Startups are transforming earphones into high tech pieces of kit that can translate languages, improve hearing loss and act as voice-activated assistants
Do you tend to stuff your earphones in your pocket? Or perhaps they’re buried in your backpack? When you’ve invested in a set of ‘hearables’, you might handle them more carefully. These in-ear computers could help you get fit, improve your hearing and translate foreign languages.
The global market for Bluetooth-connected and wireless earbuds and headphones will be worth $40bn by 2020, calculates Nick Hunn, an analyst and chief technology officer at WiFore Consulting. His figures show a surge in the sales of Bluetooth-connected devices, which surpassed wired headphone sales, the former market leader.