World's First Smart Headphones, Stream Music Without Player

Headphones have come a long way in the last few years. First, they ditched the wires and went Bluetooth, now they're getting rid of the music player all together. A recently launched Kickstarter campaign, is raising money to produce the world's first smart headphones. The STREAMZ headphones feature a built-in Wi-Fi Android music player that streams music directly from the headset, eliminating the need for an additional music player.

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Available in 4, 20 and 32GB options, these over-ear headphones allow listeners to store CD quality FLAC/ALAC (lossless audio) music files on the cans or in your Google Drive. You can upload files or purchase tracks from the STREAMZ music store, which currently features 300,000 CD-auality albums. If that's not enough music, you can also stream music from Pandora or Spotify via Bluetooth.

Currently, there are two ways to play music on the STREAMZ: navigating the large buttons on the earcups or utilizing a complementary smartphone app. The company is using the KickStarter campaign to raise enough money -- $50,000 -- to add voice-control software and a developer's kit.

In terms of hardware, STREAMZ will feature a pair of 50mm drivers, 1GB of RAM, a lithium rechargeable battery and a 3.5mm audio port, just in case you need to use the cord. STREAMZ's Kickstart campaign closes on May 2nd with units shipping to backers in August 2014.

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Sherri L. Smith

Sherri L. Smith has been cranking out product reviews for since 2011. In that time, she's reviewed more than her share of laptops, tablets, smartphones and everything in between. The resident gamer and audio junkie, Sherri was previously a managing editor for Black Web 2.0 and contributed to BET.Com and Popgadget.