More than often Kickstarter projects always manage to amuse me. Vinci 2.0 is one such Kickstarter campaign that caught my attention. The makers of Vinci 2.0 claim that it is the “World’s First Standalone Smart Wireless Headphones.” Yes, the Vinci 2.0 will work without a phone and seems like a perfect bet for those gym and jogging routines.
Most of the headphones or even smartwatch heavily rely on smartphones for their functionality. Despite adding a standalone GPS and an inbuilt music player one still needs to carry a smartphone to make calls or send a text. The makers of Vinci 2.0 have incorporated all the quintessential of a smartphone into a wireless headphone, thus eliminating the need to carry the smartphone.
Peeling the layers, the Vinci 2.0 is more than just a wireless headphone. The device comes powered by a Quad Core ARM Cortex A-7 processor along with other must-haves like the WiFi, 3G connectivity and Bluetooth connectivity. The best part, however, is that Vinci 2.0 offers support for 15,000 AI-powered Amazon Alexa skills. You can set reminders, send a text and even make a call using the wireless headset.
The audio needs are further addressed by an integration with Spotify, SoundCloud, Amazon Music and KKBox. Yet another useful feature is the headphone can push notifications from your smartphone no matter how far you are from it. With the Alexa in place, one can simply request a song or a playlist from Alexa with voice command support. As of now the Vinci 2.0 supports more than 20 languages.
Moving on, the Vinci 2.0 uses a bone conduction mic for better voice recognition in a noisy environment. This should allow the user to whisper voice commands in a club or a busy street without actually increasing their voice. The Natural Language Processing algorithm is designed to recognize your words and also the intentions. On a separate note, the Vici 2.0 sounds very similar to the “Winston”, an AI headset that features in Dan Brown’s latest fiction. All of these futuristic bits are backed by a 600mAh lithium-ion battery that is rated to last for an entire day of usage.
The Vinci 2.0 is live on Kickstarter and the pledge starts from $89 and is expected to be shipped starting from April next year. If you fancy an AI-powered wireless headphone that doesn’t need your smartphone to call and text than the Vinci 2.0 seems like the best bet.