Unum: How does the original Apple’s Mac design team reimagine AirPods

ByFields Corrielus 2019-08-16 998

What's wrong with Apple's AirPods? Apart from the fact that the price is more expensive and the sound quality is more general, you may not think it has too many shortcomings. But the AirPods, like all other headphones and earplugs, suffers from the same problem with or without wires: when you wear them, people around you feel like you're busy and in a "do not disturb" state. 


Yes, wearing headphones has become a common do not disturb sign to some extent, and some people even wear earplugs when they are not listening to music to avoid unnecessary interaction-especially harassment. But in fact, we use headphones not just to listen to music or avoid interference, as more and more mobile phones provide us with one-click voice assistants (and a short voice command, "Hey, Siri"). Earplugs are rapidly becoming the "second interface" outside our mobile phones, and with the development of artificial intelligence and voice assistants, we are becoming more and more dependent on voice interaction. 

As you can imagine, in the near future, when AI, AR/VR, and high-speed mobile networks are in place, we need to wear headphones, listen to messages, and send instructions all the time. 


This has led some design teams to rethink what the headphones of the future should look like. Frog Design, an American professional creative design firm, recently came up with a new concept of open headphones called "Unum." A spokesman for the company said: "Voice assistants will become ubiquitous, continuous connectivity to our personal headphones will become an overly isolated social experience, and consumers will need to support headphones that enhance the audio experience for a long time. Without interfering with their communication with the real world. " 

Frog Design designed Apple's first computer, the Macintosh, and their works include Sonitron TV, Dell's e-commerce site, Yahoo's MUSIC BOX and Microsoft's Wallop interface. According to the design of Frog Design, in the future, wireless headphones such as AirPods should completely expose the ears to the outside-at least visually. The shape and internal components of the headphones, such as miniature speaker drivers and microphones, transmit sound to the ear through other designs. Wearing Unum marks a new social etiquette in the future, and even if you connect to the audio input of a smart device, you can still hear other people's voices. 

At present, Unum is just a concept., Frog Design has not yet announced any possible retail prices or dates. In fact, as a design company rather than a manufacturer, if Unum does enter the market, they are unlikely to come out under the Frog Design brand, they do not know which brave enough company to make Unum a reality.

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