Jabra is the first company to produce a pair of truly wireless earbuds. While many suspect that Apple is eliminating their headphone port, few companies have been able to produce the technology.
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These new earbuds are called the Jabra Elite Sport, and they have a focus on athletes and fitness buffs. They have intelligent voice coaching and heart rate monitoring, making them truly revolutionary for any headphones. Going on sale on October 30, 2016, they will retail exclusively at Best Buy for $249.
The Elite Sports have all of the basics that you'd want in a wireless earbud, including a three-hour battery, a charging carrying case, water resistance, and an audio pass-through feature, according to The Verge.
The biggest news is that, just like Samsung's Gear IconX earbuds, there will be a built-in heart rate monitor. They promise 90% accuracy, but that will be difficult to deliver on because every ear has a unique shape. The real-time audio coaching uses that heart rate monitor and the Jabra Sport Life app that will have to be installed on your phone to track your progress during the workout. The feedback will likely tell you about time, distance, and pace.
They also promise high-quality audio, especially for phone calls. There are two microphones in each earbud so that your voice can be picked out without the background noise. You will be able to use voice command to answer the phone calls.
Wireless earbuds are extremely tricky, but they are going to become commonplace very soon - let's hope Jabra's Elite Sport starts us off on the right page.