One of the biggest pain points in the technology that we all use on a daily basis has to be things with wires. They get tangled, frayed and eventually they are snapped, or lost. Earphones especially are notoriously fragile and the amount of times you end up replacing them due to daily wear and tear can take its toll. Earin, which is a pair of wireless earbuds, hopes to solve not just this problem, but also a few others.
Earin is a product which started, like a lot of new ideas these days, in the form of a Kickstarter project and successfully gained funding in the summer of 2014, raising 5 times the amount of their original goal, totalling almost £1m in funding. It was created by Olle Lindén, Per Sennström, and Kiril Trajkovski – a team of engineers that have worked in companies such as Sony Ericsson & Nokia.
Earin earbuds connect through a Bluetooth connection and are independent of each other, meaning no bulky Bluetooth receiver that wraps around the back of your head like most bluetooth "earphones" in the market these days. And they're small – almost unnoticeably small, weighing just 5 grams each. The people creating Earin say that playback should be around 2.5-3 hours, which doesn't sound like a lot but they have thought of that when building it.
When not in use, the Earin team hopes that you will store the earbuds in a capsule that not only houses them for safe keeping, but also charges them, giving an theoretical 5x the battery life when stored inside the capsule. They also provide a conch which locks the Earin buds in place while moving, perfect for active customers.
All of the technology packed into each earbud meant sacrifices had to be made though. There is no microphone included, there was simply no room inside for it. That is probably the biggest gripe that I have with the Earin, but with the freedom that you get from having truly wireless earphones, this has to be seen as a minor inconvenience.
Preorders at $199 have already begun and shipping starts later this year.