A Headset for Communicating
Batteries are a great way to run a pair of headphones because it means eliminating cables and uses a streaming audio technology like Bluetooth instead. The only problems with all this — even though pretty much all the headphones out there have batteries — is that you have to constantly recharge them and that means failure just when they’re needed most if there’s not an AC outlet or power pack nearby. What would be cool if the whole “green” idea of generating electricity from solar panels could apply to a pair of headphones — but there’s no way you’re carrying around a solar panel of any size just to be able to charge up a power bank to then turn around and plug it into a pair of headphones for recharging the built-in battery. What a hassle that would be. Of course if the solar tech was built into the headphones that could make it a lot more convenient to use. Anybody know of a pair of headphones using solar out there? Oh yeah, there is one, in fact it’s the worlds first solar charging headphones called SOLARE Communications Headset (catchy, yeah). It’s from Blue Tiger.
Solar Power Is Always On
So first what SOLARE isn’t is a 2 ear cup headset — you wouldn’t be wearing it because you got it for just listening to music since you can’t get stereo out of a single ear cup. That doesn’t mean you can’t use it for music, but obviously the design — being one ear cup held in position through a wide headband that sort of hooks on the other side of the head snugly, with a boom microphone coming out of the side where the ear cup is — highlights its use for doing in vehicle use (audio only duh) along with office/home office calls and zoom calls and conference calls and stuff like that. It’s not going to fit in your pocket or go into a charging case, but it is reasonable in size for hitching a ride inside a satchel or a knapsack or similar. And getting back to that boom microphone, it obviously swivels so as to be best positioned for the person’s mouth to talk into. Plus it’s embedded with tech for a high ration of noise cancellation so that what’s spit into it by the user gets sent on its way without surface noise/ambient hiss and crap like that.
Now as to the controls, but first lets note that there IS a rechargable battery in these headphones, just that it’s not going to be plugged into any outlet or such — it gets its charging and recharging from the solar paneling tech built in so it’s always charging as long as there’s some light happening. Total darkness, not. And as to the specs for this battery life, reasonably speaking it’s going to continue to charge against any light that hits it so trying to come up with “hours” doesn’t mean anything at all because it’s always charging whether it’s natural or artificial light happening.
Works The Same as If It Needed Charging but Doesn’t
Now as to those controls — obviously they’re going to have to circle around the ear cup because that’s all the real estate there is to work with — fyi, the ear cup doesn’t go over the ear but sort of holds up against it, being bigger and better than earbuds of course and allowing some ambient sounds to penetrate so as to not totally cut off the person from the environment that they’re in — so that’s where you can see both the amount of charge of the battery (a small LCD panel to view that requires taking off the SOLARE), along with other controls to the side butting up against the base of the boom mic for volume up/down, etc.
Now the Bluetooth tech is 5.0 which makes for a good and stable signal. In use, after pairing, you just put on the headset and use it — maybe give it a bit of time to first charge up near a window or not for a while. Because the solar “eating” material is thin and lightweight to make the entire experience of wearing the headset the same. For those who want to, you can use their free iOS/Android app to give you monitoring rights to how the light going into the headset is behaving. And in case it wasn’t obvious, both Siri and Google Assistant are in effect here.
For more details go to https://www.bluetigerheadsets.com/bluetigersolare