Streamz Reveals Android-based Smart Headphones
These headphones have a built-in processor, storage, Wi-Fi connectivity and more.
According to Streamz, the headphones can stream music and audio to the headset from multiple sources like onboard stored audio, streaming online radio, and streamed phone music. The headset can even pull in audio from typical devices like TVs and game consoles.
The Streamz headset, slated to make its debut at CES 2014 in a next week, is based on Android and features an unnamed dual-core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz, Smart Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and internal storage. The Smart Wi-Fi will auto-detect and connect to the local Wi-Fi hotspot, whereas the Bluetooth aspect connects to a smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled audio/video device.
Streamz is based on patent-pending Smart Headphone technology, and is the first headphones to incorporate a music player, a 48 kHz/16 bit CD quality Digital Analog Converter (DAC) plus individual 3 Watt vibration drivers and 160 mWatt dynamic amplifiers. With these ingredients, Streamz promises CD quality sound with optimum dynamic range, equalization, and amplification.
"Since most phones and mobile music players have sub-par quality DACs and amps, they are unable to play true FLAC, ALAC, and WAV CD quality music without adding cumbersome external components," reads the company's announcement. "To address this problem, the company built the finest quality audio components inside the headphones."
A spec sheet (pdf) provides a bit more detail, showing 4 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for 32 GB of additional storage. The specs don't reveal the actual processor, but do show Wireless N and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity.
The specs also show that the Play, Pause, Skip Forward and Skip Reverse buttons are on the right earset, and Volume Up, Volume Down, Mode and Function buttons are on the left earset. The specs even list a standalone Streamz software app for Android, iOS, Windows and Mac, and a built-in Lithium Polymer rechargeable battery.
Based on the product page, the smart headphones won't be made available until March 2014 for $549 USD. The company plans to release an SDK and launch a Kickstarter Streamz for app developers in the near future.