By Kevin Kelly
Parrot, the company behind the high-flying, iOS-powered AR Drone, has partnered with Philippe Starck to bring the ZIK ultra-deluxe set of Bluetooth headphones to the market. These gorgeous looking headphones are active noise canceling through the use of three external microphones, and they can be used with your Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone or through multiple audio sources through the cable jack.
One of the coolest features is the addition of a touch panel on the right earpiece,. which allows you to set the volume by sweeping your finger vertically, and you can select tracks by moving your finger left or right. They also contain a presence-sensor system that shuts off the headphones when they are removed, so you won’t have to worry about wearing down the battery when you aren’t wearing it.
While they have yet to announce a price, these were some of the most elegant and best-sounding headphones I managed to experience throughout all of CES 2012. The ZIK headphones along with a freestanding Zikmu SOLO monobloc wireless stereo speaker, both designed by Starck, will be available in 2012.
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