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Play music & charge your phone on the go with the OnBeat Solar Headphones

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Play music & charge your phone on the go with the OnBeat Solar Headphones
On with the beat we go with this Kickstarter project – the OnBeat Solar Headphones. As the name implies, there is a solar panel on the band of the headphones, allowing it to capture sunlight and transform it into energy, which is then stored in two light-weight Lithium Ion batteries. Pretty much any USB device can be charged with the reserved energy source, yet it is not certain how much juice you'll get from the OnBeat.

Let's get technical. The solar cell's surface is 55 cm3, which is expected to be gathering those sun rays during your daily jog, a walk through the park or just cruising to work. According to the developers, musical quality will be first-class:a superb sound from low range for bass, mid-range for precision DJ'ing and high range for vocal and acoustic excellence”. Here's a listing of some of the parameters:
About the headphones audio?
  •  Audio driver unit size: 40mm
  •  Impedance: 32 +/- 10% Ohm
  •  Frequency response: 20hz to 20,000Khz
  •  Sensitivity: 100 +/- 3 dB
The solar specification?
  •  High powered flexible solar panel (poly-crystalline silicone)
  •  55cm3 active solar area
  •  Two Li-Ion batteries (1000mAh)
  •  Provide a full battery recharge for mobile phone
  •  5.5v charge capacity
What’s in the box?
  •  OnBeat solar headphones
  •  1.5m audio cable with integrated remote (including usb cable clip)
  •  6.3mm stereo plug converter
  •  Protective carry pouch
  •  Product booklet

Some would say that those will be useless on rainy days. Well, think twice, because the OnBeat can be charged via USB from your PC or straight from the mains socket. Also, no more pulling out your phone to raise the volume for that awesome track – the headphones have a volume rocker integrated into them
Design-wise the headphones look pretty slick. If you are one of the Kickstarter pledgers you'll get the limited Green edition. Speaking of Kickstarter, the project's aimed goal is $298,000, and a single pair is supposed to have a retail price of $175. Check out the introduction of the OnBeat with this Scottish-accent driven video:

The funding period ends on August 7, so if you like the idea behind the OnBeat, make sure you hit that “Back This Project” button.

source: Kickstarter via TechCrunch

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posted on 09 Jul 2013, 09:07

1. JunBringer (Posts: 137; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)

Please don't listen to headphones while "just cruising to work." Thanks.

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