4 January 2016

Altec Lansing Freedom True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds feature noise isolation, GPS tracking

Picture of a pair of blue Freedom True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds.
Source: Altec Lansing. The Freedom True Wireless
Bluetooth Earbuds have rechargeable lithium
ion batteries.
The new Altec Lansing Freedom True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds, contain rechargeable lithium ion batteries built into the housings for a cordless experience.

The new buds also feature a six-hour battery life, IPX7-rated waterproof construction for perspiration-resistant wear, and Bluetooth-based GPS tracking technology to enable easy recovery of misplaced earbuds.

Scheduled for Q216 release at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of US$149.99, the Freedom buds will deliver Altec Lansing-quality sound reproduction along with noise isolation and a stay-in-place fit aided by small, medium and large Freebit ear tips to accommodate different ear shapes. As the units are not tethered to each other, users can use one earbud as a mono headset or both earbuds for stereo sound, depending on their listening environment.

The charging cradle/carrying case included in the package will provide a six-hour charge when plugged into a wall socket, a three-hour secondary charge when used remotely with no access to an electrical outlet, and the option to charge smartphones or other devices through the built-in USB port.

The GPS tracking ability will be activated through a downloadable companion app that will trigger a beep when a lost earbud is found. The app will also include volume, music and pairing controls, both to link earbuds for stereo use and to pair multiple devices with one-time setup so that users can switch from their smartphones to tablets or laptops without extra configuration.

Other features include:

A 100' (30.5m) Bluetooth signal range
An integrated microphone with wind cancellation enabling handsfree phone use
Song navigation/telephony buttons for track changes
Automatic shutdown to conserve battery power if no audio is detected
Support for any Bluetooth-enabled Apple, Android or BlackBerry phone or tablet or laptop
A choice of nine colours

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