Nuheara’s IQbuds are one of the most interesting new audio devices that we saw at CES 2017.
The IQbuds aren’t just wireless headphones. Sure, you can use them to listen to music like you would with other headphones, and they work well in that regard.
They last four hours on a single charge, and features tap-touch control, which allows users to easily pause and resume playback by simply tapping on the headphones. They also feature noise-cancellation technology, but it’s a different kind called SINC.
SINC is Nuheara’s Super Intelligent Noise Cancellation technology and it lets users adjust the amount of noise cancellation they want. It can block out ambient noise like most typical noise cancellation headphones, but it can also subtly blend noises from the surroundings with music. This lets users hear what’s happening around them and gives them better awareness of their surroundings.
But what’s even more cool is that this intelligent noise cancellation technology can even discern human speech and amplify it, making it easier to hear when you are being spoken to. We tested this out in the crowded and noisy convention hall and found it to work really well.
In essence then, the IQbuds are really a cross between wireless headphones and hearing aids, and really quite unlike any other wireless headphones we have seen.
The Nuheara IQbuds are priced at US$299 and you can pre-order them on Nuheara’s website here.