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Electronic beanie is music to your ears

Electronic beanie is music to your ears
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With the fall coming on fast, there's a problem for gadget-friendly commuters in colder states. How are you going to fit your headphones underneath your warm headgear?

That's not a problem where I live in Arizona, because the weather is nice in the fall and winter - it doesn't usually look like this. But other places like my home state of New Jersey have much colder climates that'll make you bundle up later in the year.

That could mean you have to leave the headphones at home or risk freezing your ears off. That could leave you bored to tears while you wait for the next bus to arrive.

If you wear a loose beanie or hat in the colder months, then you might be able to fit a pair of smaller earbuds underneath. There are several varieties available in my store right now. But, even those can feel a little uncomfortable underneath certain kinds of headwear. Luckily, there's another fashionable alternative to keep you warm and entertained.

Electric beanie

Media-player manufacturer Archos is coming out with a new product called the Music Beanie. It's got speakers and control buttons built in to the beanie.

You can stream music from your gadgets using a Bluetooth connection, and there's also a built-in microphone, so you can use it to make calls with your smartphone.

Worried about a dirty hat? No problem. You can remove the speakers through small slits in the lining and then throw it in the washing machine. There's also a microUSB port in the hat for charging. You'll get about 8 hours of battery life from a 90 minute charge.

The Music Beanie is being shown off at the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin this week, and will cost €29 from October. It sounds as good as some £20 headphones and comes in three colours: white, black and blue knit.

For those of us in the States, the price comes out to just over $37. That's about the same as most decent earbuds. The Music Beanie will be available for purchase starting in October, just in time for you to stay warm and entertained on your ride to work.

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Source: The Guardian
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