Monday, January 16, 2012

Zik Headphones | Phillippe Starck x Parrot

Another collaboration between Phillipe Starck and Parrot - The New Parrot Zik Headphones.
“the earphones include a capacitive touch panel controlled by intuitive gestures: swiping upwards increases the volume while swiping downwards lowers it; swiping forward or backwards navigates through the track list.
the system also features active noise control, in which two microphones register the internal sound and two pick up external noise, which can then be isolated and cancelled. parrot’s ‘concert hall effect’ processing algorithm increases sound fidelity by mimicking the depth achieved by surround-sound input.
NFC (near field communication) -compatible, the headset syncs seamlessly with smartphones via bluetooth; and a bone conduction sensor detects jaw movement, optimizing sound for clearer calls when the user seems to be in the midst of a telephone conversation.
a motion detection sensor determines when the headset is raised and in use, in contrast to when it is removed or being worn around the neck. the device automatically activates bluetooth in the former circumstance and turns it off– as well as pauses music playback– in the second.”


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