Unless you've been under a rock in the tech community, you'll know that this week is CES week - full of all the underdeveloped products, over-dramatic presentations, and rushed reporting that we see every year. Most of this week really isn't all that newsworthy, but it is certainly a spectacle to behold year-in and year-out.
Of course, there's the odd brilliant product you'll see there as well. From what I can see this year, that's Bragi Dash. A truly wireless set of earbuds that began life as a Kickstarter campaign, experienced several delays along the way, and arrived at this year's CES with the polish of a (hopefully) well-finished product.
The Dash is one of the first truly wireless pairs of earbuds to appear on the market - that is a pair of Bluetooth earbuds where two small pieces go into both your ears with not even a wire connecting the two. Other earbuds like this have had spotty connection issues due to their use of Bluetooth to connect the buds to each other, but the Bragi use a newer technology called Near Field Magnetic Induction - which should help them work more consistently through a human skull. Pair that with the ability to drop into a mode that lets in the real-world's audio with a swipe on the left bud, alter the play/pause and volume with a swipe or tap on the right bud, and you've got the most compelling set of wireless earbuds since the Powerbeats 2 that I reviewed earlier this year.
The Bragi Dash are already shipping out to Kickstarter backers now, and I'm looking forward to reading some of the initial reviews and seeing if the Dash are something I might pick up for myself. $300 is not a cheap price tag, but for a product that looks to push the bill this much more into the future of earbuds, I might end up being persuaded.