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Motorola announces the VerveLife brand and new wireless ‘buds
Wireless earbuds have always come with — well, wires. But over the past year or two we’ve seen some of the first truly wireless earbuds begin to hit the market. First there were companies like Bragi and Earin, and now Motorola is joining in on the fun. The company has introduced the new VerveLife brand which is going to encapsulate a number of new connected accessories, headphones included. They’ve already announced three news pairs of headphones under this new name with two versions of each (so technically 6 pairs): the VerveOnes/VerveOnes+, VerveLoop/VerveLoop+, and the VerveRider/VerveRider+.
Without a doubt the most exciting of the three has to be the VerveOnes. These are similar to the ones made by Bragi and Earin in that they have no wires connecting to each other (or anything else) at all. The VerveOnes feature stereo sound and a dual mic for phone calls that will work with both Android and iOS devices. On top of that they have an impressive 12 hour battery life and also come with a protective case that charges the ‘buds while they’re inside. The + version of these (and the other two models) adds swear resistance and a sport carrying case. In this case it adds an IP57 rating, meaning that they’re perfect for any sports related activities and we’re not surprised to see them marketed this way, seeing as fitness is one of the more popular uses for Bluetooth audio.
No information yet on the capacity of the charging case or if the earbuds have any playback controls or special features, but new products in a new market is always something to get excited about. The other two products announced also look promising, but they come in form factors we’ve already grown accustomed to in the audio community. Still, if it isn’t broke don’t fix it right?
The first pair of the two are the VerveLoop in-ears, which have a wire between the two earbuds connecting them. On that wire is a small control module that lets you play/pause music and adjust the volume. These have an IPX4 rating and a 6 hour battery life or you can opt for the VerveLoop+ option and get a 12 hour battery life and up the sweat resistance to an IPX7 certification. The VerveLoop+ also come with a sport carrying case and an extra pair of ear gels for a good fit.
The last pair of ‘buds announced were the VerveRider/VerveRider+ headphones. These have a thin collar that sits on your neck with the earbuds attached via wires. They actually look very similar to the Moto Surround headphones we reviewed last year with a new paint job. They have a built-in mic and playback controls right on the collar along with an IP57 waterproof rating if you opt for the + model. It also comes with a sport carrying case and a 12 hour battery life to boot.
There’s no word yet on pricing or availability for any of these products just yet, but they’re definitely worth keeping an eye out for.