Here’s how it works: instead of speakers, Zungle’s system places two tiny motors on either side of your head. These motors then send vibrations through your bones that come out as sound to your ears.
If that wasn’t cool enough, they also come jam packed with features you’d get from a regular set of wireless headphones. So, you can still enjoy bluetooth audio playback, a built-in mic, and even control audio volume with a jog dial button. It’s no wonder why this project has raised more than $200,000 above it’s original goal.
However, with every new start-up, there comes an equal set of let downs. Headsets like these, are notorious for having terrible battery life expectancy. With only 4 hours of audio playback, you won’t have nearly enough time to enjoy every Taylor Swift album known to man; but with an expected 1 hour recharge time you’ll be back to carpool karaoke before you know it.
As for the aesthetic appeal, they look a lot like those 3-D glasses they give you at the movies. If you’re not going for that look, Zungle made sure it’s frames were compatible with the Oakley frog lenses.
The Zungle Panthers are currently being sold for $109 until its Kickstarter campaign ends on July 16. The estimated delivery time is set for November of this year, just in time for the holidays.