2014-02-11 16_22_36-The Dash – Wireless Smart In Ear Headphones by BRAGI LLC. — Kickstarter

Kickstarter campaigns are sometimes guilty of overpromising, but if the just funded Dash in-ear headphones can get even close to what the creators claim, this is going to be amazing. These tiny earphones are completely wireless – just two individual buds that you plug into your head holes to listen to music, track your activity, and even take calls. It still has 47 days to go and is already past its $260,000 goal.

Rather than just make some wireless earbuds, the people behind Dash want to do it all. In addition to piping music into your ears over Bluetooth 4.0, the Dash has 4GB of flash storage to store tunes internally. Music playback can be controlled from an app, or by tapping and swiping the exposed ends of the Dash (the left ear is tracking and the right one is sound). There will also be an integrated thermometer, accelerometer, and optical sensor. This gives you all your vitals and steps as you're out and about. As for calls, the Dash will also have a built-in bone conduction mic (is this starting to sound fanciful yet?). There is also a 100mAh battery in each bud.

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The buds are supposed to be ergonomic and stay jammed in your ears. If not, these things aren't going to last long. If one tumbles out, there's nothing to keep it from hitting the ground. The Dash will support Android at launch, which is supposedly in October or November of 2014. If you want to take a chance that these headphones are going to live up to the promise, the $199 deal is still open.

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Jaime

    Cool, I'm gonna check this out. Thanks Ryan!

  • coolscrotie

    Well...they are kind of awesome. If the tests will conclude that they sit tight in my ears and will sound great, I'll consider buying them.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    I wish I had the funds to support this

    • abobobilly

      Seems like you badly need a kick-starter for yourself.

      ... and me too -.-

      • Justin W

        Let's start a kick-starter to allow us to help kickstart this.

        • abobobilly

          Oh you are gonna need a kick-starter for that kick-starter to kick-start too.

          • s_bomb

            C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER

        • Chronus719


          • wugui

            Why are we not funding this idea yet? Yo dawgs

          • Justin Howell


          • coloradENT

            nothing to do with this but AEKDB

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          Yo dawg, I herd u like kickstarter so we put kickstarter in a kickstarter so u could kickstart while u kickstart

          ... Or something like that, you get the idea

    • Plazmic Flame

      It's all good man, best to just wait it out anyways... the product doesn't release until November 2014 and that's IF everything goes according to schedule. Seeing as how they've blown past their initial goal, they are going to have a ton of orders to fulfill which could delay things as well. I'm sure you can save up $20/month right now if you really want this. I see this as a great Christmas present for myself.

      It's really futuristic and cool. It's the earbuds I've always wanted, hated the wires or bands that go over your head.

  • Joris Griffioen

    100mAh is very little .. with bluetooth audio streaming and all those sensors, I can't see these lasting very long...

    • Chris Seward

      I have the Jaybird Bluebuds X, which has a single 83 mAh battery, and easily lasts 8 hours, so I think 100 mAh should be enough.

      • Kostas

        On the other hand... look all those sensors...

        • Nathan Fletcher

          That is a lot of sensors...

      • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

        it's not a lot at 3hrs but it's enough for a session

        • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

          i usually do my training and marathon runs in four hours or less and i carried my phone with earpiece with me...this will be really convenient without the wires but 3hrs is definitely too short for my runs though..

      • Cat Astrophy

        I would totally drop all the silly non-audio sensors for more battery

        • Chris Seward

          Look into the jaybird bluebuds X then. That's pretty much what they are, and they are really excellent at it.

          • Cory_S

            I have them and love them. Even with their fantastic battery life though it is annoying to have yet one more thing to charge, and infuriating when you forget to and can't listen to anything. That's why I can't back the Dash. If 8 hours is sometimes not enough, then there is no way 2-3 could work for me.

          • Bob


            You got me all excited, then I looked those earbuds up. Friggen wires! These have no wires! Big difference!

        • Angelica Gerard


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          Also wireless charging in the 2nd gen.

      • codemonkey85

        I'm guessing the big difference between these and the BlueBuds is the persistent Bluetooth connection between the two Dash units, as opposed to using a cable.

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    • Matt

      It really wouldn't be bluetooth audio streaming if it has 4GB of internal storage, no?

