- Meizu launches light-up Halo Earbuds in China.
- Bluetooth earphones outfitted with Corning’s Fibrance glass and fiber optic lighting.
- Glowing buds set to retail in China from April for 999 yuan (~$158).
We’ve seen a huge shift towards headphones and earphones that hide or completely do away with pesky cables. Enter Chinese manufacturer Meizu with its new Halo earphones — a pair of Bluetooth earbuds connected to a glowing 1.5-meter cable that would look at home in an Ibiza rave or the set of cyberpunk movie.
You can see the striking earphones in action in the too-cool-for-school trailer below which features some youthful types doing various youthful things like skateboarding, playing drums on the back of truck, and… err… exploring a seemingly abandoned building.
The neon effect is made possible thanks to the glass experts over at Corning and its Fibrance optical fiber technology.
The thin light tubes are built from flexible glass which can be bent and twisted without breaking. Basically, it’s the most advanced glowstick you could possibly imagine.
The lighting is controlled via an app where users can select one of three modes, music, static, or flash. As well as connecting the two earphones, the cable joins together at the end where the battery is located.
With both the lights and earphones on, Meizu estimates that you’ll get around five hours battery or up to 15 hours with just audio. The battery holder also appears to double-up as an in-line remote with volume and calling controls, and an on-off switch for the lights, just in case too many people start looking at you funny.
The wireless aptX earphones will retail for 999 yuan (~$158) and come in either red or blue hues (via The Verge). Neon-lovers in China can pick up a pair from April, but there’s no sign of any international release details just yet.
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