Right now, if you want to take your streaming music playlist with you on a run, you have the options of either strapping your giant smartphone to your arm or dropping $400 on an LTE-connected Apple Watch. Headphone maker Inspero wants to change that with the Vinci 2.0 sport earbuds.
They're an all-in-one 3G- or WiFi-connected, voice- and gesture-controlled pair of headphones that can stream your Spotify or Amazon Prime Music all by themselves from just about anywhere. That means no smartphone or smart watch required.
What's sweeter is that the Vinci 2.0 buds also come with Amazon's Alexa built-in, so you're also essentially taking an Amazon Echo with you on your workout.
Most of the stand-alone tricks the 2.0 version of the Vinci headphones can do match the functionality of last year's Vinci 1.5 cans, which are, most people would agree, too large to take for a long run.
One new pieces of tech special to the sportier 2.0 headphones is a bone conduction mic for better communication with the Vinci AI, Alexa or anyone you're on a call with while in a loud gym (because, oh yeah, the Vinci headphones can also make calls all by themselves). And there are also new social features for sharing music between Vinci 2.0 workout buddies and speaking back and forth while keeping the buds in via walkie talkie mode.
The Vinci 2.0 buds are hitting Kickstarter presale November 15, starting at a special Super Early Bird starting price of $79, which is 47-percent off of the expected $149 retail price.