As tech gets better and better, audio devices continue to get smaller and more innovative. One company that’s been challenging design in their products is Crazybaby. First there was an insanely successful crowdfunding campaign for a levitating Bluetooth speaker dubbed the Mars. Then there was one for another Bluetooth speaker called the Luna, which looked like a tiny Death Star that played music. Now they’re back with another Indiegogo campaign for something they haven’t done before: headphones. And not just any headphones, Crazybaby is jumping right over typical in-ear designs and going straight to truly wireless ear buds. They’re calling them the Air, and they’re packed with features.
Wireless headphones are hugely beneficial during exercise since they have no wires to get in the way, and the Air have an IPX6 rating so you won’t have to worry about sweat or water damaging them. They have a conch shell design that’s made to fit snugly in your ear and leave the sides exposed for touch controls. Tapping the right ear buds once, twice, or three times will play and pause music, skip to the next track, or return to a previous track, respectively. Tapping the left ear bud will answer/end phone calls or access the voice assistant of your source device. This is compatible with Siri, Google Now, and even Amazon’s personal assistant Alexa. You can easily pair them to the Amazon Dot to control your music and ask questions while you’re in the vicinity.
The Air use Bluetooth 4.2 which has an increased data transmission speed over the previous version and can also connect over IPV6 for better energy management. Like many of the other truly wireless earbuds we’ve seen, the battery on the Air will only last you 3 hours of music playback, but it does come with a sleek charging capsule that will charge them up another five times.
Crazybaby packed tiny microdrivers into each ear bud that measure in at 5.2mm. They were custom-made by the company to try and squeeze as much sound out of them as possible. They also have dual omni-directional noise-cancelling microphones (one on each ear bud) to help increase voice quality whether you’re talking on the phone or asking Siri a question.
- IPX6 water-resistant
- CNT diaphragm (99.8% Carbon Nanotube)
- Custom 5.2mm microdrivers
- Bluetooth 4.2
- CVC 8th Noise Cancelling microphones
- Without capsule: 3 hours listening time, 4 hours talk time
- With capsule: 15 hours listening, 20 hours talk time
We only have a handful of good truly wireless ear buds, and I use the term “good” loosely. But Crazybaby might be onto something with the Air, we’ll have to wait and find out. You can secure yourself a pair for as low as $99 or you can get two pairs for $179. They come in both black and white color options and the campaign is about 1700% funded with 24 days left in the campaign at the time of this posting. Backers can expect to receive their Air headphones in January of 2017.