The Dash

1 April 2014Technology

From the recently funded Kickstarter project:

The Dash consists of a pair of discrete and completely wireless stereo earphones.They will playback music through a Bluetooth connection or use the embedded 4GB/1000 song music player. Everything about the design is focused on delivering freedom of movement, incredible sound and comfort. The Dash is awesome for sports and great for everything else.

Every six months or so I search for “wireless in-ear headphones” in hopes that some technological breakthrough has occurred. Like millions of others, I listen to music and podcasts on my way to and from work, and even use my headphones at work if I need some distraction from my surroundings. But I really don’t like having to connect a cable from my iPhone to my ears. On many occasions I’ve nearly yanked my phone off my desk when standing up too quickly. And I find that my headphones often pop out of my years because the cable snags on my shirt or jacket. But any time I’ve searched for wireless in-ear headphones, the offerings disappoint – most are bulky and the two ear pieces are almost always connected by a piece of plastic or an ugly wire.

To my surprise, today’s search presented ‘The Dash’ which looks like the answer to my wireless in-ear headphone prayers. The list of features is very lengthy and the marketing video is pretty slick. I want to believe that this product will do everything it says, and do it well. But I just don’t see it being that easy. How can something so small do all those things and still have decent battery life? I’d be willing to buy ‘The Dash’ if all it did was sync to my iPhone for music streaming, assuming it could maintain a constant connection and didn’t need to be charged every few hours. But the product being marketed seems way too ambitious, way too good to be true. I hope I’m proven wrong.