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Sound - World's most comfortable smart headphones.
The future of how you hear, share, and connect with your world.
Human Incorporated
Seattle, United States
$517,955 USD raised by 2327 backers
345% of $150,000 
flexible goal
No time left
Overview
Human is building a headphone for you. A headphone inspired by the design of your ear. A headphone that attaches comfortably and securely as you move through each part of your day. And we're building a headphone that allows you to hear and connect with others and your surroundings in entirely new ways.
Prototype Stage
Prototype Stage

 

 

Sound offers six modes that empower you to connect with the people and experiences that matter most to you. Each mode is powered by a harmonious relationship between the Human app and device. These include: Fade, Amplify, Social, Speak, Active and Sleep.

 

SHARE AUDIO WITH OTHERS - Social's "one-touch sharing" allows multiple listeners to share and enjoy audio in live-time. The days of sharing links to songs or videos are over and the head-phone splitter is no longer necessary.

Sharing Redefined...

  • Search for other Sound listeners, via the app, and enjoy audio with them - in live-time. 
  • Accept or deny share requests from other Human listeners.

AMBIENT NOISE CONTROL - Fade activates an ambient noise system to block out your external environment, or increase it's volume. It ultimately allows the listener to have a connective experience with the world, while enjoying their personal audio. Hear and converse with a workout partner while enjoying your gym playlist and be aware of oncoming traffic while podcasting during your bike ride to work.

Fade offers three experiences:

  1. Connect with and be aware of your surroundings by increasing the volume of your external environment.
  2. Select noise-isolation to block out the world for private listening.
  3. Adjust the volume of your surroundings while enjoying audio and content from a Bluetooth device.

LOUDSPEAKER MODE - Bring both earphones together to turn Sound into a loudspeaker that truly fills the room during any gathering or party. Sound's two high decibel drivers and our reverb chamber make it all happen.

Fill the Room...

  • Experience a rich loudspeaker experience with a small group of friends.
  • Use both Amplify and Social features, simultaneously, to connect multiple Sound units to the same audio source -- and fill the largest of spaces with a truly booming sound.

CONVERSATIONAL LANGUAGE TRANSLATION - Have a bilingual conversation with other Sound users, by utilizing Sound's live-time language translation system. Sound currently supports up to 8 different languages.

BIO-METRIC MONITORING - In and around the ear is one of the strongest pulses on the human body. Receive accurate stats, in live-time, on your physical activity and health.

REST SMART - Be lulled to sleep with noise-isolating rhythms and track sleep cycles in low-power mode. Then, be gently awoken via your preferred playlist or alarm.

 

 

Sound contains a suite of custom hardware components that no earbud can match, they enable touch and button-less control and all day battery. 

 

CAPACITIVE TOUCH CONTROL - Sound's touch-control system transcends other touch technologies by taking advantage of the device's outer real estate. Using natural human motion, listeners can execute multiple playback controls -- including volume adjustment, pause, play, skip a track, replaying a track, accept/deny call, and additional feature controls.

12+ HOURS - Our large battery allows you to listen throughout each and every part of your day and it's charged via a wireless induction charging pad.

INTUITIVE CONTROL - Power Sound to life by simply pulling the earphones apart and turn Sound off by bringing the earphones together. Once the earphones are brought together, Sound enters low-power mode. The hardware shuts down when left untouched. Activating Amplify on your app, overrides low-energy mode.

Pause audio by removing Sound from your ears. Resume playback by placing Sound back on your ears.

 

 

Sound's design is not only novel -- it's essential.

Sound's design provides the space to house our advanced hardware and support our superior software, while still being unobtrusive and securely attached to the listener's head.

 

AN UNMATCHED FIT - Earbuds easily fall out, and bulky designs stretch across the top of the head. But, Sound's total-encapsulating design creates a secure, yet comfortable, attachment that no other design can match.

WIRELESS FOR AUDIOPHILES - Sound's proprietary speaker assembly and acoustic-sealing design creates a high-quality audio experience unlike any other wireless product to date.

