Urbanista brings solar-powered headphone tech to true wi-fi earbuds


Urbanista is following up its solar-powered over-ear headphones from final yr with a pair of solar-powered true wi-fi earbuds referred to as the Phoenix, the corporate formally introduced as we speak. Just like the headphones, Phoenix makes use of Powerfoyle photo voltaic panels produced by Exeger to increase their battery life with energy from the solar’s rays. However not like the Los Angeles headphones which have photo voltaic panels constructed into the scarf, the panels aren’t included on the Phoenix earbuds themselves. As a substitute, they’re constructed into the Phoenix charging case.

The choice to shift the solar-charging tech to the charging case is smart given the small dimension of the earbuds. However it’s more likely to imply that customers must make an effort to maintain the photo voltaic panels directed on the solar. A headphone band on prime of your head goes to be ideally positioned to select up the solar’s rays everytime you’re utilizing them exterior, for instance, however most individuals are inclined to hold their earbuds’ charging case of their pocket or bag whereas listening out and about.

They’re accessible in black or pink.
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Urbanista says the Phoenix can get 8 hours of playback from the buds themselves. Mixed with the charging case, nonetheless, you’re taking a look at round 32 hours of complete playback, and this could improve by round an hour for each hour spent in direct daylight. As with the earlier Los Angeles headphones, the charging standing of the Phoenix may be tracked from Urbanista’s companion app, which additionally affords the choice of adjusting the earbuds EQ, or customizing its contact controls.

Away from the photo voltaic charging, different extra conventional earbuds options embrace IPX4 water resistance (which ought to imply they’ll deal happy with sweat however not a heavy downpour), help for Bluetooth 5.2, and a USB-C charging port to prime up their energy once they ultimately run dry. The Phoenix earbuds help energetic noise cancellation, have a transparency mode for listening to the world round you, and there’s additionally the choice of connecting to 2 gadgets concurrently (useful for taking calls on a cellphone with out forgetting a connection to a laptop computer). Out there coloration choices embrace black and pink.

On their very own, the earbuds look pretty typical.
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Whereas Exeger’s CEO Giovanni Fili confirms the Phoenix are the “world’s first Powerfoyle-powered true wi-fi earphones,” it’s much less clear in the event that they’re the primary solar-powered earbuds ever. An organization referred to as Pearl Audio beforehand introduced an Indiegogo marketing campaign to fund the same pair of earbuds, nevertheless it doesn’t seem as if these “AI-Powered Earbuds” ever really shipped. The marketing campaign’s final replace was from final November, and as of this writing its crowdfunding web page has been suspended and is full of feedback from backers requesting refunds.

In distinction, Urbanista has a significantly better observe document, having already launched a pair of solar-powered headphones final yr. However we’ll nonetheless have a bit of longer to attend for the discharge of the Phoenix, which aren’t resulting from ship till the fourth quarter of 2022. After they’re launched, the ought to be accessible globally at a worth of $149 (£129, €149).