Audio brand Urbanista wants to end the problem of wireless Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones running out of power. The company claims that the Powerfoyle solar cell material used in the Urbanista Los Angeles headphones can charge the battery with any type of light, not just solar power. The idea is that you have “practically infinite playing time.
If you’re outside for an hour when the sun is shining, solar cell technology will add up to three hours of listening time to the battery, according to Wired. Even if it’s a cloudy day, you’ll apparently get an additional two hours of battery life for every hour spent outdoors. Ambient light also charges Urbanista Los Angeles, but it will recharge the battery faster if you leave the device next to a window. Otherwise, you can charge the battery with a USB-C cable.
Powerfoyle is the brainchild of a Swedish company called Exeger. Apparently, the material can be used in any design. Urbanista says this is the first time the technology has been integrated into headphones.
However, JBL has also tried to use the technology. The company launched a crowdfunding project in 2019 with the similar goal of offering nearly unlimited playback options with its Reflect Eternal headphones. Due in part to travel complications resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, JBL canceled the project and offered refunds to all sponsors until the end of this month.
Elsewhere, Urbanista Los Angeles has full compatibility with iOS, Android and Windows systems, according to the company, along with Siri and Google Assistant support. You can switch between ANC and ambient noise modes with the push of a button. Thanks to an on-ear detection feature, the headphones will pause the audio when you remove them and continue to play when you put them back over your ears. There will be two color options, including a midnight black variant.
It remains to be seen if the company’s charge claims hold up. Urbanista Los Angeles will cost £ 169 (about $ 200), but the company has yet to open pre-orders.
Urbanista Claims His Solar-Powered Headphones Can Play Endlessly