OUR INSPIRATION: THE EAR - Sound's design embraces the natural beauty of the human ear, acting as an extension of the ear. No other audio device attaches, yet supports, the design of the ear like Sound. We consider the ear the best human-centered audio device in the world. We're creating the second best.

 

Sound’s design enabled us to house a large suite of superior hardware components. This enabled us to deliver all day battery life, an advanced PCB, a proprietary speaker speaker assembly and more. Sound's development team worked hard to provide internal space for function while maintaining a sleek and beautiful outer appearance.

 

 

 

 

"Revolutionizing what we know about wireless headphones, Human's new earphones are nothing like any Bluetooth headphones on the market." - HIGH SNOBIETY

"Human's Sound headphones really aren't headphones; the way you know them..." - WIRED

 
 

12+ HOURS - Enjoy Sound all day long. And charge via a wireless induction charging pad that comes with each unit.

 

Sound accommodates humanities diverse size-spectrum via 4 sizes. Our seamless size capturing system will be available to backers shortly after our pre-order sale concludes.

  1. Download & Open Sound App
  2. Press Phone to Ear
  3. Our ear-sizing system instantaneously calculates your Sound size

 

 

 

Question Answer
When will they ship if I preorder? When will I receive them? Please see shipping details for each product offering as shipping dates vary.
Are there buttons on the pieces? Or only touch? Sound has a buttonless design that utilizes a natural user experience to adjust volume, navigate tracks, take calls and control several of Sound's app-driven features.
Are there different sizing options? How many? Sound comes in four sizes. Following our pre-order campaign, Human will release a convenient sizing experience that allows you to identify your own unique size by simply holding your phone up to your ear. 
Are these headphones? Sound is the evolution of personal audio. Its design is inspired by the human ear and the device's suite of features transcends headphones as they’re currently defined. Rather than build another bulky headphone or easily-lost plastic earbud, Human is building a fresh design that comfortably and securely attaches to the ear, combines multiple industry-bending functions, and acts as an extension of the human body. Features are expected to include Social, Fade, Amplify, Active, Sleep and Speak. 
Can you do other things besides listen to music? Like amplify the natural sound already around you? In addition to Sound’s core audio functions, touch controls, and revolutionary form and fit, our core pre-sale offering will include three additional features for beta testers. The core features will be Fade, Amplify and Social.
How accurate is the language translation? Sound's language translation system is made possible via a comprehensive and expansive language translation engine. Accuracy is affected by clear pronunciation and articulation.
How do they stay on your ears? Are they secure enough to work out and exercise in? Sound has a unique design that securely attaches to the user's ear and provides a rich acoustic experience. The fit of the device is secure enough for the most vigorous activity, and comfortable enough to fall asleep with. 
How far of reach will the Bluetooth connectivity have? Sound supports both Classic Bluetooth(R) and Bluetooth(R) LE. While our hardware has been optimized for better RF performance, official specs will be released soon for connection distance. 
How good is the sound quality? Sound provides industry-leading sound richness and quality, especially at the low end of frequency response. Our proprietary speaker assembly is optimized for the Human ear (20-20khz). 
How much will they weigh? Sound utilizes lightweight materials and feels comfortable and light on the ears. The approximate weight is to be determined upon final production model. Weight constraints were studied with and industry-leading human factors lab in Seattle, WA to determine the optimal weight for the product. 
How long do the batteries last? How do I charge them? Sound's battery life is expected to lead the majority of the wireless market with 12+ hours, enabling the user to listen through their entire day. Final battery life specs will be released upon production finalization, coming soon. 
How loud is the amplify feature? Enough to be a replacement for speakers? Each earphone includes a high-decibel speaker. The listener can place Sound's earphones together and activate Sound's "Amplify" feature to fill an entire room. Multiple Sound units are expected to able to be daisy-chained together, via combining Social and Amplify.
How much are they going to cost? Sound will go on sale on 9/20 for a special price of $170 USD. On 9/21, Sound can be purchased for $200 USD.
How much time will I have to order? On 9/20 we will launch a pre-order campaign. Pre-order quantities are limited, so make sure to pre-order sooner rather than later. 
How will you handle updates? We will continually post campaign, manufacturing, and fulfillment updates throughout our pre-sale campaign. The Human Team software updates will be sent OTA via the Human app.
