Smart earphones (hearables) are the new smart watches

I have had my Bragi The Dash headphones for about one week now. Although I think that the The Dash is rather a product with much room for improvement, smart, wireless headphones, in general, however, are going to play a big role in the future of wearables.

Connected home systems like Alexa, Google Home or even Siri and the fact that that 20% of Google’s queries are voice-based show which role audio is going to play in our lives. Smart earphones with a built-in microphone can be used to activate Siri, Google Now, Cortana (or whatever else mobile assistant you have), answer phone calls, search the web etc. Further, there is no limitation to screen size or even the need to pause and use the rather small display of a smartwatch.

Through motion sensors and direct “integration” into one’s body the dash enables a far more natural usage of gestures. Smart earphones like, for example, the Dash can recognize (at least in theory) when you nod your head and use it as a confirmation, a “yes” that you would else have to press on your smartphones. Firstly, this is far more natural the pressing a button and secondly, undoubtedly, easier.

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