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Meet the Intelligent Headset — could headphones be the first big thing in wearable tech?

The Intelligent Headset, which launches this summer, hopes to be a more subtle approach to wearable tech.
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April 18, 2014

While smartwatches and more elaborate wearable tech like Google Glass has got technology journalists and early adopters excited, the fever hasn’t exactly caught on with what you’d call normal people. Why? For one, this early technology can be expensive and cumbersome to use. The big thing though? It kind of makes you look like a dork.

The people behind the Intelligent Headset have a different idea: headphones. After all, headphones are practically a fashion accesory these days, so you don’t have to worry about looking out of place. As a matter of fact, since they relay all their information to you in audio form, you don’t have to worry about looking at all.

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Described as a “headset for apps,” the Intelligent Headset is launching this fall. The few apps currently slated to arrive on the headset range from the music releated apps you would expect — the True3Daudio app calls itself the world’s first music player with 3D audio — to the game ZombieX. More than just a pair of headphones, the Intelligent Headset uses headphones based on sister company Jabra’s Bluetooth headphones, and throws in a gyroscope, GPS and a compass.

While buyers won’t necessarily have to worry about the clunky look that most early edopters of technology accept as a given, there is one thing that remains all too familiar to most early adopters: the price. When the Intelligent Headset launches in July of this year, the cost will be a hefty $600 USD. If you’re really excited, you can get the early-bird discount by ordering before June 30th, locking the price in at a mere $420. If you’re interested, you can pre-order via the Intelligent Headset website.

What do you think? Are smart headphones the way of the future, or is some other form of wearable tech going to be the first to make itself ubiquitous?