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CES 2017 Tech West
IQbuds are augmented reality for your earsThese wireless Bluetooth earbuds change the quality of sound around you and let you listen to music at the same time.
Wireless ear buds are nothing new, but these ones sound a little bit different. They're called the IQ Buds, and they're noise cancelling ear buds. You can control them with an app to adjust the sound of the world around you. So you can adjust frequency, have an equalizer, and a volume control. For example, you can boost the speech in a loud environment so you can hear better. Of course, you can also use them as wireless Bluetooth ear buds for playing music, and you can have a blended audio effect, kind of a little bit like augmented reality for your ears, so you hear music and the sound of the world around you. They come with a charging case that keep you three charges every time you put them inside, and you get about 4 to 10 hours of use every time you put them in your ears. Of course, this varies depending on what you're listening to and how loud you have the volume. The controls on the ear bud are all touch, so you can tap to change tracks or you can tap to take calls and switch between presets on the right ear bud. We've seen similar wireless ear buds with noise cancelling and volume adjustment features before, such as the Here Active Listening and Hear One bud. I did try the IQ buzz in a pretty loud environment at CES. They do sound good. Music sounds nice through them. It did cut out some of the background noise. But the real test will be when you use them on a plane, in a restaurant, and in other such environments. They cost 299 dollars. They're available now.