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SPLIT – Wireless music player that bites

ByTina R. Wimmer

Nov 18, 2018

The tiny SPLITarbuds headphones

This is how you control SPLIT

If you hate how wired headphones always get tangled and wireless headphones always seem to be and bulky, there might soon be a different solution for you – SPLIT. A unique pair of wireless headphones that are as small as they are innovative.

SPLIT, developed by Greenwing Audio of Florida which is currently trying to raise nearly half a million dollars on Kickstarter is a brand new kind of technology. It’s actually not just headphones, but a complete music player in your ear, including 256MB memory and player. The reason for the small memory is the small size of the headphones which don’t have room for larger memory (although future models may improve if the project is successful).

So what’s so special about SPLIT? actually a lot of things. In addition to being extremely small and wireless, the operation of SPLIT is radically different from anything you know. The headphones that also work as a player for up to 24 songs, are controlled using your mouth – more specifically, every time you bite (even a small bite should do the trick), you can skip a track. bite twice and you change the volume. Want to eat or grab some gum – no problem – hit the right earbud and the SPLIT locks in pretty cool (and a little weird…).

But the developers didn’t stop there. They incorporated a few other cool features. SPLITs are magnetic and charge and charge songs using a special USB charger cable from your computer. The SPLIT also uses a special crystal clock that synchronizes the two headphones without them having to send wireless signals (which would otherwise essentially travel through your brain). It also has a tiny accelerometer to monitor bites (specific movements of the jaw).

So who really needs SPLIT? People who play sports should probably appreciate the small size and lack of wires, people who hate wires in general (we know that) and more or less anyone who doesn’t have chronic jaw ticks.

There are a few things you need to keep in mind – SPLIT cannot work with your MP3 player or mobile phone (it doesn’t have BT or WIFI) and is basically a dedicated player + headphones in one product. Although actually 24 songs (more or less the device’s 256MB memory capacity) should be enough for most users for a good 1:30~hour workout – if you tend to workout longer, you should get used to listening to your music more than once (the battery itself should be good for about 4 hours). Finally, since they don’t have a wire, the headphones can fall out without you realizing it (especially if you pause the music).

SPLITs are currently on Kickstarter for a price of $155 and less than a month away, they have an ambitious goal of $435,000 to reach.

Video showing the SPLIT on Kickstarter