Wearables 2016 CES Innovation Awards Honoree Skybuds Wireless Earbuds On Pre-Sale

July 22 2016, 04:00
Another week and another “hearable” announcement is made. Wearables 2016 CES Innovation Awards honoree Alpha Audiotronics, announced the start of the pre-sale for its first product, Skybuds truly wireless earbuds, and the launch of its newly redesigned website skybuds.com. The company promises a truly wire-free solution with premium sound quality and reliable connectivity. Skybuds promises 4 hours per charge and 5 additional charges and storage through the Skydock case.

Founded in 2014, Alpha Audiotronics, Inc. is a New York City-based consumer electronics venture focused on smart wireless audio solutions. Alpha Audiotronics’s cornerstone product, Skybuds, are wireless earbuds leveraging the use of Near Field Magnetic Induction (NFMI) technology - used in hearing aids, to ensure uninterrupted, high-quality sound in the headphone industry - integrated into a software-upgradable platform. 

The use of NFMI for earbuds could be interesting, since this technology provides a low-power wireless alternative to Bluetooth and is relatively low-cost, without any of the interference problems of current unlicensed frequency bands used by Bluetooth and 802.11x wireless standards. Also, NFMI devices are much less complex and use less components. Unfortunately, Alpha Audiotronics doesn’t provide additional specifications to explain how the communication with smartphones or other wireless streaming audio sources is achieved.

Along with NFMI technology, each Skybuds earbud also uses a top-of-the-line, balanced armature driver and psychoacoustic features, including bass enhancement, to create a premium audio experience. The earbuds have been designed in such a way that they have Passive Noise Cancellation, which naturally suppresses unwanted and distracting external audio.

“Because of our common love for music, interest in podcasts, and hectic, multitasking lifestyles, the need for portable audio is so well-ingrained in people’s lives. Compared to the radical changes emerging in other portable and personal electronic verticals, however, the audio space has been slow to evolve and enhance the way people enjoy and experience on-the-go sound without compromising quality,” says Jamie Roberts Seltzer, Co-founder and CEO of Alpha Audiotronics. “With Skybuds, we are dedicated to transforming the on-the-go listening experience by making portable sound not only convenient, but also exceptional.”

Skybuds charge and store in a light, portable case called the Skydock, which conveniently provides up to an additional 24 hours of on-the-go charging time. In addition to sound quality, each Skybud is fitted with an omnidirectional microphone, and are ergonomically designed to comfortably sit in users’ ears providing a perfect fit. The company is also developing a the Skybuds app, which provides further control over the earbuds, monitor battery level, a find function and will enable future software upgrades. 

Skybuds are now on preorder for $249.99, available in white, black and grey. 
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