Wearhaus, a startup aiming to change the way people share music, launched its very own $75k crowdfunding campaign on Tuesday for its new product, the Arc. The new wireless headphones will bring back the intimacy and fund of listening to music together. Inspired by a recent music festive “silent disco” trend, Arc uses Bluetooth technology to seamlessly sync multiple users’ headphones. Whether sharing a favorite song with a friend or broadcasting a playlist for fellow commuters, the sleekly designed headphones let users share music how they want.
The Arc headphones provide superior sound quality and a design that is both minimalist and customizable. Each earcup features an iconic, ring-shape backlight that can be set to any color via the mobile app; when other people tune in to your music, their lights pulse with the same color – a visual cue to tell who’s listening with you. A capacitive touch panel allows you to easily control volume, playback, and sharing with simple gestures.
Founder and CEO Richie Zeng stated, “Music has always been a medium for social interaction. Our goal is to help people connect with others through the music they love in an innovative new way.”
Users can control their listening experience using the Wearhaus app, available for iOS or Android. The app’s main screen will display the other listeners around the user and their current music. From here, tapping on someone’s song will sync your Arcs with theirs, as well as anyone else already tuned in with them. The audio is shared across multiple headphones using a proprietary Bluetooth mesh network. A variety of privacy settings are also available: the listener can choose to broadcast to any nearby Arc user, friends only, or to turn off music sharing entirely.
Originally, headphones were just tools for channeling audio,” co-founder and Thiel Fellow Nelson Zhang explained. “They’re now becoming more and more about good design and self-expression. With Arc, we wanted to take that creative, personal aspect to the next level.”
Wearhaus was built in Highway1, a hardware startup incubator owned by PCH International, the product development and supply chain company that creates, develops, and delivers products for Apple, Beats by Dre, and more. The first batch of Arcs headphones are expected to ship by this holiday season.
The campaign launched on the company’s website, where Arc will be available for a special backer’s price of $150. It will run until the end of May, but pre-orders will remain open afterwards at the full $200 retail value.
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