The kinds of hands-free control features we’ve seen in wireless earbuds aren’t just a fancy talking point—they could influence the way we interact with future technology.
Wireless earbuds have become much more than the curiosity that was Bluetooth headsets back in the flip phone days. As with most consumer technologies, what began as an expensive extravagance has become a bit more affordable and far more commonplace. For example, noise cancellation used to be a big deal for wireless earbuds, but now it’s almost as expected as not having wires.
This is what makes the steady development of more advanced features so promising. We’re already creating earbuds that can sense and track head motion or respond to voice commands. What happens when that technology becomes as commonplace as Bluetooth or blocking out background noises?