Skullcandy invents the clip-on wireless earbud set
Skullcandy has unveiled the Vert wireless earbuds. These wearables are rather unique in that they have a central dial that assumes the functions normally handled by in-line button controls. They include music controls, voice-call and volume controls, and assistant activation. (However, in this case, the virtual PA in question is not built-in, but is that of a connected device.) The dial can also be clipped onto clothing or straps.
Skullcandy asserts that this makes its new earbuds more compatible with pursuits such as mountain biking, skiing, hiking or other outdoor action sports or hobbies. In other words, the Vert device can be easier to use with helmets or gloves. On this note, the dial is designed so as to be more responsive to users wearing the latter.
These wearables also incorporate a form of active noise cancelling their maker calls "Stay Aware". It filters ambient noise into the Verts' audio so that the user can remain alert to potential environmental dangers. The Skullcandy Verts are Bluetooth 5.0 earbuds with 13.6mm drivers and a 20-2000 hertz response range. They are IPX4 rated for sweat and water resistance, can track Tile products and are equipped with "Rapid Charge technology".
This, as their maker claims, gives 12 hours of battery life, whereas every 10 minutes of charging restores 2 hours of use. The new Skullcandy Vert earbuds are priced at US$79.99 and come in a "Fearless Black" color option.