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Velodyne Leads with Artistic Headphones and Custom ‘Skins’
|By Business Wire
|July 4, 2014 12:36 AM EDT
Highly regarded audio technology innovator Velodyne
Acoustics, Inc. wowed attendees at last week’s CE Week FashionWare
showcase with its artistic over-ear headphones featuring one-of-a-kind
personalized, customizable designer “skins” that match any wardrobe,
mood or occasion.
Andrew White wearing a headphone with Art Skin (Photo: Business Wire)
Widely recognized as the leading manufacturer of high-performance, low
distortion powered subwoofers prized primarily by men, Velodyne was the
first company to envision a set of headphones as an artistic canvas and
to offer custom-designed skins as accessories with headphones that
appeal to both men and women.
Velodyne President and well-known artist Marta Hall and a team of
Velodyne engineers began designing lightweight headphones and “artistic
edition” skins shortly after Hall joined the company in 2011. It
introduced the lightweight vFree® Bluetooth® model headphone, designed
with an inverted tear-drop shape and customized modern art-like control
buttons, in 2012, along with the collapsible vLeve® Bluetooth®
headphone. (The somewhat larger vBold® Bluetooth® model with its
geometric ear covering and control buttons was launched in 2013.)
Simultaneous with the launch of the vFree®, Velodyne introduced a line
of 20 flexible, silicon-based skins, which enable music lovers to match
the style of the headphones they wear to the fashions and sounds they
“Velodyne designer skins add a dramatic visual dimension to an already
dynamic audio experience,” Hall said. “The vFree and vLeve are the ideal
canvas for people who value high-quality sound and high style, and who
see wearable technology, such as skins, as a new way to express
Hall added that Velodyne currently is working on a website portal that
will enable headphone users to upload their own images and create their
own designs. “We believe everybody is an artist,” Hall adds. “With this
new portal, anyone who wants to create their own skin designs can do so.”
Velodyne skins are designed to be easy to put on and take off, protect
the headset and customize the look. Since the initial skins were
launched, dozens of additional skins – many of them limited-edition
designs created by artists, musicians, non-profit groups and celebrities
– have been introduced. Select Velodyne headphones and skins are
available at Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Velodyne.com, and at 90 Airport
Wireless and 15 Techshowcase stores located in airports nationwide. Skin
prices start at $19.
Among the Velodyne skin-enabled headphones on display at CE Week’s
Velodyne’s new on-ear vLeve headphones, available with designer
accessory skins, enable music lovers to match the style to the sound.
The vLeve can be folded up for compact storage; flexible designer skins
provide a distinctive stamp and can be modified literally in a snap.
Velodyne’s vFree® on-ear headphones remove the constraints of wired
headphones and offer the perfect canvas for Velodyne’s personalized
skins, enabling consumers to instantly and easily change the look of the
headphones to match the mood.
Velodyne’s vBold wireless headphones offer Bluetooth® connectivity
compatible with the iPhone®, iPod Touch®, iPad® or any
Bluetooth®-capable device. Wireless sound reproduction is accurate and
true, thanks to aptX® coding. A direct connect audio cable is included
for optional wired connection. In addition to the convenience of being
wireless, the vBold can be folded up for compact storage. (vBold skins
will be available shortly.)
Velodyne’s vQuiet noise-cancelling on-ear headphones reduce unwanted
sound by 90 percent, enabling consumers to focus on nothing but the
music they love. The vQuiet can be folded up for compact storage.
(vQuiet skins will be available shortly.)
Other Velodyne models include:
vTrue® raises the bar for studio headphones, combining Velodyne’s
award-winning audio technology and unrivaled design to bring a true
sound experience to the most discerning of music lovers. A forged
aluminum design complements supple leather headband and over-ear cups.
Accurate sound is produced through a 50mm driver tuned to the exacting
standards of Velodyne’s trademarked low-distortion bass reproduction.
vPulse® in-ear headphones combine a secure fit with outstanding sound
quality, making them the ideal choice for music and mobile calls on the
go. vPulse headphones feature precise, low-distortion audio quality, the
result of a 10mm driver and aluminum housing. Intuitive in-line controls
provide options for volume, music playback and mobile phone calls.
Founded in 1983 and based in California’s Silicon Valley, Velodyne, Inc.
is a diversified technology company known worldwide for its
high-performance audio equipment and real-time LiDAR sensors. The
company is widely recognized as the leading manufacturer of
high-performance, low-distortion, powered subwoofers and an expanding
line of technically innovative in-ear and over-ear audio products, which
include interchangeable, custom-designed skins that enable audiophiles
to personalize the look of their headphones. Velodyne products are
available online at www.velodyne.com and
from a select group of authorized dealers, custom installers and
distributors worldwide. Since 2007, Velodyne’s LiDAR division has
emerged as a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of real-time
LiDAR sensor technology used in a variety of commercial applications
including autonomous vehicles, vehicle safety systems, 3D mobile
mapping, 3D aerial mapping and security. For more information, visit www.velodynelidar.com.
For the latest information on new products and to receive Velodyne’s
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