Bose has sent out invites for a new product called ‘noise-masking Sleepbuds’, which it will be launching on June 20 in New York City. The product is a truly-wireless headset that is meant to be used when sleeping. It will play back soothing and relaxing sounds which will help users fall asleep quickly, and also mask out any other unpleasant sounds, such as the snoring of your partner or any machinery or vehicles near you.
The Sleepbuds were initially introduced by Bose as a prototype, and about 3,000 units were sold on Indiegogo at a reduced price. After receiving feedback from users, Bose is now ready to roll out the final product. According to CNET, the final product will likely be the same externally, but a chip inside the device will allow users to add new sounds to the Sleepbuds using a smartphone app. The Sleepbuds don’t connect to a smartphone like typical wireless headphones, and don’t play audio from any source device.
Instead, they only play back the pre-installed and added soothing sounds, and are only meant to be used for aiding sleep. There’s nothing more to this product; it isn’t a typical audio product and not one that will have any wide-ranging impact on the audio industry. In fact, the audience for such a product would be understandably niche. Essentially, only people who have trouble sleeping, and can afford the typically high price of Bose products would opt for such a device.
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Bose recently launched its SoundSport Free wireless headphones in India, priced at Rs 18,990. The truly-wireless headset does of course play back any audio from a paired device, and connects wirelessly using Bluetooth. It also comes with a charging case that lets you recharge the earbuds on-the-go.