Most of us enjoy music and we enjoy a good light show. Shine is trying to pair the two together in its new Kickstarter creating a pair of wireless Bluetooth earbuds with responsive lighting. It’s actually pretty cool if you enjoy showing off your tech wear. They’re crowdfunding these guys out right now and you can get in for $59 a pair. We were fortunate enough to get an early prototype version we’ll be dong a review on soon. In the meantime, you can visit the Kickstarter page and read the full press release below.
These high-quality earbuds have an integrated smart-phone app (for iOS and Android phones). Through the app, users can control the mode with which they would like the laser-light based neck strap to glow. The three mode options are: glow in full 24-colors based on the music that is playing; glowing based on the movements of the user – e.g. during workouts or runs; glowing in single color (between red, green and blue) while music is playing. The way the neck strap glows can be further customized based on the sound waves themselves (crests, hollows) or power saving modes. For motion detection based glowing, the headset uses a G-sensor, 3-axis, counting steps, frequency, speed and time.
Shine is the first such headset designed to portray emotions and moods externally. The Bluetooth pairing with the phone can take place for up to 30 feet away, and it runs for up to seven hours of playtime for each charge. Charging time is 1.5 hours.
The earpiece comes with two ear hook sizes and four cap sizes that can easily be switched. It is designed to be a comfortable fit that stays in the ears even when the users are running or playing sports, while avoiding any pressure-inducing sensations. It also has intuitive hardware controls for lights, volume and pausing/starting the music. If the user receives a call on their phone while the music is playing, the music and lights come to a halt, allowing the user to use the headset and microphone for the conversation.
The headset sound blocks out environmental noise effectively, and uses APTX technology for seamless streaming of CD quality audio to deliver powerful stereophonic sound quality.
Charging time: 1.5 hours
Input: DC 5V 500 mA
Size: 30 mm x 24 mm x 9.3 mm
Music playback time: 7 hours
Weight: 17 g
Battery capacity: 3.7 V/80 mAh
Operating distance: 10 meters
Sound track: Stereophonic
About the Kickstarter Campaign:
The Kickstarter campaign will go live on November 16, 2015 for a duration of one month. Product prototypes and demo units have been tested, and an initial batch of review units are available for early users and reviewers. Kickstarter backers will get Shine for $79. Early bird packages will allow customers to get it for as low as $59 a unit. The campaign will include other interesting complementary product packages through partners, including LED based light-up hoodies and sneakers.