Bluetooth headphones inspired by military dog tags

The Outdoor Technology (OT) Bluetooth Tags throw a new design into the headphone marketplace: rugged earbud headphones that hang loosely around your neck while not in use, like a pair of dog tags.

Outdoor Technology

Most outdoor enthusiasts and athletes choose headphones based on utility: folding band over-ears for easy storage and durability or rubber hook buds for sweat resistance, but the Outdoor Technology (OT) Bluetooth Tags throw a new design into the marketplace: rugged earbud headphones that hang loosely around your neck while not in use, like a pair of dog tags.

The $80 OT Tags come in black and red and eliminate the fumbling and tangles that come with loose wires with two Bluetooth wireless earpieces connected with a strong braided wire. It's compatible with all A2DP device including most smartphones, but iPod users can also purchase an external Bluetooth Transmitter to even the playing field.

A lithium ion battery inside keeps the buds juiced for approximately 6 hours of talk/listening time and up to 120 hours of standby time, and a Micro-USB minicable takes care of the charging (1.45 hours for a full charge).

The company claims the OT Tags' plastic housing resonates bass and treble inside your ears for a more stereoscopic listening experience while still letting you hear the world around you, but we'll put that claim to the test in a full review on CNET.com coming soon.

About the author

Justin Yu covers headphones and peripherals for CNET. When he's not wading through Web gulch or challenging colleagues to typing tests, you can find him making fun of technology with Jeff Bakalar every afternoon on The 404 show.

 

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