The year is coming to a close, but tech startups are just warming up. Inspero Inc. is crowdfunding the second generation of their smart headphones, Vinci. The Vinci 2.0 is making a bold statement claiming to make calls, send messages and listen to music without the need to connect to a smartphone #objectmagic
Vinci 2.0 isn’t just a pair of good looking, light (less than 90 grams) earphones; they can sync with Amazon Alexa, taking advantage of 15,000 + skills, while being able to stream music, make phone calls and of course, work as a fitness tracker. Its dozen sensors are able to measure heart rate and keep track of your progress thanks to GPS. There’s also a smart coach in the mix that you can ask guidance from thanks to voice controls.
The more you use Vinci, the smarter it gets. Developers explain the use of artificial intelligence here: “Vinci 2.0’s AI works on 2 levels. First, it learns from your music listening habits and physical statistics to make intelligent music recommendations. Second, it uses natural language processing (“NLP”) algorithms to recognize your words and understand your intentions. All of this allows Vinci to recommend music that best matches your query, mood, location, and activity.”
To make matters even more impressive, you should know that Vinci 2.0 might be the world’s first headphone set to come with built-in 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity. Even when Internet is down and you can’t stream from Spotify, SoundCloud, Amazon Music or KKBOX, you can listen to songs saved on its internal storage of 32GB (with the 2.0 Super variant).
When it comes to internals, Vinci 2.0 is powered by a quad-core ARM Cortex A7 processor with 1GB RAM and stays alive thanks to a 600 mAh lithium-ion battery. Its design allows the earbuds to stay organized and together thanks to the magnetic neckband. Also, on the premium model – Super – there’s a bone-conduction microphone for crystal clear voice recognition, even in the nosiest environments.
Gesture control is also available and might come in handy when you want to switch a song for another but you can’t talk loud. The early bird price for the standard version is $89 but if you want the Super version (the one with all the goodies we’ve talked about), you’ll have to pay $349 via Kickstarter.