German crowdfunding project The Dash builds wireless smart earphones with fitness sensors

February 12
9:21 AM 2014

The Dash launched a $260,000 crowdfunding campaign via Kickstarter to build smart wireless in-ear headphones with performance tracking features, according to TechCrunch.

The Dash entirely eliminates wires and is a pair of discrete earbuds that can connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth. It can also work on its own using a 4GB internal storage to directly play songs from the device. In addition, The Dash is built with an ear bone mic that can eliminate background noises and function as a fitness tracker. The mic can monitor heart rate, energy expenditure, and oxygen saturation of the user, the report detailed.

With its touch sensitive surface, the user can control playback and turn off passive noise. The left bud is used to control activity monitoring and the right controls audio options such as volume and playlist selection. The Dash has a starting price of $199 for pre-orders of new backers. Its delivery date is set on October 2014, the report explained.

Bragi, the Munich-based creator of The Dash, wants the device to become a platform with a road focus. Third-party developers can reimagine the gadget as a communication device to be used by emergency personnel. It could also become an in-ear translation device for foreign language communication, or a sensor system for the medical field, the report said.

If The Dash works as it is advertised, it will be able to replace several devices in a single and convenient package, VentureBeat reported.

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