FreeWavz In The News

"5 New Wearables" - YahooTech
July 28, 2014

"5 New Wearables" - YahooTech

Wearables are where it’s at. But there’s more cool stuff available than just Google Glass, clunky nerd watches, and a bunch of big-name fitness bands. Here are some different and up-and-coming wearables gadgets you probably haven’t heard of … yet FreeWavz headphones- these new bluetooth earbuds have two special tricks. First, there is no wire between them, so there’s nothing to get tangled up. Second, they’re fitness earbuds. They measure your pulse, and even blood oxygen levels, by shining a light through the front of your ear and then reading the color and density of the light that’s picked up by a sensor on the back. FreeWavz is currently a Kickstarter project....
"Wireless earphones designed for running also track fitness" - Springwise
July 28, 2014

"Wireless earphones designed for running also track fitness" - Springwise

Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, Freewavz is another brand of fitness earphones that combine wireless technology with in-built exercise tracking capabilities and audio feedback. Designed by ENT specialist Dr Eric Hensen, the headphones are developed to form a snug, secure fit around and inside the ear. Using Bluetooth to connect to smartphones, the devices are able to play music while also ensuring a level of ‘listen-through’ to keep users aware of the sound of nearby vehicles. They also act as a Bluetooth headset, enabling user to answer phonecalls or control their phone through voice commands. On-board sensors mean the headphones are also capable of accurately monitoring a number of metrics, including heartrate, calories burned and blood oxygen levels. Through audio feedback, real-time notifications are provided to help athletes keep track of their performance.
"FreeWavz Fitness Earphones Reach 300K Kickstarter Goal With One Day To Spare" -Android Police
August 6, 2014

"FreeWavz Fitness Earphones Reach 300K Kickstarter Goal With One Day To Spare" -Android Police

Kickstarter projects appear in any number of shapes and sizes. FreeWavz smart earphones come in at the small end of things. These wireless buds aim specifically at the more active people among us who are tired of cables getting tangled and holding them back, their adrenaline-pumping heavy metal music drowning out the environment around them, and having to carry around so many gadgets to monitor their fitness levels. Now the project has narrowly managed to reach its $300k Kickstarter funding goal with just a day remaining, gathering pledges from over 1,400 people. FreeWavz are designed to sit stably in a person's ears and stream music over a Bluetooth connection. Microphones are tucked away inside so that the buds can, as generally undesirable as it sounds, let noise in. This way bikers and runners can remain aware of their environment without having to resign themselves to running in silence. One microphone is catered towards voice while another gathers background noise, so wearers have some control over what they want to hear. The buds can track a number of fitness metrics, such as steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled, average speed, heart rate, and the like. The information is relayed to the mobile device they're paired to. Though as cool as this sounds, turning to FreeWavz for activity tracking may result in pressure to put on earphones probably more often than you would otherwise want, even if it does mean wearing one less bracelet. tablet. And, of course, these things also serve as Bluetooth headsets for calls.
FreeWavz Attends Galindo Tennis Exhibition
August 10, 2014

FreeWavz Attends Galindo Tennis Exhibition

On Monday, August 10th 2014, FreeWavz visited the Galindo Tennis Exhibition to support professional adviser, Adrian Menedez, as he played in a tennis exhibition against Hugo Armando, former World Top 100. Adrian and Hugo played with Galindo Tennis Camp members and closed off the night with an intense game of singles. Adrian Menedez will be playing in the U.S. Open later this month. Best of luck Adrian!
"5 Crazy New Activity Trackers" - Shape Magazine
August 25, 2014

"5 Crazy New Activity Trackers" - Shape Magazine

This may very well be the most advanced all-in-one fitness tracker yet. Designed by an ear, nose, and throat physician after years of study, FreeWavz are cordless headphones that hook around your ear—sans annoying wires—and track your heart rate, calories burned, distance traveled, duration of workout, and even exertion. You can control which metrics you want to hear reported and how often, and they can also be configured to partially tune into the environment, which comes in handy during long runs on busy streets.
"Lakeland Doctor Launching New Type of Earphones" - Bay News 9
August 31, 2014

