Zik by Starck: not just a pair of pretty headphones

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Most products by French designer Philippe Starck come with a simple yet elegant appeal, and the Parrot Zik by Starck headphones are no exception.

(Credit: Reuben Lee/CNET Asia)

However, what captured our attention about the Zik is really all the underlying technology it incorporates. Besides supporting active noise-cancellation technology, it also sports a touch-sensitive panel for tasks such as volume control. The Zik can be connected to devices via Bluetooth or a 3.5mm analog line-in. It even comes with compatible apps on iOS and Android smartphones.

What's most interesting is its on-board motion sensors that can detect when you are not listening to music. So when the headphones are resting on your shoulders, the music stops playing and vice versa. According to a company representative at the pre-CES Digital Experience event, the headphones also support bone-conduction technology that promises clearer calls.

While there is no confirmation on when the Zik will make its debut, it has been slated for a launch within the year.

Via CNET Asia



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