      • blast0id

        way to get what these actually are... lol

        • Matt

          I get what they are. My point was that if you're worried about how long the battery will last you have 4GB of internal storage to stream from instead of adding the extra battery cost of streaming music from your phone. Perhaps I didn't make my point clear enough, but instead I'll just assume that I did and just say "way to get what my point was...lol"

      • Leonardo Farage Freitas

        The storage is for when you don't want to use it with a phone, using it only as a mp3 player. Having a internal storage doesn't exclude the capability of receiving audio stream through bluetooth, I would guess it even makes it better for it can have a larger buffer..

    • Samudra

      They should use inductive charging from the headphone jack to charge the headphones while you listen. Not Qi, but the other standard, which allows for like 3+ ft. distance of inductive energy transfer.

  • iheardulikemlg

    I'll buy these day one and promptly lose them.

    • sssgadget

      Then buy a pair for me. I promise I won't lose them.

  • Jadephyre

    What do you guys think, how fast will you lose the first one and curse yourself for having spent 200 bucks for this fanciful piece of kit :D

    • remister

      I would have to agree with this, I have the Jaybirds and I have lost the ear cushions, I am on the last set..

      • burntcookie90

        It's $10 for replacemnts, I had to get one myself.

        • Cory_S

          Highly recommend going with the comply tips instead. They seal like crazy.

          • ddpacino

            I've bought comply foams for the last several pairs of buds I've bought... all different brands.

      • uniquename72

        I make my own out of foam earplugs from Home Depot. Just cut them in half and poke a hole through the middle.

        They stay in better than any cushions I've ever used, last for months, and a bag of 30 costs like $5. Years later I'm still on the first bag I ever bought.

    • Leonardo Farage Freitas

      That surfing scene! I would say something like this would help a lot for making sure you wouldn't lose. It wouldn't need to be as bulky.. but still..

      • Glich

        I use these too as do a lot of my co workers. easy in and out over the day and the color keeps them from being lost easy. these look cool but i know i would leave them somewhere.

  • Tony T.

    This is such a neat idea. I hope it does well.

    Btw, pretty sure they said that there is a tracking feature so you don't lose them.

  • remister

    I would wait for a 2nd gen version of these, if they get to that point...
    Also wireless charging in the 2nd gen.

  • Evan314

    Very cool! Queuing Google acquisition in 3... 2... 1...

  • RaviShah

    All I could think while watching this is "Oh my god I live in the future"

  • Lederp

    I wonder if its worth the hours of overtime id have to do to get one of these. It might just be one of those kickstarters like pebble that will "revolutionize" everything or will it simply flake like too many kickstarters? *sets reminder for 48 hours before closure of funding*

  • Roseman Eisen

    These sound great but like others I'm constantly losing the ear cushions. Not to mention I like to go to bed listening to music so my ear buds go over constant stress. As awesome as they are I can't spend basically a week's amount of work on something I could lose in a day. That aside these look awesome I would love a yellow pair

  • Suhas Vemuri

    Google, an acquisition is in order.

    • abobobilly

      Google seems to pick potential acquisitions quite randomly so i for one, have been unable to "predict" their acquisitions.

      Whatever it is ... just wish Yahoo doesn't acquire this thing lol.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Why would yahoo need this?

        • abobobilly

          To acquire and then abandon it, so that no one else would remember it -.-

    • jcopernicus

      Google tends to acquire companies with actual tech or products.

      These guys have only done the acoustic portion, and are promising pie in the sky hardware integration. It's no wonder investors turned it down.

  • http://galaxynote3tips.blogspot.com/ Martens Nkem

    looks cool, i want one of these

  • nevetsg

    How do you charge these little mofo's? It says USB, do they each have a hidden port?

    • sssgadget

      Probably a docking station.

      • nevetsg

        No Docking station included in the package.
        Best I can see is in one of the pics of a prototype being held. Looks like a standard micro USB in the bud.
        The package should come with a Y shaped USB cable.

  • BozzyB

    It's nice but the playback time is kinda low with around 3 hr... Don't want to take away the "welcome to the future feeling" but back in 2008 (6 yrs!) there already was the Motorola H9 headset which is very similar to this one. It also had 7 hr talk time which is more convincing:

    • Anonymous

      Its 4 hours for music.

