The 165,000 people who attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last month got to see more than a dozen varieties of new wireless earbuds up close and personal. No one likes fiddling with gear anymore. Whether that's concerns wireless headphones or wireless earbuds. Fuss-free equipment is now a must in a busy, everyday life where you don't have a minute to waste untangling wires in sheer and utter frustration. Fortunately for everyone else, some of these innovative products are now available to consumers or will be very soon.
Here are some of the wireless earbud brands to watch for, followed by one particular newcomer that generated significant buzz at the CES 2017 show:
- Alpha Skybuds: Most earbud manufacturers take a one-size-fits-all approach when producing their product, but not the makers of Alpha Skybuds. This product is one of the few of its kind available in small, medium, and large. They resist water and sweat, making them the ideal workout companion. Alpha Skybuds last up to four hours on a single battery charge and come with a Skydock case that contains up to 24 hours of additional charging time.
- JAM Transit Ultra: Available for shipment in the spring of 2017, the JAM Transit Ultra is a textured earbud similar in size to Alpha Skybuds. They tuck into the user’s ear comfortably and provide three different size options. These earbuds offer three straight hours of play time and come with a carrying case that provides six additional charges.
- PKparis K’asq Sport: This brand is hard to forget with its original name, but they’re the second generation of earbuds in the K’asq family. The PKparis version is currently one of the most affordable on the market. It offers users five hours of continuous playback along with play and pause control buttons on each individual earbud. The recharging case provides an additional 15 hours of play time.
- Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Surround: While most earbuds are only for listening purposes, this brand allows users to capture binaural audio. This is three-dimensional sound that people are accustomed to in everyday life. Each earbud has a built-in microphone that allows users to record 3D sound on their phone and play it back through an app. This can be done with any set of headphone, including those made by Sennheiser. This product should be released sometime after July 1, 2017.
Nuheara’s IQbuds Stole the Show at CES 2017
Every event has a standout, and the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show was no exception. Nuheara’s IQbuds won numerous awards and received an impressive amount of press coverage both during and after the event. PC Magazine, for example, stated that the Nuheara IQbuds were the most intriguing earbuds of all at CES 2017.
Other awards earned by Nuheara include CES Tech for a Better World, Twice Pick Award’s Best of CES 2017, Best Innovation 2017, and Company Innovation Award from the Australian American Chamber of Commerce located in San Francisco.
This hearable technology is a blend between hearing aids and noise-cancelling headphones. They allow users to take phone calls, listen to music, amplify the voice of the person they’re speaking to, and reduce ambient background sounds, just for starters. These earbuds offer a comfortable fit and an app that is easy to use and fully customizable. Users can even save their hearing profiles. Shipping has already begun to pre-order buyers in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand from their Indiegogo campaign.