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Why Hearables Will Overshadow Wearables

By: Paul Harrison Updated: 22nd November 2019 in: Latest News, Articles
Why Hearables Will Overshadow Wearables

Our ears continue to be the most common place for wearables to reside – due to smart and clever headphone and hearable concepts available to us.  Here we discuss the two main tech heroes of 2019/2020.

The hearables concept has pretty much exploded onto the scene and confirms the need and want for fitness, personal and language assistants.  Offering advanced technology that’s void of bulk, weight and the sort of clumsy nature of a bygone time – now considered retro and impractical.

The most recent examples give you access to control what you want to hear and ultimately what you pay attention to.  Tailor making and optimising sound that is just as unique as you.  The future of how we use, and wear technology constantly changes and brings a lighter, more powerful and more intelligent tomorrow.

Apple

The industry’s finest hearable of today’s world is Apple’s AirPod Pro, which launched late last month.  There is no doubt that Apple are already focusing on its predecessor – one that’s more intelligent and sophisticated.  But for now, here is a breakdown of what we already know about this model.

  • Includes ‘Noise Cancellation’ for total concentrated sound that adjusts 200 times per second.  These are currently the only hearables offering this feature.  There are external microphones that monitor external sound.  The ‘Anti-Noise’ eradicates the outside sound, so there is no distraction from what you want to hear.  The internal microphones cancel unwanted sound from inside your ears, for true focus on sound.
  • The ‘Transparency Mode’ offers involvement in your environment, or you can press the ends of the pods to allow in natural sound around you.
  • There are silicone sleeves, so you gain from a tailored and more comfortable fit.  This creates less pressure on your ears and the hearables remain secure.  There are three sizes of silicone sleeves to choose from.
  • Up to 5 hours battery life
  • Sweat and water resistant (IPX4)
  • Bluetooth capability
  • Completely wireless
  • Connects to all iPhone/Apple devices
  • Rechargeable

Google

Google’s Pixel Buds were introduced at their product showcase earlier this year.  It was obvious then that their bigger picture was that of voice and AI advancements.  Even though this model is set to launch next spring, here are a few features we know to be included.

  • Completely wireless
  • Small design
  • Lightweight
  • 5 hours battery life
  • Includes microphones that know when you are talking and need to concentrate, and background noise stays in the background – when making calls.
  • Hands free help with Google Assist
  • Bluetooth capability
  • ‘Dynamic Speaker Drivers’ for high quality audio
  • Touch volume control
  • Voice activated playlist
  • Language translator
  • Available in different colours

We predict that hearables will overshadow wearables, as the main pull of wearables is the fitness tracker.  The ability to monitor our movements, activity and heartbeat has appealed to most.  Hearables can do all that and will be able to observe our mental health.  In fact, unlike wearables, hearables are considered to be less intrusive and offer more gratification to the user - with complete control of connecting to the world, smartphones and other devices.

This hybrid technology mixes the benefits of wearable technology and performance.  It constantly gathers information about the consumer's behaviour and then provides them with a real-time insight.  A form of healthable intelligence with virtual assistance that successfully competes with wearables - as well as influencing the health care industry.

Here is a breakdown of how hearables are opening up a new platform for health care:

  • Detects any falls
  • Measures heart rate
  • Includes activity trackers
  • Measures body temperature
  • Offers a virtual assistant service

While I wrote all the above bullets points it reminded me of the Starkey Livio AI - the hearing aid that tracks your brain and body health, detects falls and alerts someone about it and has a virtual assistant called 'Thrive'.  Their answer to advanced healthable technology and no doubt the start of things to come. 

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