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"FreeWavz Fitness Earbuds Successfully Funded on Kickstarter" - SlashGear
August 7, 2014

"FreeWavz Fitness Earbuds Successfully Funded on Kickstarter" - SlashGear

The FreeWavz fitness-centric Bluetooth earbuds we discussed a couple weeks ago have been successfully funded on Kickstarter, hitting and exceeding the campaign goal ahead of its deadline. Though they look like somewhat ordinary wireless earbuds, the FreeWavz double as a fitness wearable. The idea behind FreeWavz is a welcomed one -- rather than wearing a fitness tracker on your wrist and earbuds in your ears, you can simply wear an audio device that works as both. There's no cord attaching the two ear pieces together, and they're equipped with microphones for answering calls while listening to music. The ear pieces fit behind the ear to help keep them in place, using left and right volume controls and equalizers for ideal listening. Because they're marketed towards those who will use them while exercising, the earbuds are both sweat and water resistant, and designed so that one can hear both their music and the sound of a car approaching. On the fitness tracking side of things, the FreeWavz pull data on things like your heart rate, average speed, steps taken, duration of exercise, calories burned, and more. This information is available through a related mobile app for quick access. The Kickstarter campaign was aiming for $300,000, a figure that was hit about 11 hours before the deadline. At the time of writing, the total pledged sits at $322,549, with 1,568 backers.
FreeWavz Serves as Lead Sponsor for SuperHero 5K Walk / Run
August 9, 2014

FreeWavz Serves as Lead Sponsor for SuperHero 5K Walk / Run

On Saturday, August 9th, 2014, FreeWavz served as the lead sponsor for the SuperHero 5K Walk / Run at Lake Hollingsworth in Lakeland, FL. This 5K raised awareness and helped put a stop to bullying. Hundreds of people, and even dogs, dressed up as their favorite superhero for this good cause. FreeWavz raffled off two pairs of FreeWavz to two very lucky individuals!
"Earphones Set to Make Waves in the Gym" - CrunchWear
August 11, 2014

"Earphones Set to Make Waves in the Gym" - CrunchWear

Fitness tracking is of course a growing market,with wristbands galore offering a range of performance measurement, but the acquisition of Beats by Apple hints that a different approach may well prevail. Talking to Eric Hensen, the inventor of Freewavz, himself a doctor and self-confessed fitness nut, you get a sense of a man on a mission. Having worked on the impending launch of Freewayvz headphones for more than 5 years, he is clearly excited at the opportunities ahead. Eric came up with the idea for the Freewavz earphones whilst weightlifting. Not only did he not want to listen to other people’s music, he thought that a pair of custom fitted earphones, modelled on hearing aids, might offer a solution to accurately measuring heart rate and sports performance. In addition, he didn’t want to be foreced to wear both earphones and another “fitness” device to monitor his health. Developed over five years, the unique Freewavz earphones will roll out later in 2014, and Hensen is adamant that his product offers a breakthrough in giving users a better clarity on performance. The earphones use a unique Absorption Pulse technology to monitor heart rate and the user gets updated on calories burned, steps etc via an audio feed. According to Dr Hensen, the easy part was the idea; the harder part was shrinking the technology so that it was both compact and light. With that achieved, the company is launched on Kickstarter and offers opportunities for developers to get in on the wearable health boom.
"FreeWavz: Another Central Florida Crowdfunding Success" - Orlando Sentinel
August 19, 2014

"FreeWavz: Another Central Florida Crowdfunding Success" - Orlando Sentinel

Yet another tech startup in Central Florida has closed on funding for its product via a successful Kickstarter campaign. Melbourne-based FreeWavz, which develops wire-free earphones with built-in fitness monitoring, closed on $325,208 in funding on Aug. 7, with 1,591 people backing the project. Kickstarter, a leading crowdfunding website, allows people to support a project by donating to it. Usually donations are in exchange for an early version of a product, or some other recognition or promotional material, etc. Successful fundraising projects of more than $100,000 are still rare. The FreeWavz earphones aim at eliminating distractions during workouts. They were developed by ear, nose and throat surgeon Eric Hensen of Lakeland. Hensen said in a news release that the Kickstarter money would be used to bring the product to market. The company is now allowing pre-orders, according to a news release. The FreeWavz earphones are designed to track heart rate, calories burned, distance traveled, duration of workout, and oxygen saturation. They beam fitness data to the user’s mobile device, providing audible health stats in real-time. Among other features, they offer an adjustable mix of music and environmental listen-through settings, for each ear, and a one-touch feature for answering calls and hearing calendar alerts for example...
"5 Headphones You've Never Heard Of" - CBR
August 28, 2014

