Anker’s Zolo Liberty+ hearable promises to solve the problems inherent in “traditional wireless earphones”, through enhanced technology to offer a “zero compromise” wireless headphone alternative. The hearable will be among the first devices to incorporate the new Bluetooth 5.0 protocol.

The company’s Kickstarter campaign, which began in June 2017, has vastly exceeded its fundraising goal of $50,000, totaling nearly $3 million by mid-August.

 

New Tech to Improve Connectivity

 

The Liberty+ is said to integrate the Bluetooth antenna with the earphone body itself, which offers a stronger connection and less chance of dropped signals. According to the company, using Bluetooth 5.0 means:

  • Doubled data transmission speed  
  • Bigger range  (approximately 10m)
  • 800% increase in data-transfer capacity  

Liberty+’s rechargeable battery offer 3.5 hours of streaming time and its charging case offers up to 48 hours of charging capacity. The devices are hydrophopic and nanocoated for moisture protection.

 

liberty hearable graphene

The Liberty+ offers a graphene driver for enhanced fidelity, according to the company

 

Unique features of the Liberty+ include the incorporation of a larger LDS antenna for superior connection, as well as a graphene-coated driver, which the company claims offers “superior sound across the entire frequency spectrum; with a dramatic enhancement for treble and overall clarity”.

Other features include:

  • Compatibility with Siri, Google and Alexa voice assistants
  • Audio transparency function

 

 

Early backers of the company’s Kickstarter campaign can get a set of the Liberty+ for $99/pair. The devices are expected to be available for retail sale in October 2017 for $149.

Clarity, a Tennessee-based provider of hearing loss products, announced last week the launch of their new Personal Sound Amplification Product (PSAP) the Clarity Chat. The device, available as a single behind-the-ear unit or as a pair, is dubbed as an “affordable and easy-to-use amplifier”.

According to the company, the 8 channel digital PSAP device can “help differentiate speech from background noise” during operation. Battery life is estimated between a week and ten days with normal use.

 

PSAP Offers Tech Usually Found in Hearing Aids

 

Like an increasing number of new PSAPs and hearable devices, the Clarity Chat devices offers many features normally found only in traditional hearing aids. Among the features are:

 

  • Digital signal processing
  • Adaptive feedback cancellation
  • 8 channel wide dynamic range compression (WDRC)
  • 12 band noise reduction
  • Voice prompts for low battery, program and volume changes
  • Sudden loud sound suppression
  • Four program options, including telecoil program

 

 

clarity psasp features

 

Availability

 

According to the company, the Clarity Chat is now available for purchase online and claims to have a 45 day money back trial period, along with a year warranty on the device.

The PSAP devices are currently priced at $499.95 for a single unit or $899.95 for a pair.