Eamey’s Primo 3 is a headset that combines activity tracking and audio playback, while doing away with wires. The low-cost accessory offers local audio storage alongside a built-in FM radio, and is currently the subject of a crowdfunding campaign.
If you’re not a fan of taking your smartphone with you when you go for a run, then the Primo 3 might be a good fit. While the accessory has been designed to link to a smartphone via Bluetooth (2.1 and 4.0), it’s also possible to store and play back audio locally via the built-in TF/microSD card reader, and there’s even an FM radio included.
There are controls on board for skipping songs and adjusting volume, and there’s a built-in microphone included, meaning you can use the headset as a hands-free kit for a connected smartphone.
China-based Eamey claims that the headset offers “excellent sound quality” as well as noise reduction tech. Given its low-cost nature, we’re somewhat skeptical about just how great the headset will actually sound, but without some hands-on time, it’s impossible to pass judgement.
Aside from its appeal as an inexpensive wireless headset, the Primo 3 could prove popular with fitness buffs. There are sensors onboard for activity tracking, allowing the accessory to record steps, calories burned and distance traveled.
There’s a rechargeable 190-mAh battery keeping the device running, which the company claims will be good for 24 hours of audio playback on a single charge. It’s also durable, with the wire that connects the two earpieces constructed from a flexible NiTi metal that snaps back into shape when the headset isn’t in use.
There’s also a social element to the device, with users getting access to an online community where they can share their activity stats, comparing them with those of other users.
The headset is lightweight, coming in at just 34g (1.2 oz) and will be available in a choice of black and white hypoallergenic finishes. Earlybird pledges for the accessory start at just US$13, with the final retail cost rising to $16 thereafter.
Eamey’s Pozible crowdfunding campaign has already exceeded its conservative $1,612 target, and is set to conclude February 12. The first Primo3 headsets are expected to ship to backers in March 2015, assuming they reach production.