Other than comfort, sound quality, aesthetic value, and a few nifty features here and there, it’s safe to say headphone technology hasn’t seen many changes during the past few decades. So when Glow, LLC, a San Francisco-based tech company, launched a Kickstarter page for their unique set of earphones, they literally unleashed a bright new feature that turned quite a number of heads online.
Glow headphones, which according to the company are the “first smart headphones with laser light,” are earphones with wires that illuminate and pulse along with your music or the beat of your heart. They make use of “Fibrance,” a thin, light-diffusing fibre made by Corning, which is primarily used for decorative lighting designed to fit in small tight spaces.
The company surpassed their $100,000 goal (receiving over half a million dollars), meaning those who pledged $127 or more to fund the project can get their lighted headphones as early as July of this year, assuming the company successfully manufactures all the units in time. Aside from the unique lighting feature, Glow headphones also boast superior sound quality as they feature dual premium balanced armature drivers that are specially tuned so listeners get to enjoy the crisp highs and lows of their music. The headphones also come with a useful five-way remote with a mic, which you can use to control music tracks, answer phone calls, access voice controls, and more.
The Glow’s integrated heart rate sensor, though not yet a final feature (the Kickstarter project needed to hit the $1 million mark to make it a reality), makes use of a pulse oximeter to estimate the user’s heart rate. Though this might not accurately sync with heartbeats, this is a unique feature nonetheless, especially for those who like exercising while listening to music, as looking at pulsing lights is much more appealing than numbers and symbols of a heart rate monitor.
Many people might see Glow’s features as a gimmick. Nevertheless, it’s a unique, new feature that seems to excite a lot of music lovers, with a few of them even pledging a whopping $4,000 for the full VIP package.
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