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CES: Zik Parrot by Starck- 01.12.12

ziknew0.jpg ZIK Parrot by Starck: the Bluetooth touch-activated headset. There are a LOT of headphones (often with celebrities attached to them now) at CES ~ but these actually surprised me! It feels amazing, and i was fascinated by the user experience of it… in a nutshell, you bluetooth pair or NFC tap your phone to connect it to the headset, you swipe the capacitative touch panel (left/right for song flipping or up/down for volume), it pauses the song if you take it off and instantly picks back up when you put it on, has 3 microphones and a bone conduction sensor for your calls and active noise cancelation, and even has an app to control it all. 4 years of work has gone into these ~ and the prototype was surprisingly fun to play with at CES ~ take a peek at lots of design detail pics on the next page!

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Here’s a peek at the current app in development for controlling the headphones ~ it’s just as clean and simple as their new AR Drone apps… zik4.jpg

Great little details on extending the headphone size… zik5.jpg

This is the motion sensor (to detect if you’re wearing it) and the bone conduction sensor… zik6.jpg

Power button, mics, micro USB for charging, and line in… zik7.jpg

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We also popped in to the sound room to check out the new Zimku Solo speaker ~ it sounds awesome… and it was so nice and calming to step into the stark, white room amidst the CES madness. zik10.jpg

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