Zik headphones pack game-changing tech into sleek design

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 July, 2012, 12:00am


The launch of the new Zik headphones by wireless innovators Parrot and designed by Philippe Starck was not about flash: there were no celebs, no champagne or loud music, in fact the event mostly consisted of the media watching a commercial and then asking questions of Parrot executives - Asia CEO Elise Tchen, and Group Product Manager Theodore Sean. Not that anyone was complaining, as spectacle would have detracted from the headphones themselves, which packed enough bells and whistles into their sleek design to seem like something out of the not-too-distant future.

Much was made of the design last Thursday at their unveiling at the W Hotel, but more impressive than aesthetics was their game-changing technology. Entirely wireless, you can sync to your portable device by simply tapping it against the right earphone. Similarly you can advance a track, raise and lower volume, pause, or answer a phone call by tapping or sliding your finger along the earphone's surface.

Zik uses four microphones to achieve almost entire noise cancellation, and the speakers play as if the band was in front of you.

The most futuristic feature is the jaw sensors. Sensors hidden in the headphones map the movement of your jaw when you are on a phone call in order to differentiate the noise of what you're saying from the noise around you. Talk on the phone in the loudest situations and the person listening will only hear your voice. Wild stuff.