Urbanista launches first 'self-powered' solar-charging wireless headphones

The nation press services
2021-04-15 | Since 4 Week

Sweden-based Urbanista has a number of headphones on the market, all named for various cities. Recently, it released the Miami ($149), an over-ear noise-canceling model. Now the company is teasing its west-coast version, the Los Angeles, which features a solar-charging element in the headband that the company says makes it the first "self-powered" set of wireless headphones. The Los Angeles will be released later this year and costs $199.

To create the headphones, Urbanista teamed up with another Swedish company, Exeger, that has developed a solar-cell technology called Powerfoyle that "converts any form of light into clean energy and can be seamlessly integrated into any design."

Urbanista says just an hour spent outside on a sunny day generates three hours of playtime. And even being outside on cloudy days will net two hours of playtime for every hour you spend outside. The company adds that the headphones will continue trickle-charging indoors in a well-lit room and you can leave them by a window for an hour to add another full hour of playtime. Note that these playtime numbers are all based on moderate listening levels and I can't confirm them because I have not tested the headphones yet.

The Urbanista Los Angeles is a full-size noise-canceling headphone with a solor panel integrated into its headband.

When fully charged, the headphones offer up to 50 hours of battery life (again, that number will drop if you really crank your tunes). They do charge via USB-C if you're looking for faster charging. Here are the Los Angeles' key features, according to Urbanista.

Key features

Always charging when exposed to light, both outdoors and indoors
50-hour battery reserve
Hybrid active noise canceling
Ambient sound mode
On-ear detection
USB type-C charging
Bluetooth 5.0
Siri and Google Assistant
Compatible with iOS, Android and Windows
Will be available in two color options, including black, for $199
Shipping date: TBD

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