Human Inc’s Headphones: Experimentally Fashionable

As technology shrinks, the wireless headphone market is starting to show signs of flourish.

With the dust barely settled on the recent announcement of Apple’s AirPods there is already a new player on the block confidently tempting consumers to adopt Sound.

‘Sound’ is beautifully minimalist ear muffs developed by Human. By assembling a team of engineers and designers from companies like Microsoft®, Amazon®, and Google®, Sound promises to bring a different kind of audio technology to life. Offering a fresh design that successfully combines multiple industry-bending functions, Sound has been designed with technology born out of the observation. The end product is all about significant technological advances dressed up in a stylish new design.

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Acting as an extension of your body, Sound’s features transcend the everyday headphone. Securely attaching themselves to your ear, Sound has no buttons, instead the device is all about a natural movement. It also has swiping gestures that assist in controlling the entire listening experience. Other features include being able to store the device easily by magnetically combining the two earphones together. Also being able to turn on the device and play audio by pulling the earphones apart and placing them on their ears, and audio automatically pauses by removing the device from the listeners’ ears and reuniting the earphones. Our favorite feature is that you are able to play music, pause tracks, skip forward, adjust volume, answer phone calls, and pair with your preferred Bluetooth device by simply touching the outer surface of the earphone.

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In addition, the device, which charges on an induction charging station,  combines three additional features into one system:

  • Social™ – Enjoy the same audio with multiple individuals, simultaneously. Social creates a new level of audio sharing by allowing listeners to selectively distribute and enjoy their audio with others.
  • Fade™ – Block out the noise of your surrounding environment or increase it. Fade activates an ambient noise system to diminish external sounds, and this feature also utilizes a microphone embedded within the hardware to increase the volume of the listener’s surroundings via an intuitive touch command.
  • Amplify™ – Turn Sound into a loudspeaker by placing both earphones together. Amplify creates a louder and richer sound than current mobile handset speakers and many Bluetooth® offerings. The feature also allows multiple units to unite under one audio source, creating a room-filling sound.

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Since launching its campaign on Indiegogo, a crowdfunding site known for helping young technology companies boot strap their growth, Sound has so far managed to raise $263,251 USD courtesy of 1188 backers. With a month still to go, Human has surpassed its original goal of $150k by 176%. For those interested in backing their campaign, Human has thrown a little something extra to sweeten your order. Available to a limited number of people, Human is offering pre-order customers the opportunity to beta test the following additional features:

  • Speak™ – Experience conversational, instantaneous language translation, thanks to Sound’s language translation system.
  • Active™ – In and around the ear, there’s an opportunity for advanced biometric monitoring. Active will take biometric tracking to the next level.
  • Sleep™ – The natural fit of Sound makes it possible for users to comfortably fall asleep wearing the device. Enjoy REM-assist rhythms, track sleep cycles in low-power mode, and be gently waken via your preferred playlists.

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On the product, Co-Founder, CEO and CTO Ben Willis shared:“We are humbled and thrilled to open the Sound Program for pre-orders through the IndieGogo® platform. The notion of what makes an advanced audio device is about to drastically change.” Joe Dieter, Co-Founder and CMO added, “The future of audio is more than wireless headphones. The industry has been playing it safe and only inching forward its consumer audio offerings. Human is taking a big step forward by creating a new category of communication and audio that transcends headphones altogether with an evolved design and a dynamic suite of features.”

Human is all about creating people-empowering technologies that are purpose-driven, so it won’t come as a surprise if their audio communication technology “Sound” ends up being the bridge between technology and humanity .

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