Urbanista Solar powered headphones use Powerfoyle as their Solar source

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Urbanista solar powered headphones
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Urbanista is a well-known company for designing award-winning headphones that include a wide range of wireless headphones, Bluetooth headphones, and noise-canceling headphones. Recently this Swedish audio brand company introduced Urbanista Solar Powered headphones. These new wireless noise-canceling Los Angeles headphones come with a solar panel integrated into the length of the headband. Which allows them to get charged through both indoor and outdoor light, as per reports.

The company claims that these new solar powered headphones can rid wireless headphone fans of battery anxiety once and for all. And the Powerfoyle solar cell material used on the Urbanista Los Angeles headphones can power the battery using any kind of light not only just solar.

In addition to this, Urbanista informs that if you bring these solar powered headphones outside for an hour on a sunny day it can produce three hours of playtime. On a cloudy day, for every hour spent outside you will get two hours of playtime. The idea behind this design is to provide virtually infinite playtime

These new Urbanista Solar powered headphones are fully compatible with iOS Android and Windows systems. Along with Siri and Google Assistant support as the company informs. Also, you can toggle between ANC and ambient sound modes with just the press of a button. It even includes active noise canceling. They will be available in two color options including a midnight black variant costing a fair around $232 based on Wired. Let’s take a better look at these new Urbanista solar powered headphones

Here the details of Urbanista Solar Powered Headphones

These new Urbanista Solar powered headphones look very similar to its existing Miami range except for their solar powered technology. They feature built-in microphones for use with voice assistants such as Siri or Google Assistant. Also, they get on-ear detection, an ambient sound mode and they can connect wirelessly over Bluetooth 5.0. In addition to this, you get 40mm neodymium drivers and 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response.

Also, the company provides a carrying case, audio cable, USB-C charging cable, and airline adaptor in the box too. From the pictures, it looks like it will be available only in one color midnight black including its solar panel. But Urbanista ensures that these Urbanista solar powered headphones, the headband can be made in different colors.

The CEO of Urbanista Anders Andreen states that “I was skeptical in the beginning but we started to discover that we could make a product that can essentially restore as much power as you used. And also added that so charging is history now.

Referencing the low price rates of the Urbanista Solar powered headphones, the company CEO informed that to contribute its part in the wireless headphone market that could be worth $42.1 billion by 2026. He stated that we want to make these wireless headphones as affordable as possible. He further added that we want people to buy one or two or three pairs as many as they require. So it won’t be a big investment, and the more people buy them the more difference they have a chance to make.

Urbanista Solar powered headphones use Powerfoyle as a solar source

This Urbanista Solar powered headphone utilizes Powerfoyle as its solar source. This material is screen-printed onto flexible plastic than laminated, according to Exeger. Exeger is a tech company that works for creating sustainable energy with the help of new science and technology. It mainly uses the principle of photosynthesis to produce and store electricity. Similar to the photosynthesis process in plants. Exeger CEO Giovanni Fili claims that we used different dyes of different colors. To provide better absorption of photons, light, any kind of light for the material.

The Powerfoyle material is not as good as standard solar cells in direct sunlight, but they are far better at harvesting light energy at lower temperatures. Even the kind of light you get indoors or on public transport. In simple terms, it is able to generate up to 100 percent more power than flexible amorphous silicon-based on light conditions.

Also, Powerfoyle doesn’t include any conductive layers stopping the photons or silver lines. Which normally blocks nearly 15 percent of the active surface. In addition to this, Powerfoyle material is also not as sensitive to light angles so shading effects won’t be a problem.

Other details

Previously JBL announced a very similar solar powered headphone named Reflect Eternal headphones back in December 2019. Last year December, Company confirmed an update on the project’s page saying that the Reflect Eternal headphones are facing major delays due to the COVID crisis.

As both the Urbanista and Exeger were in the same city it became possible to work together. They have worked on integration because some of the electronics have developed together by both companies. In the future, Urbanista and Exeger have plans to apply this technology to a wide range of products.

Some of those products are sportswear firm POC product, a solar powered smart helmet. The Omne Eternal may released in June. Another application can be portable speakers, and products potentially enough to power real estate.

Conclusion

Based on reports, Urbanista developed new solar powered headphones named Los Angeles headphones. They come with a solar panel integrated into the length of their headband, that allows them to draw power from both indoor and outdoor light. Although its built-in 750mAh battery can powered through a USB-C cable. The real appealing point here is its solar charging. Also, the company claims that it will provide infinite playtime, the exact amount of power these headphones can generate while solar charging varies.