Earbuds are cool and all but the strings can sometimes get in the way of what you’re doing. If you’re exercising, those strings can get in your way of doing free weights, while continuing to get tangled up while you’re on the bus or metro listening to music. With Split, you don’t have to worry about this problem at all since there are no strings attached. This Kickstarter campaign audio player fits in your ears and works without the need for any cables and without the use of Bluetooth. The hands-free player allows you to change the track and volume with gentle “bite clicks,” via its 3-axis accelerometer. One bite skips the track while two bites changes the volume.
Each earbud has a small circuit board, a button cell battery, a memory chip, a processor and a few other components necessary to play quality digital audio. Both sides are synchronized using high-precision crystal clocks, so that the two earphones can play in unison without being physically connected and without exchanging a continuous stream of radio waves. Both of the earphones only exchange a short near-field signal when track or volume are changed, which in turn decreases the amount of radiation your head and body are exposed to by more than 1,000 times as compared to a Bluetooth streaming headset. Pledge $155 or more to get your own pair of Split earbuds.
Kristie Bertucci is an L.A.-based writer, who can't live without her MacBook Pro. When she's not writing, she's either reading or shopping (online, of course) and loves lazy days so she can catch up on her DVR-recorded shows and movies. She's definitely a Mac girl, she loves music and is currently on a mission to to have an insane and enviable iTunes library.