There comes a time in every adult’s life when she has to face the important facts about life: most headphones will not stay in your ears during a good workout. What’s worse, they will probably rip out of your ears right in the middle of your final rep, lap, max lift, or whenever it’s least convenient.
If your workout were a movie, it would be the story of you shoving your earbuds into your ear canals until it hurt. (Terrible plot, by the way.)
Eight brands aim to change the story of your workouts with completely wireless ear buds. You won’t be wired to AN-Y-THING. It’s a whole new movie.
Think of this like the perfect mash-up of the best Bluetooth headphones and those little hearing aids that seat way into the user’s ear.
Speaking of plotlines, this technology is about as exciting as when movies became talkies, back when they added sound to silent films. Hard to imagine that was once a breakthrough technology.
The best part? This isn’t the future. It’s happening now.
A quick note before we get into this. You can go to Amazon to find earbuds like Simger Beats along with a few other off-brand earbuds that claim to work well. Like most off-brand technologies online, caveat emptor or buyer beware. Our list is a different level of development.
One more quick note, this technology is still being hammered out. There are limitations with Bluetooth and the human body, especially when you bury that technology inside the ear. In short, the two mix like mosquitos and spider webs.
Most of these companies claim that they have figured out the ear drum conundrum, but time will tell how these stories pan out.
Now playing in ears everywhere…
The Bragi team may have bitten off more than they can chew. These earbuds do more than play your favorite playlist. They’ve also embedded fitness tracker technologies, hoping to streamline your wearable wardrobe. The early reviews are hopeful, but honest reviews point out that the sounds will cut out from time to time. Bragg claims these are software issues, they can solve with time.
These earbuds promise to do more than just pump the workout jams. They promise to do it with style, without falling out. Customized for your ears, you may remember Ownphones from this article. For your own pair of Ownphones, you simple scan your ear canal using their app, then send it to them with your order. From that scan they manufacture and send you, custom fitted earbuds. At present, they offer three models.
Simple enough, the Earin solution is ear buds with no frills. There are no flashing lights, fitness trackers or fancy shells for Earin’s buds. In fact, of these three, they are the lowest profile option. Don’t expect to buy these from the manufacturer’s site, though. They are only available from retailers at this point. Best Buy is your option in the United States.
Similar to Earin’s product, the Kanoa earbuds don’t plan to do anything but stay put and play good tunes. Where the Earin’s come with different-sized foam tips, similar to what we’ve seen from headphones for a while, the Kanoa buds have different sized and shaped silicone jackets to customize your fit. They are only in the initial rollout of their product, so buying them will mean getting in the pre-order line.
If you don’t mind a larger than normal earbud in your ear, and you would prefer to go with a brand you recognize, then Onkyo may be the way to go. The Onkyos promise to work like any stereo Bluetooth headset, with a mic and superior sound. Reviews online are not so promising.
Coming soon to an ear near you…
One Size fits all, guaranteed not to fall out. In fact, the Phazon team claims you can wear these earbuds when you swim, when you box or when you do just about anything. They’re highly water resistant, durable, but still not available for purchase. Stay tuned to their Indiegogo campaign to keep abreast of release dates.
Samsung Icon X
Recently leaked here, the Samsung Icon X is officially not an official product. The article by wareable.com comes complete with photos and speculation about how these will work, which is reported to be similar to the Bragi Dash earbuds. Since the crew at Samsung is probably not thrilled about the leak, they won’t be saying anything official yet.
Only available via the Kickstarter campaign, these earbuds from United Sciences claim they will be the world’s first 3d printed, noise canceling, custom-fit Bluetooth headphones with brain & biometric sensing. Oh yeah, and they will come with activity and sleep trackers, no biggie. Talk about big shoes to fill, but with a name like United Sciences, they should be fine. These guys work in aerospace technology.
Like sound added to movies, this minor shift in wearable technology is going to change your workouts forever. Your children will listen to you spin tales of wires and workouts, when life was not so easy.
Of course, by then we’ll probably just implant the speakers into our ears.