@BANE: The Ears (an unmodified Dash Pro with a special software that dramatically improved battery life by turning off the BT radio) were pretty cool, I thought. With an on-board hearing test similar to the Mimi Defined calibration, they had – what was for me – a crisp hearing enhancement with several modes controlled via the right earpiece. The left side controlled the Comfort Tones – a white noise generator with several modes, including ocean, rain, waterfall, focus and maybe one or two others. The interface was different with a tap and hold to cycle through the different options, with single taps to toggle features and swipes for the volumes. I keep mine at work mostly, where I use them from time to time.
Generally, when discussing feature sets, I like to focus on supersets where new features are added and all the old ones being kept or substantially improved, so as to maximize user joy and keep down customer disappointment. I especially agree about the LightGuide, which is a great, beautiful and distinctive feature. I even tried to get Bragi to hire me to write extensions to the app and OS that allowed for changing the breathing color and adding a few extra effects, but they turned me down.
Speaking of doing business with Bragi, I mentioned elsewhere that I thought it was interesting that images of The Dash Pro on the E-Use reflect Bragi branding. I can’t help but wonder if Bragi only sold time limited rights to manufacturing – Starkey’s licence was apparently not perpetual – even requiring the retention of the Bragi brand? It makes me wonder who’s actually doing the design work on the next generation device. Bragi is so tight-lipped that we’ll probably never know.
As for actual improvements, I’d like to see a move away from LiIon batteries and back to NiMH, as I think it’s really lame the way that the battery life in the former is apparently reduced by keeping it fully charged. How else am I supposed to keep my batteries?
Anyway, EarTouch is great, but I swear its accuracy could be improved somehow. Then there’s the very quiet popping noise that happens at very low volumes when the drivers seem to turn on and off in response to the low volume.