"5 Headphones You've Never Heard Of" - CBR

...Hitting the market later this year are also wireless earphones from FreeWavz, which claim to track a number of fitness metrics as they sit stably in your ear. The Kickstarter-backed headset monitors steps taken, calories burned, average speed, heart rate and more. The data is sent on to the users' mobile device, providing audible health statistics in real-time. Developed by ear, nose and throat surgeon Eric Hensen of Lakeland, they're designed in a way so that one can hear both music and environmental sounds, such as cars approaching, at once. The earphones work independently of each other, meaning there's no cord attaching the two pieces together. They're sweat and water proof, and come equipped with microphones for answering calls and calendar alerts - all while listening to music. The Melbourne-based company is now taking pre-orders via its FreeWavz online store, with a blue set costing $219, or pink for $249.
"The Ear Buds Will Play Music and Track Your Heart Rate" - Smithsonian Magazine
September 5, 2014

"The Ear Buds Will Play Music and Track Your Heart Rate" - Smithsonian Magazine

Later this fall, Apple will likely announce its iWatch, and it's safe to say it will quickly become the most talked-about piece of wearable tech not named Google Glass. This won’t be just a powerful little computer wrapped around your wrist, it will also be able to track your heart rate, the number of steps you’ve taken, the calories you’ve burned, how you've slept and on and on. Game over, right? Who’s going to beat Apple once it big-foots its way into the health tracker business? How about ear buds? That’s right, ear buds—but not the cheap ones that come with a new phone. No, we’re talking about much more sophisticated devices with sensors that will allow them to track much of the same health data as the iWatch, all, of course, while playing your music. The truth is that health trackers you wear in your ears may have a big advantage—they’re pretty accurate. That’s because blood flows steadily in and out of that part of the body and also moves through different parts of the ear at varying rates, which makes it easier to measure different body functions. Plus, ears, unlike arms, don’t move around much, making your data more consistent and reliable...[click for full article]
Hearables: Why the ear will make wearables ‘stick’ - Venture Beat
September 22, 2014

Hearables: Why the ear will make wearables ‘stick’ - Venture Beat

The market for fitness wearables is strong, but remains niche. According to a Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index, nearly 125 million Americans exercise regularly, the majority of which track their performance and are looking for convenient, motivational ways to measure their progress. Wearable activity trackers and fitness monitors have grown from stand-alone, single-function units to multifunctional smart devices. Pedometers that once only measured footsteps, now have many features to estimate sleep quality and even determine one’s activity type (running, walking, cycling, etc.). However, the sales of activity trackers, while growing, only hover around a few million units per year. Perhaps therein lies the disconnect. Activity trackers only track what your body is doing, not how your body is responding to what you are doing. It is the unique combination of accurately assessing one’s actions and the body’s response to those actions that makes for a truly compelling user experience. Maybe that is why Endeavour Partners found that one-third of American consumers who have owned a wearable product stopped using it after six months. Consumers are craving a wearable that autonomously monitors their activity and biometrics and seamlessly fits into their daily routine. The industry hasn’t produced a wearable device that will make consumers turn around on the way to the gym if it were left behind....[click for full article]
"Why Hearables Will Trump Wearables" - VentureBeat
October 21, 2014

"Why Hearables Will Trump Wearables" - VentureBeat

"The wearables fitness market is primed to explode – with CES predicting the market will eclipse $1 billion this year, and independent research suggesting 55 percent of Americans plan to use a wearable device in the coming year. However, most of the attention to-date has been on the wrist, with a barrage of new devices from wrist-worn trackers to sensorized smart “cuffs.” Meanwhile, a new category of wearables – “hearables” – is makings strides, leveraging a mainstream consumer accessory: the ear bud."...[click for full article]
FreeWavz Exhibits at TCS NYC Marathon 2014!
November 2, 2014

FreeWavz Exhibits at TCS NYC Marathon 2014!

FreeWavz exhibited at the TCS New York City Marathon Expo on October 30th - November 1st. We were ecstatic to introduce FreeWavz Smart Earphones to marathon runners and received a lot of exciting, positive, feedback! Expo visitors got to try on FreeWavz and many tried to shake the earphones off - no success! We raffled off 3 pairs of FreeWavz to a winner each day of the expo. Raffle winners, Matt Dague, Regina Lutz, and Kimberly Ferguson will receive their FREE FreeWavz in February 2015. We were happy to host an autograph signing with FreeWavz advisors, two-time US Olympian, Ryan Hall, and professional track athlete, Sara Hall. Ryan and Sara got to meet and take photos with some of their biggest fans! To view photos of our awesome weekend visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/freewavz. Our next expo will be in our backyard, Cocoa Beach, FL! Here we come Space Coast Marathon! Thank you NYC for showing us an awesome time!
2015 CES Innovation Award Honoree: Wearable Technology
November 11, 2014

2015 CES Innovation Award Honoree: Wearable Technology

FreeWavz is honored to receive the prestigious CES Innovation Award that is sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the International CES, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976. Applicant entries are evaluated on engineering, aesthetic and design qualities, intended use/function and user value, how the design and innovation of the product directly compares to other products in the marketplace and unique/novel features present. Products chosen as CES Innovation Honorees reflect innovative design and engineering in some of the most cutting edge tech products and services coming to market. FreeWavz scored highly across all judging criteria, joining a small percentage of other products that are given this honor every year.
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