I want to be an influencer, who do I reach out to? Please send us a direct message if you are interested in endorsing or representing Human and the Sound Program on social media. 
I wear glasses - will these get in the way? No, Sound was designed so that glasses should not impact your experience. 
If your friend is listening to music from their phone, can you connect to their phone, too, and listen to the same song at the same time? Yes, multiple pairs can be connected to a single audio source. 
What are these called? Our pre-sale product is called "Sound." 
What features come standard? Is there more than one model? Our Core Offering includes Amplify, Fade and Social features. Additional features will be available to select beta testers. 
What time will pre-sale start? Timezone? Our pre-sale will be made available to the public at 5:00am PT/8:00am ET. 
What's your return policy? After receiving our product, any backer who is not completely satisfied with the product may return it within thirty (30) days to receive a 100% return of their pre-order contribution. (Specific terms and conditions of our warranty and refund policies to follow.)
When will they be released? Where can I get them? The product will be available for online pre-order starting 9/20 via Indiegogo. 
When will this hit the open market? Our Pre-Sale offering is available to customers worldwide.  
Where are these made? Human is working with several of the largest OEM in the global consumer electronic space and is already underway with production planning. We aren't sharing detailed supply chain information, but will have more details to share in the future. Sound involves custom and proprietary components. 
What are Sound's tech specs? A full list of specs is provided above. 
Will international shipping (to all countries) be an option? Yes, international shipping will be an option. 
Will sleep, speak, and active be included in the presale? Or just fade, social and amplify? Our non-beta categories (Launch Special, Core Offering, Couple, Group, Gift, etc.) include Social, Fade and Amplify. We have separate, limited quantity beta categories for Sleep, Speak and Active. 
Will the addition of Active, Speak, and Sleep require a hardware upgrade? Or software? We'll have more details to share soon on this process. 
Will these be able to help people who experience hearing loss? As a replace for hearing aids? Although they are not intended to be replacements for hearing aid devices, our Fade feature allows the listener to Amplify and control their external auditory environment. 
Will these work with any phone? They will work with Android and iOS devices.
Will they have different color options? Sound will come in four colors. White, black, light grey and dark grey. 
Won’t these be really uncomfortable to wear to bed? Is the sleep feature even reasonable? Sound is built with skin sensitive materials and is designed for optimum sizing and comfort for all Humans, ensuring a comfortable yet secure fit. Sound is also incredibly light and engineered to utilize for sleep if needed. A comfortable fit was a central goal of our development team. 
What are the differences between Social, Fade, and Amplify? Social will allow multiple listeners to enjoy the same audio simultaneously. Fade will allow listeners to increase or block out the noise of their surrounding environment. Amplify will allow the listener to turn Sound into a loudspeaker by simply placing both earphones together. 
Can I only pre-order one? We welcome you to pre-order as many units as you would like.  
Do you have an actual product image rather than pictures of the product on the models? Please see above for full video and still images of the product's component breakdown and specs. 
Why are you launch on EST when you're a PST company? Human chose to launch during ET because of the media cycle that begins on the East Coast.
How do these compare to Beats, Bragi, other headphones..? In total, Sound will have more functionality than any other audio device on the market and transcends the definition of "headphones" as it's currently defined. The product will also provide market-leading battery life, sound richness and quality. 
What are these made out of? The device is made out of a highly specialized silicone material that ensures a natural feel, as well as a comfortable and secure fit. 
Does the $170 launch pricing include shipping and handling? (How much will shipping cost within the US primarily, I would assume international shipping is calculated when checking out) The $170 special is for 9/20 only. Shipping within the US will be $15 and worldwide will be $30. 
Is there any way to get this earlier? Are you going to do public product testing? Our goal is to under promised and over deliver at Human. A calculated ship date has been submitted but our goal is to ship as soon as possible. Please review perk levels for shipping dates and details. 
If I preorder, will there be some sort of upgrade program so I won't have to buy next Gen at the full price? All Indiegogo pre-order customers (regardless of perk level) will be given the exclusive first opportunity to experience our official release of Active, Sleep and Speak (post-beta). Details to come after the campaign.
