Walk through just about any Hi-Fi retailer and before too long you're sure to come across a huge section bursting with personal audio gear. There seem to be headphones and earphones for every taste and budget, including wired and wireless units and models that offer just that little bit extra. So how does a newcomer to the headphones game make a splash in what would appear to be a very well stocked marketplace? Say hello to the Soundsight cans, which are billed as the world's first video recording smart headphones.
The Soundsight wireless headphones feature an integrated camera with a CCD sensor capable of recording 1080p HD video to digitally capture the world around you as you bop your head to your personal soundtrack streamed over Bluetooth from a paired smartphone or music player. The wide angle lens can be rotated over 270 degrees using the circular grip ring on the outer earcup housing.
The smart cans have been designed by Stephen Chase with WoodenShark & Idem Finland Oy for use alongside Android and iOS devices via the Soundsight mobile app. To start your point of view recording, just tap the "S" button in the middle of the grip ring.
Users can save footage to the connected smart device or opt to live stream recorded content at 640p 24 fps to friends and family over Bluetooth. The app can also edit, trim and apply effects to recorded video, users can prepare music to run with the recorded video, and a ColorTune feature can automatically suggest tunes by matching video colors to music notes.
As for the sound quality, the company details dynamic drivers with a frequency response of 16 Hz to 20 kHz that are promised to deliver studio quality audio, with the added bonus of noise cancellation.
Elsewhere, there are six microphones, a 6-axis accelerometer/gyro and a USB port for charging or audio out. The built-in 800 mAh Li-ion battery is reported good for 4 hours with all the bells and whistles in operation, or 18 hours if just used as active noise canceling headphones.
The Soundsight headphones come with 3.5 mm coiled and straight cables for wired music playback, are available in titanium and onyx color options, and are currently up for pre-order at a limited special price of US$349, which will rise to $499 when they go on sale next year.
Have a look at the promo video below for a quick overview of what to expect.
Source: Soundsight Headphones