Vinci’s voice and gesture control interface. Active noise cancelling modes adapt to surrounding and you can select up to eight scenarios. These are also the first buds to feature a bone conduction microphone so you can give voice commands and not worry about surrounding noise.
The project is doing very well on Kickstarter. With 45 days to go it has smashed through its $20,000 goal and is now up to nearly $400,000. Delivery to backers is expected in the spring.
Price: $79 and up
$386,135 raised out of $20,000 goal
45 days to go
Estimated delivery: March 2018