      • BozzyB

        If you use also tracking while music playback than it's 3 hours. There is also no word about talking time which could be directly compared to the Motorola H9. Also it is the expected battery time. Thats why I said around 3 hours. Even than, 7 hr of the H9 is quite more.

        • abobobilly

          I am more interested about the "charge" time this thing takes. Imagine if this thing can charge in just 10-15 minutes. Won't that be AWESOME?

          • Mike Harris

            Exactly how far in the future do you think we are?

          • abobobilly

            Well i know that SKYNET is soon going to take over the world in the form of NSA -__-

            And that we had a war with machines in like 2012 ... hello.

    • Plazmic Flame

      The H9 was great but given it's size, although it doesn't look like it, it would get a bit heavy on the lower opening of the ear.

    • Leonardo Farage Freitas

      Stereo or mono?

      • Jo


    • Anonymous

      everything I've seen about it says 7 hours from the portable charger, but only a hour and a half talk time from the actual headset, which is way less than awesome.

  • Kostas

    So whats the deal with charging? Where is the port?

  • Sorian

    Lost Device Tracking function
    ... from the kick-starter page, much needed since all ears are not created equally

  • guest

    I need that like a hole in the head: a transmitter going in one ear and right out the other!

    • h4rr4r

      So? If you are afraid of bluetooth I suggest you stay out of the sun. That thing is one hell of a transmitter on a great many bands.

  • Oobiewan

    shut up and... wait. actually, can you talk some more about it while you're taking my money? this is incredibly awesome

  • Brandito

    I see a lot of people that are way too optimistic and willing to throw away money

  • Digger

    I emailed the Project team noting the poor battery time. I was thanked but basically told to piss off. I don't see how this succeeds with 4 hours of play time. That is just poor for headphones. Those wouldn't even last a single cross-country flight. I like the concept but think they should concentrate on better battery time and less bells and whistles.

    • Jo

      The included case that comes with these is also a charger. It can give 5 full charges before needing charged itself. So while your storing your ear buds they are also charging. Very clever stuff.

    • A Griffith

      You're supposed to turn off your Bluetooth during flight. I'm reporting your post to TSA and Homeland Security. Prepare to be searched!

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    Although they're neat, I can't imagine the sound quality is anything to write home about. $200 for average sounding headphones is too much, and frankly, I really doubt it's even close to that much to build (probably like $100 at the most).

    • TY

      Don't forget R&D, marketing and after-sales service costs.

  • ElfirBFG

    If they ever make these that will last a 9-hour shift, I'm in. These wouldn't even last until my lunch break, so even if they have a <1hr charge time, they're useless to me, even if I didn't want to listen to anything on my break.

    • h4rr4r

      Have fun with your otitis.

  • coalminds

    Seems like the ideal workout headphones.

    • h4rr4r

      Assuming by workout you mean standing perfectly still, yeah. Otherwise good luck finding them.

  • Rook HD

    good luck finding these when they fall off during jogging lol

    • scott

      Need to have lanyards to attach to ear piercings

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    Can someone explain to me why it's a good Idea for these to have an IR optical sensor? They don't seem like the prime gadget for a remote control via line of sight.

    • Steph Chi

      Maybe for heart rate or/and blood pressure...

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    About damn time this stuff comes around

  • jake connolly

    Here have a totally new bluetooth headphone device, it's the first of its kind but oh wait it doesn't have 100 hours playtime don't want.... That's basically what the comments have become, yes it's cool but just like every other device that comes around this is the 1st gen version so isn't going to blow minds but still is on it's way to be epic

  • Sergio

    Block your ears 8 hours a day, every day, and you'll get an otitis in 3... 2... 1...

    • h4rr4r

      Yup. This will not end well.

  • Reg Joo

    The best way to protect from a bud, falling out of your ear, is to have a fine, mesh glove that fits over your ears. There has to be a way , otherwise, this could be a very expensive problem.

  • Deeco

    Wow, that's expensive alright!

  • Matthew Fry

    It says it charges via USB. Where's the port?

  • spidey

    Possible side connection with BB10 devices??