Tech News: Urbanista claims their solar-powered headphones can play endlessly.
Audio brand Urbanista wants to put an end to the problem of wireless headphones with active noise cancellation (ANC) running out. The company claims that the Powerfoyle solar cell material used on the Urbanista Los Angeles headphones can charge the battery with any type of light, not just solar energy. The idea is that you get “virtually infinite playing time.
If you’re out for an hour when the sun is shining, solar cell technology will add up to three hours of listening to the battery, according to Wired. Even if it’s a cloudy day, you will apparently get two more hours of battery life for every hour you spend outside. Ambient light also charges Urbanista Los Angeles, but you’ll recharge the battery faster if you leave the set near a window. Otherwise, you can charge the battery with a USB-C cable.
Powerfoyle was born from an idea of a Swedish company called Exeger. Apparently the material can be used in any design. Urbanista says this is the first time the technology has been integrated into the headphones.
However, JBL has also tried to use the technology. The company launched a crowdfunding project in 2019 with a similar goal of offering nearly unlimited playback options with its Reflect Eternal headphones. Partly due to the travel complications that come with it from the outbreak of COVID-19, JBL canceled the project, offering refunds to all supporters until the end of this month.
Elsewhere, Urbanista Los Angeles has full compatibility with iOS, Android, and Windows systems, according to the company, along with Siri and Google Assistant support. You can switch between ANC mode and ambient noise mode by pressing a button. Thanks to an in-ear sensing function, the headphones will pause the sound when you remove them and continue playing when you reposition them on your ears. There will be two color options, including a midnight black variant.
Whether the company’s debit claims hold up remains to be seen. Urbanist Los Angeles will cost £ 169 (around $ 200), but the company hasn’t opened pre-orders yet.