This week’s weird ‘why did somebody do that?’ product comes from a development team that thinks that putting a video camera into a pair of full over the head/ear headphones will make some sort of sense. The marketing looks very slick, the idea seems less so. Lots of lovely computer graphic images though, if you like that kind of thing.
Apparently these Soundsight Headphones come with an associated app which connects via Bluetooth, and which lets you record video along with sound at points you determine. But why? From the website, it looks as though it’s going to be aimed specifically at DJs or folk like that, but from where we’re sitting that’s an awfully small market to target, Shirley?
The app looks fairly standard as well, with a record button, and a Live! button for doing some live streaming, maybe of a concert? But then again, the video view is going to be all over the place, with the wearer nodding head, switching back and forth and up and down as they switch, mix and manage tracks. Really weird.
The product will apparently contain an ambitiously huge amount of tech as well. We’re talking six microphones, a 6 axis gyroscope and accelerometer, a 1080p camera with live streaming at 24 fps 640p and a Li-ion battery capable of sustaining 4 hours of use on a charge (complete with noise cancellation). In line with so many products nowadays, the team is offering the product on pre-order, and at a price of $349.
Note these facts. First your credit card is charged immediately you order, second, you only have 30 days within which to cancel your order. Third, they’re aiming for ‘early’ delivery of December 2014, and then sustained delivery by Sept 2015 (huh?) and finally there’s absolutely no information on warranty and/or returns.
Yeah, I’m thinking what you’re thinking.