Today, Bose introduced the Bose Sport Open Earbuds, a new breed of true wireless earbuds that sit over the ears to keep cyclists, runners and pedestrians safe on the go.
They work by placing the driver in a new type of enclosure that sits over, rather than inside, the ear canal and lets ambient noise through.
Despite their openness, Bose says, the Sport Open Earbuds won’t leak noise even at high volumes because they use the company’s proprietary OpenAudio technology. The result? You can hear your music clearly, but no one else can.
According to Bose, the earphones are IPX4 certified, which makes them waterproof and weighs only 14 grams per bud. The earbuds last eight hours on a charge and use Bluetooth 5.1 for a more stable wireless connection.
When can cyclists get their gloved hands on them? The Bose Sport Open Earbuds will be available from mid-January for $ 199.99 (approximately £ 150, AU $ 250). Pre-orders are now possible Bose’s website.
But Bose isn’t the only one offering open audio technology
While Bose Sport Open Earbuds are definitely unique in their new over-the-ear design, Bose isn’t the only one thinking of audio passthrough – this Jabra Elite 65t can amplify external audio using external microphones, as can some larger over-ear headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM4.
First and foremost, audio passthrough helps you protect yourself from cars, as you can then hear them approach – or beep you if you’re in danger – which Bose says many athletes have asked for.
“Runners and cyclists have asked us about headphones that allow them to focus on their performance without having to jump out cables, neckbands or a bud to hear traffic, a workout partner, the outdoors or anything else they don’t want to be without “Said Mehul Trivedi, Category Director of Bose Wearable Audio, in an email to TechRadar.” Our new Sport Open Earbuds solve all of these problems – and they’re the only ones that do. ”
This may make the Bose Sport Open Earbuds sound like a niche product, but they are also suitable for non-life-threatening situations like waiting for your seat number to be called at the airport or in restaurants.
Basically, you can use them anytime you want to hear something important about a PA, and they’ll help you stay tuned.