Kickstarter superstar and do everything ear-bud headphones, Bragi Dash, made an appearance at CES yesterday. The CES Award winning wearable was not only there to touch and see as creator & CEO Nikolaj Hviid allowed someone to take a pair for a test run. Engadget was fortunate enough to be allowed to try out a pair and writer James Strew shared his experience;
“My time with The Dash was more about seeing the product for real. Testing the audio is difficult. I’m reluctant to pass any considered judgment until we get to really put them through their paces. But it might be a good time to mention that Hviid has worked with companies like Harman Kardon and AKG. He’s worked on numerous audio products. His team? They include members who’ve worked on products by Jabra. There’s software expertise from Samsung and the iPhone. The team is not green.”
And of course the fact you have something you can touch, feel and use – as opposed to crowdfunding vapor – is pretty encouraging.
“The most exciting thing about Bragi, and The Dash, is the sense that this will be a living product. Kickstarter backers can expect to receive theirs in February.”
Bragi recently revealed they expect to close a funding round either later this month or in February to “secure our growth”. Bragi also signed a partnership last month with Deutsch Telecom to cooperate closely for the European launch of the “genre defining wireless hearable”.
Bragi previously announced they would build 60 prototypes in December and, if that went well, another 680 units in January for developers and testing. Right now it looks like Kickstarter backers may expect their Dashes in February. For those of you who decided not to back the campaign April is expected to be the month for retail availability. Estimated price is $300 a pair.
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