We make sense of all of the trendy new ways to wear your music.
If you're an NYC commuter like I am, no doubt you've noticed that many of your travel companions are now sporting colorful earmuffs. Beats by Dre has become the de facto wearable music fashion device of the 10's. I admit they look slick, but do they actually sound better than a great set of phones at 1/4 the price?
Hipster-dictated fashion likely trumps sound quality here--much of the the extra investment is allocated to the statement. While the "headphone" is the #1 wearable audio device of all time, most recently a new crop of audio fashions have crept into the mainstream. Let's take a look at some of the more innovative.
Woojer is a silent wearable "woofer" - the only matchbox-sized, wearable device that literally lets you feel the sound.
Announced at CES earlier this year, Jarvis from Intel, is a new entry into the smart earbud market. Intel claims Jarvis, which communicates with your phone via bluetooth, will challenge Google Glass and Apple Siri by operating online as well as offline directly within the earbud itself. Watch out for an intelligence upgrade coming to your earbuds in the next 6-12 months.
Yes you too can be just like Dick Tracy and make calls directly from your watch (still has to pair with your phone nearby). Samsung's Galaxy Gear (featuring Google Android OS) comes with a stand-alone music player and provides an impressive 4GB of storage, plenty of room for your favorite playlists. Sony also makes the SmartWatch 2, but doesn't appear to publish how much storage is available-- non-starter for us.
Kapture is a new device that lets you save and share what you just heard. Sneaky way to record your conversations, or a savior for all of those lost 2am brilliant ideas?
Created by Imogen Heap, these gloves of sensors that are able to make music based on your hand gestures. Check out the link above for D.I.Y. on making your own pair.
No wearable audio list would be complete without a nod to the device that started it all. Sadly, Hat FM doesn't seem to be available for purchase. However, Tooks does make some pretty stylish hats ("audio beanies").