Currently raising funds through Kickstarter, Glow are smart headphones that feature a glowing cable due to a specially designed wire that diffuses light from a laser.
The light can synchronise with the listener's music, providing a visual representation of the beat. It can also pulse to the user's heart rate, using an integrated sensor in the ear bud. Future plans include adding an accelerometer to allow the light to shift with the movement of the wearer's body as they exercise or dance.
Glow is made from Corning Fibrance – a wire designed for flexible lighting solutions. It behaves like a conventional headphone cable, allowing for ease of movement whatever the activity. The earphones are available in red, green or blue, with the option to change the brightness of the light through a corresponding app.
The earphones are fitted with a five-button remote that enables users to control sound, access a phone's voice control, or even take photographs remotely.
Looking for solutions that specifically fit their needs, consumers are looking to audio solutions with enhanced functionality beyond simply providing good sound quality – as seen by the rise of sports headphones at International CES this year. See our Personal Electronics report for more examples from the event.
For further insight into the use of responsive materials and digital colour to create enhancing and interactive effects, see the Spring/Summer 2016 Colour Spectrum, Interact.