Despite rumors of Apple earbud fitness trackers being fake, at least one company thinks it's a concept worth pursuing. Bragi has announced The Dash, a $299 set of wireless "smart" headphones. Due out this fall, these tiny buds offer a full range of fitness and music features without having to sync with a smartphone.
Funded through Kickstarter earlier this year, The Dash is designed to bypass the annoyances associated with easily tangled wired earbuds while introducing some nifty new functions. These headphones pack in a wide array of fitness features, including heart rate monitoring, oxygen saturation and distance traveled.
The Dash provides verbal feedback, so you won't have to look at a screen to see your vitals. If you do bring your smartphone along, however, you can use the Dash app to view statistics and program commands, such as "nod two times to hear heart rate." You can load up to 4GB of music into The Dash itself via microUSB, and the earbuds have built-in controls for skipping songs while in motion.
While The Dash is completely self-sufficient as a music player and fitness tracker, you can use the Bluetooth 4.0 device with Apple iPhone 4s and up, iPad 3rd gen and later, any Bluetooth-ready Android device, and limited Windows Phone and Blackberry devices.
This set of slick wireless buds comes in black and white, with a neat microUSB-powered carrying case that lets you charge the headphones on the go. Bragi claims that you'll get about of 4 hours of playback time, 7 hours of track time, and up to 250 hours of standby time out of The Dash's 100 mAh battery.
The Dash is a unique take on the growing wearable market, and we look forward to seeing how these hybrid headphones hold up when they arrive later this year. You can pre-order yours from Bragi's official site.