The newest models offer some extra powers. Pairing with the iTranslate smartphone app enables translation of speech for dozens of languages. (Bragi also promises better audio quality and more reliable Bluetooth pairing—addressing critiques of its first model.) A $499 version called the Dash Pro tailored by Starkey is made from custom ear molds of the user.
That’s a pretty minor contribution from Starkey—a maker of high-end hearing aids costing thousands of dollars. Future Bragi headphones, due within a year at a price unknown, will include Starkey audio processing tech that can do things like filter out noise and sharpen voices so wearers hear better in crowds. That will put Bragi in competition with sound-processing earbuds like Doppler Labs’ Here One—just as pending legislation to encourage over-the-counter hearing aids may be kicking in.SC