These could seem like your typical pair of earrings outfitted with — fairly giant — pearls, however they’re extra than simply jewellery: they really double as ultra-discrete earbuds (via Gizmodo). The clip-on or stud H1 Audio Earrings from Nova Audio function two audio system behind each pearls (that are actual, by the best way) that use directional sound to transmit audio up and into your ears.
Nova says the expertise provides “a layer of sound” to your atmosphere, permitting you to listen to what’s occurring round you whereas nonetheless having fun with your audio, much like Sony’s open-style LinkBuds or Aftershokz’s bone-conduction headphones. Which means they don’t have any noise-cancellation properties, which may turn out to be useful for athletes who need to stay conscious of their environment, in addition to anybody else who doesn’t need to tune all the things out.
Regardless of the audio system staying exterior of your ear, Nova says its directional sound expertise helps forestall different folks from listening to no matter you’re listening to. The audio earrings provide as much as 3.5 hours of music playback or 2.5 hours of speaking time utilizing the 4 built-in microphones. The included charging case, which, fittingly, appears to be like like a sublime earring case, gives as much as three full prices, making for round 14 hours of listening in complete. There’s additionally a built-in button on the earrings that permits you to management audio playback and telephone calls.
As somebody who wears earrings fairly continuously, I’m unsure how I’d really feel about changing my on a regular basis studs with a pair of audio-emitting earrings. One thing I like about my Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Professional is that I’ve the choice to put on earrings and the earbuds if I so select. Plus, the earrings weigh round 7.7 grams every, a bit heavy in case you’re not used to jewellery tugging at your earlobes.
However I can nonetheless see how Nova’s audio earrings may be a gorgeous choice, particularly in case you’re in search of an all-in-one answer for audio and type. Nova isn’t the one model that’s tried to mix earbuds and trend (though there haven’t been too many who grasp exterior your ear). Planet Past got here up with neat pair of seashell-shaped in-ear buds that you would be able to add various accessories to, and there are even earrings out there that stylishly hook onto your AirPods.
Nova’s audio earrings are available both gold and silver, costing €695 (~$753 USD) and €595 (~$645 USD), respectively. Whereas they’re at present out there round Europe, Nova says they’ll grow to be out there within the US and Japan originally of this 12 months.