With a portable media system in our pockets, listening to music on the go has become a staple part of our day. Light, compact and easy to store, Earbuds are the choice of the traveler. But you’ve still got to deal with the ever so constant cable entanglement: even though wireless earphones are freely available on the market, they aren’t truly wireless – there’s always the cable that connects the left to the right, or the one that connects you to the receiver.
A team of former Sony Ericsson and Nokia engineers are about to make your music listening experience more elegant. Led by mechanical and design engineer Olle Lindén, the team managed to create two miniscule, music-dedicated buds with independent batteries and AptX-compatible wireless receivers by losing the connecting cable and headset mic. This is the Earin.
Claimed to be the world’s smallest wireless earbud, the Earins are true to their name. Fitted with a balanced armature speaker which helps achieve higher outputs with much more energy efficiency while keeping size to a minimum, the Earin buds weigh 5g and feature a plastic casing with a silicon tip on the end that is designed to create a snug, noise-isolating fit inside the ear.
Measuring 14 mm in diameter and 20 mm in length, they are a similar size to your typical earbuds and use Bluetooth 3.0 and 4.0 to wirelessly stream audio from a paired device. AptX support allows for superior stereo quality.
The Earin runs on 50 mAh rechargeable Li-Ion batteries, giving you roughly three hours of listening time with each charge cycle. The storage capsule comes fitted with a 100 mAh Li-Ion battery allowing it to double up as a charging dock when the earbuds are placed inside. The capsule weighs 25g and is recharged via a USB cable.
While most would argue the that earbuds can easily be shaken loose by bumpy bus rides or intense running, the Earin comes with a “Concha lock” made from silicon which, when fitted to the earbuds, uses a wing nestled along the inner ear to create a more secure fit. You also get three foam tips for different ear sizes.
Where is uberheadphone? On Kickstarter, for early pledges of £99/ $168. With functioning prototypes already developed, the team has taken to crowdfunding to raise money for commercial production and hope to begin shipping in January 2015.