Helix wristband and earphones hybrid smashes Kickstarter target

The alternative to pulling a tangled ball of earphones out of your bag
Helix band/earphone hybrid smashes target

Helix, a crowdfunded pair of headphones that transform into a wearable wristband, has blitzed its $100,000 goal on Kickstarter.

The wristband houses a pair of stereo Bluetooth earphones, nothing more and nothing less, but what makes Helix interesting is the size, style and the materials used.

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The band is made from anodised aluminium and fluoroelastomer, the same materials found on the Apple Watch, and it comes in three sizes and colours. The Classic edition comes in black and white, with silver or champagne gold aluminium accents. The Gold edition comes in bright red with 18k plated-gold accents.

While the subtle but attractive design looks kind of crazy, the earphones can answer calls, play or pause music, control volume, fast forward and rewind and boast noise reduction.

"We paid a lot of attention to the quality of the aesthetics and materials and created a design that looks sleek and stylish, feels comfortable, and cleverly hides its technological power," said a spokesperson for Ashley Chloe, the company behind Helix.

And faced with the huge success of its campaign, founder Angela Pan thanked backers and supporters:

"We couldn't be more thrilled with the tremendous support we've received on Kickstarter. Thanks to the amazing backers who believe in our vision, we are now able to bring Helix and our dream of stylish, wearable headphones to life."

You'll get about 3 hours of music from a single charge, which is taken care of by a convenient Micro-USB port. You can still get the Helix Classic for early bird special price of $99, which is $100 less than the recommended retail price when it goes on sale next year.

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