Who do I contact about implementation in AR products? We designed our Bluetooth(R) system to accommodate and integrate with as many other devices or emerging technologies as currently possible. For more questions, contact general@humaninc.com.
Won't my ears get super sweaty and itchy when I wear these? Sound is built with skin sensitive materials and is designed for optimum sizing and comfort for all Humans, ensuring you have a comfortable yet secure fit. Sound is also incredibly light and engineered to utilize for sleep if needed. A comfortable fit was a central goal of our development team. 
Will I get an email to remind me it's launch day? If you have signed up for our email updates, you will receive an email on 9/20 to remind you that we are live. 
I just shared my link for a chance to win (2) free units by having my friends RSVP for the product launch. Do you keep my name in your database? Or, how do you keep track who signs up, etc? If you participated in our Share and Win email referral program, your name was automatically placed into our database. 
Is the product available for preorder on 9/20, the official version or is this a tester? Our Indiegogo campaign is centrally focused on the first global retail release of Sound. Pre-sale non-beta perk categories (Launch Special, Core Offering, Couple, Group, Gift, etc.) are not test units.
What kind of support services do you offer? I've been spurned by start-ups in the past, so what kind of customer guarantees are you offering, if any? I noticed a distinct lack of transparency regarding this. Human strives to offer a community engagement and customer service experience that transforms the way people view young ventures, especially those engaged in pre-sale offerings. We have a team of dedicated professionals who ensure all backers and interested individuals are heard and engaged.
What kind of guarantee/warranty does it cover with the pre-order, if it's not there already? We anticipate offering a one-year, limited warranty with our product. Additionally, after receiving our product, any backer who is not completely satisfied with our product may return it within thirty (30) days to receive a 100% return of the backer's pre-order contribution. (Specific terms and conditions of our warranty and refund policies to follow.)
Is beta open to anyone? How do I sign up? On 9/20, there will be an option to purchase Active, Speak or Sleep beta units. This is the only way to be one of our beta testers. 
Will there be Beta testing? If so, when? The only way to test our beta units is to be one of 100 to purchase a Sleep, Speak or Active unit. This opportunity will be live on 9/20. 
May I know which languages does it translate? Currently, we plan on releasing seven of the most widely used global languages with our translation mode. We expect to release more language options after initial beta testing and market feedback is gathered.
What kind of customer service will you offer? Human can be contacted via our "Contact" page on Humaninc.com. We strive to offer a community engagement and customer service experience that transforms the way people view young ventures, especially those engaged in pre-sale offerings. We have a team of dedicated professionals who ensure all backers and interested individuals are heard and engaged.
Is it sweat/ water proof? Sound's composite materials are designed for comfort and breathability. The initial release will be moisture resistant.
Will Sound work with Siri? Sound will work with voice capable/enabled system that are profiled on any Bluetooth master device (i.e. smart phones).
How did you determine product sizes? We conducted a massive ear-spectrum study with an internationally acclaimed bio-analytics firm to produce a range of sizes that can accommodate the majority of the human species. Human has developed a specialized smart phone application that will determine customers' ear sizes by simply holding your ear up to your smartphone.
Perks
$200
USD
+ Shipping
Sound Special (50% off)
Earn a $200 discount on Sound ($400 Retail Value). Receive one pair and one application download (iOS or Android). Audio has officially evolved. Signature features include: Social, Fade & Amplify.
809 out of 2000 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2017
Estimated July 2017
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$400
USD
+ Shipping
Couple (50% off)
Earn a $400 discount ($800 Retail Value). Receive 2 units and 2 application downloads. Audio has officially evolved. Signature features include: Social, Fade & Amplify.
79 out of 2000 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2017
Estimated July 2017
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$500
USD
+ Shipping
Active - BETA
Receive one unit, one application download in July, and be one of the exclusive 100 individuals to test the beta release of Active via a special Beta app update available in October 2017.
3 out of 100 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated October 2017
Estimated October 2017
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$500
USD
+ Shipping
Sleep - BETA
Receive one unit, one application download in July, and be one of the exclusive 100 individuals to test the beta release of Sleep via a special Beta app update available in October 2017.