"Lakeland Doctor Launching New Type of Earphones" - Bay News 9

An ear, nose and throat doctor in Lakeland is launching a new product that consumers might like the sound of. Doctor Eric Hensen, with Lakeland Regional Medical Group, invented a new set of wireless earphones called FreeWavz. “Well it got started because of what I do for a living, what I saw when I worked out in my personal life and in some of my patients,” Dr. Hensen said. The Bluetooth earphones have a host of features. They will cancel out noise, allow you to make a phone call, and even check your pulse. “Let’s say that you’re riding your bike or you’re running, and you want to keep one ear to music and you want to keep one ear on the road or road noise behind you,” said Dr. Hensen. “You can actually program that so it has directional enhancement that will pick up the sound coming from behind you.” Doctor Hensen is hoping his head phones will also help save people’s hearing. “You’re allowed to have that punch if you will when you have a good song but we don’t let you stay there," said Dr. Hensen. "Our device brings you back down to a safe level.” The sleek, Bluetooth earphones will run you a little more than $200. Doctor Hensen says he plans to keep the production of the headphones local and they’ll be available soon on the company’s website.
Kickstarter Update #20 - Progress Report
September 11, 2014

Kickstarter Update #20 - Progress Report

Since our last update, we have continued to make great progress in our product development. We have worked through a couple new prints, fit tests, and tweaks to the point where our mechanical engineering of the design is nearly complete. We are going through a final check before production plastics. We have also been working with our acoustical engineers to provide even better audio range and performance quality. The prototypes of the earbud insert have been fit-checked and the memory foam is amazingly comfortable. In addition, we have taken the time to double the resolution on our heart rate and oxygen saturation sensor. This will enhance measurement accuracy under a variety of conditions. The above efforts are being performed in the interest of providing the best fit, usability and quality of performance. While the time we are investing in these areas will stress our schedule a bit, we still show shipments beginning in early December and we are looking at opportunities to ship the special edition green and pink in November. Meanwhile, embedded software and App updates continue on schedule, with work initially being done on the Android app, which will be followed by the iOS app, both of which are scheduled for completion in advance of product release. Lastly, we are finalizing the design of the carrying case and the outer package. Our Creative team has developed some really exciting options and I look forward to sharing those in the next update. Thanks again for your support of FreeWavz.
Kickstarter Update #21 - October Progress Report
October 3, 2014

Kickstarter Update #21 - October Progress Report

Backers! At the time of our last update we reported that the design and layout were nearing completion. In the process, we took a step back and asked, “Have we done everything we could to make your FreeWavz as sleek and form fitting as possible?” As anxious as we were to button it up and move forward, the answer was, “No, we can do better”. We determined that, If we could curve our battery, it would shave off a couple millimeters here and there, enough to make an impact and make FreeWavz look even better. Well, that idea was easier said than found. Click title to read full update...
Kickstarter Update #22 - Progress Report
October 27, 2014

Kickstarter Update #22 - Progress Report

Dear Backers: We have made great progress with development since the last update. The board and electronic components that will ultimately be delivered to you have been ordered. Of course, before we ship final units we will get certification and final user feedback, but production time is starting to come into view. As I mentioned in the last update, we have trimmed up the FreeWavz by redesigning a new, curved battery, and we were successful in thinning the form factor while still maintaining enough space for the desired battery capacity. The result is a sleeker design! We are also nearing completion of the Android app and are starting work on the iOS version. Both will be completed before product release. We are making some tweaks to the appearance and style of the screens and will have screenshots for the next update...[click for full article]
"Wearable Tech Takes Off!" - Running Insight
November 4, 2014

"Wearable Tech Takes Off!" - Running Insight

According to research published by ihs.com, the market for wearable technology is estimated to reach $50-60 billion in revenue by 2018. Although only a segment of the larger market, sales of sophisticated sports watches, fitness trackers and Bluetooth-enabled accessories represent a big business opportunity for running specialty retailers. Initially, expensive sports watches that used GPS technology to track time, speed and distance were used by more elite hardcore runners. Today, as running participation continues to grow and device prices have decreased, more runners are looking for this information. [...click title for article. Pages 11-18]
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