In Brief

The Vinci 2.0 headphones manage calls and tack fitness vitals

For those who enjoy outdoor activities, it can be tricky to decide to do with one’s phone while exercising. Many find they are weighed down by a phone when running or working out, and though there are products like armbands that hold your phone for you, they can sometimes slip out of place during very vigorous activity, which given how delicate and pricey phones can be, is a risk many people are understandably not willing to take.

China-based Vinci debuted their first generation headphones through a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2015, and using customer feedback gathered over the last two years, is now launching version 2.0 on Kickstarter. Boasting a quad-core processor, WiFi, Bluetooth connectivity, and 3G cellular via a built-in sim card, Vinci is able to make and receive calls, send text messages via voice command, set reminders to your calendar, give directions, and more, all by linking to a user’s phone, meaning it can be left at home during workouts or while running errands.

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Keeping in mind that these headphones were designed for those with active lifestyles, the product weighs only 86 grams and has a holding force of 150 grams, as well as a magnetic neckband to hold the earbuds in place during even the most rigorous activities. Vinci also recognizes hand gestures via a sensor on the earbuds to further simplify use during workouts. Swiping one’s hands up or down controls the volume, for instance, while swiping forward or backward skips or goes back a track.

Further boosting its credentials as the self-proclaimed “ultimate sports headphones,” Vinci has over 10 built-in sensors that track user vitals during workouts, including things like heart rate, speed, cadence, rotation, distance traveled, and more. Using voice command, users can ask Vinci for updates on these stats as they work out, while the headphones also provide encouraging feedback to help wearers finish a workout strong

With all of these high-end features, it can be easy to forget that these are headphones that play music, and Vinci is certainly no slouch in that area, featuring “immersive 3D sound,” 8 different noise-cancellation options, and a sophisticated music recommendation system that learns user preferences over time by syncing to services like Spotify, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, and more.

Vinci 2.0 is available for funding now on Kickstarter, where it’s already surpassed its initial funding goal. Backers have their choice of several colors, as well as the option to select between three different models (“lite,” “super,” and “pro”), each of which boasts increasingly more sophisticated features. The product starts shipping early next year.

Vinci

For those who enjoy outdoor activities, it can be tricky to decide to do with one’s phone while exercising. Many find they are weighed down by a phone when running or working out, and though there are products like armbands that hold your phone for you, they can sometimes slip out of place during very vigorous activity, which given how delicate and pricey phones can be, is a risk many people are understandably not willing to take.

China-based Vinci debuted their first generation headphones through a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2015, and using customer feedback gathered over the last two years, is now launching version 2.0 on Kickstarter. Boasting a quad-core processor, WiFi, Bluetooth connectivity, and 3G cellular via a built-in sim card, Vinci is able to make and receive calls, send text messages via voice command, set reminders to your calendar, give directions, and more, all by linking to a user’s phone, meaning it can be left at home during workouts or while running errands.