2 out of 100 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated October 2017
Estimated October 2017
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$800
USD
+ Shipping
Speak - BETA
Receive one unit, one application download in July, and be one of the exclusive 100 individuals to test the beta release of Speak via a special Beta app update available in October 2017.
3 out of 100 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated October 2017
Estimated October 2017
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$900
USD
+ Shipping
Group - 5 PAIRS (55% off)
Earn a $1,100 discount ($2000 Retail Value). Receive 5 pairs and 5 application downloads. Audio has officially evolved. Signature features include: Social, Fade & Amplify.
14 out of 1500 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2017
Estimated July 2017
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$1500
USD
+ Shipping
Influencer Package
Receive our spring 2017 signature lab prototype. Test this beta version of our product and pre-sale app. Engage in an hour long Skype session with our Head of Development and Head of Design. Signature features include: Social, Fade & Amplify.
4 out of 50 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated May 2017
Estimated May 2017
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SOLD OUT
$170
USD
+ Shipping
Launch Special (58% off)
Earn a $230 discount on Sound ($400 Retail Value). For those supporters who have been with us since the very beginning. Thanks to you, audio is redefined. Receive one pair and one application download (iOS or Android). Launch Special ends at 11:59pm on 9/20. Signature features include: Social, Fade & Amplify.
849 out of 800 claimed
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Estimated July 2017
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Overview
Human is building a headphone for you. A headphone inspired by the design of your ear. A headphone that attaches comfortably and securely as you move through each part of your day. And we're building a headphone that allows you to hear and connect with others and your surroundings in entirely new ways.
Prototype Stage
Prototype Stage
Perks
$200
USD
+ Shipping
Sound Special (50% off)
Earn a $200 discount on Sound ($400 Retail Value). Receive one pair and one application download (iOS or Android). Audio has officially evolved. Signature features include: Social, Fade & Amplify.
809 out of 2000 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2017
Estimated July 2017
Get this perk
$400
USD
+ Shipping
Couple (50% off)
Earn a $400 discount ($800 Retail Value). Receive 2 units and 2 application downloads. Audio has officially evolved. Signature features include: Social, Fade & Amplify.
79 out of 2000 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2017
Estimated July 2017
Get this perk
$500
USD
+ Shipping
Active - BETA
Receive one unit, one application download in July, and be one of the exclusive 100 individuals to test the beta release of Active via a special Beta app update available in October 2017.
3 out of 100 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated October 2017
Estimated October 2017
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$500
USD
+ Shipping
Sleep - BETA
Receive one unit, one application download in July, and be one of the exclusive 100 individuals to test the beta release of Sleep via a special Beta app update available in October 2017.
2 out of 100 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated October 2017
Estimated October 2017
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$800
USD
+ Shipping
Speak - BETA
Receive one unit, one application download in July, and be one of the exclusive 100 individuals to test the beta release of Speak via a special Beta app update available in October 2017.
3 out of 100 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated October 2017
Estimated October 2017
Get this perk
$900
USD
+ Shipping
Group - 5 PAIRS (55% off)
Earn a $1,100 discount ($2000 Retail Value). Receive 5 pairs and 5 application downloads. Audio has officially evolved. Signature features include: Social, Fade & Amplify.
14 out of 1500 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2017
Estimated July 2017
Get this perk
$1500
USD
+ Shipping
Influencer Package
Receive our spring 2017 signature lab prototype. Test this beta version of our product and pre-sale app. Engage in an hour long Skype session with our Head of Development and Head of Design. Signature features include: Social, Fade & Amplify.
4 out of 50 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated May 2017
Estimated May 2017
Get this perk
SOLD OUT
$170
USD
+ Shipping
Launch Special (58% off)
Earn a $230 discount on Sound ($400 Retail Value). For those supporters who have been with us since the very beginning. Thanks to you, audio is redefined. Receive one pair and one application download (iOS or Android). Launch Special ends at 11:59pm on 9/20. Signature features include: Social, Fade & Amplify.
849 out of 800 claimed
Ships Worldwide
Estimated July 2017
Estimated July 2017
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