Muzik’s Smart Headphones claim to be “Google Glass For Your Ears”. Wearable technology is certainly quite the buzz-phrase these days and QTOOTH is certainly all about cool products that both enable us with technology and liberate us from that same technology at the same time. A company called Muzik has created a pair of “smart” headphones CEO Jason Hardi describes as “Google Glass for your ears.” Do they live up to that claim?
The headphones will be available for a retail price of $299 in October. Although Hardi mentioned Spotify, he didn’t confirm any specific partners but states that it will work with best-of-breed music software services. The headphones feature four built-in hotkeys that control different social sharing options, so that you can post the tracks you’re listening to on Facebook or Twitter, or sharing a song directly with a friend. The headphones also include an accelerometer which is a motion sensitive switch that cues the headphones to stop playing music when you take them off.
These wireless headphones seek to be a solution to what Muzik sees as the current problem with discovering music through social sharing on current popular services such as Spotify, RDio, SoundTracking, etc… Listeners often feel inundated with too much material and lack direction.
“A lot of people don’t know where to find good music, and the many options available make it increasingly difficult for content to be served up to you, because it’s in so many different places,” Hardi says.
After Muzik launches in the fall they will release its API to third-party developers. This will allow them to take advantage of the headphones’ proximity sensors and even re-purpose hotkey functionality. Because they are at the same price as the new Beats by Dre Studio headphones ($299) Muzik will need to deliver both device quality and a rich selection of third-party apps to be successful and find its place among its rivals.