August 4, 2014
Runners, bikers, and gym bunnies, put your protein shakes down because this new gadget will blow your minds.
Smart earphones with a companion app, FreeWavz is a Bluetooth-connected product that not only gives you wireless connectivity to streaming music on your phone, but also provides you with a real-time heart rate monitor (so you won’t need to wear those nerdy wristbands and uncomfortable chest strap while listening to an old playlist on your iPod).
Founded by otolaryngology specialist Dr. Eric Hensen in Melbourne, Florida, the earphones allow users to interact with their device using voice. For example, you can pause your music on command to talk on the phone or hear updates from the heart monitor. You don’t get distracted and lose your workout pace.
FreeWavz’s mobile app configures alerts such as distance, time, calories burned, etc. It also has a microphone that picks up outside sounds, like cars, so you are aware of your surroundings while being connected.
These water-resistant earphones are a perfect fit to the ear, so they will not fall off even when you’re on your 50th upside-down sit-up. We all know how annoying that can be.
Of course, FreeWavz is not the first product in the “hearable” business. There are very similar products in the market, such as Dash by Bragi, that have many of the same features.
FreeWaz is currently raising money on Kickstarter to fund its first production round. Their goal is to reach $300,000, and they have raised over $200,000 so far.
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