World’s first solar-powered headphones | by Urbanista

One giant leap in technology innovation, the ‘Los Angeles’ by Swedish audio brand Urbanista are the first-ever self-charging, wireless active noise-cancelling headphones

Offering an entirely new way to listen to your favourite content on to go, from music to podcasts, the stylish Urbanista headphones convert all forms of light into clean, endless energy. How is this possible? The advanced solar cell material called Powerfoyle™, designed by Swedish innovation company Exeger, is sleekly fits into the headband to draw power from indoor and outdoor light. 

It’s all about the listening experience, so the 80-hour battery reserve, hybrid active noise cancelling, and “virtually infinite playtime” in the words of Urbanista, will play an important role in how the ‘Los Angeles’ are received by everyday consumers. 

James Day, enki’s Tech Editor, gives us his take on this new launch that’s creating a buzz in the tech world… 

“Just as putting solar panels on a house roof is the best way to harness the power of the sun, so it figures adding some to your own dome should have a similar effect. And yet, a pair of solar-powered headphones wreaks of gimmickry.”

“Remarkably, however, the tech really does work – even in autumnal Britain… although I appreciate naming them after a city from ‘The Golden State’ is more fitting than say the Urbanista Solihull.”

Does the focus on the new solar power technology detract from the quality that we have grown to expect from the Swedish brand?

“Solar power aside, the sound quality of Urbanista products has always punched above its weight when correlated with price, and the Los Angeles are no different.” James, say no more. 

Urbanista Los Angeles headphones are now shipping worldwide, available in Midnight Black now and Sand Gold is available for pre-order. Priced at £169. Buy them online

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