French firm Parrot has unveiled its first wireless audio and telephony headphones – the Parrot Zik, available in July, priced £349.
Designed by product designer Philippe Starck, these state-of-the-art cans boast high performance active noise controls and a touch-sensitive panel (on the right ear pad) that enables you to switch tracks, increase volume levels and pause your tunes using swift sensual gestures.
Also in the mix are five microphones, a bone conduction sensor, which detects jawbone vibrations, and head detection, a nifty feature that pauses music when you remove the headphones, but starts it again once you’ve put them back on.
Parrot engineers have also thrown in active noise cancelling technology that blocks out unwanted racket – key if you’re constantly finding yourself in busy surroundings.
The Parrot Zik also integrates NFC (Near Field Communication) technology to allow simple Bluetooth pairing, thanks to a tag located on the left headset - a first for headphones, the company claims.