We can finally tell the world!
We're thrilled to announce our latest and greatest — Trekz Titanium — has been named a CES 2016 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Headphone Category. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 27 product categories.
Trekz Titanium wireless bone conduction headphones are designed to ensure the ultimate level of awareness and comfort—without compromising on premium sound. Trekz were built to serve the demands of runners and cyclists who prioritize safety and were creatively brought to market via a 60-day Indiegogo campaign that raised $654,916 with 4,888 contributors from 94 countries. This marks the most successful Indiegogo effort for a bone conduction headphone and ranks the Trekz Titanium campaign among the top 5 headphone campaigns in Indiegogo/Kickstarter history. Trekz continues to garner support from consumers through Indiegogo InDemand, where they’re available to pre-order for $129.
“We are honored to receive this esteemed award from the Consumer Technology Association,” said Bruce Borenstein, President and CEO of AfterShokz. “On the heels of a wildly successful Indiegogo campaign for Trekz, this recognition is further validation that we are designing and delivering industry-leading products that are changing the way people enjoy their music and take calls while staying connected to the world around them."
The prestigious CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, the producer of CES 2016, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.
AfterShokz’s Trekz Titanium headphones will be proudly displayed at CES 2016 (Tech West, Sands Expo, Booth #74305), which runs January 6-9, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. A selection of Honorees will also be displayed at CES Unveiled New York, which features dozens of exhibitors and networking opportunities and runs 4:30-7:30 PM November 10 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York.
Entries are evaluated on their engineering, aesthetic and design qualities, intended use/function and user value, how the design and innovation of the product directly compares to other products in the marketplace and unique/novel features present.
Products chosen as CES Innovation Honorees reflect innovative design and engineering in some of the most cutting edge tech products and services coming to market.
CES 2016 Innovation Honoree products are featured on CESweb.org/Innovation, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, description, photo and URL.
Some people seem to think Trekz are pretty cool. But IMHO, I don’t get it.
They aren’t flexible at all… Ugh, so annoying.
If you’re into getting hit by cars... well, too bad. Because now you’ll hear ‘em coming from a mile away. Where’s the fun in that?
Wild animals don’t roam city streets, so you definitely don’t need to listen for them.
We hear they’re changing lives, but who cares about that?
If you don’t want to learn about the safest headphones on the planet, don’t click here.
We bet you’ve got your own good reasons to hate on Trekz too. A safe and comfortable listening experience just isn’t your cup of tea, right? What if you could get them for FREE? Comment on our Facebook post with your reasons why Trekz are the worst for a chance to win a useless pair of the safest headphones on the planet.
We will be announcing 3 unlucky winners on October 6th.
It’s no secret that it pays to like your job. We spend so many of our waking hours working—life just wouldn’t be as pretty if we didn’t dig it. The internet preaches how essential happiness at work is to our overall well being, how professional satisfaction supports the development of unique talents and gives us a sense of purpose. But enjoying what you do is bigger than that, and in my opinion, far more grand than the benefits we reap personally. When you have passion for your work, you become naturally more effective and creative. You build things. Not just things for you, but things that others will benefit from as well. You positively impact lives. You become infused with a feeling of superhuman strength that finds ways to just make shit happen.
I’m experiencing this phenomenon personally right now. I work for a tech company that is tirelessly innovating and has made a difference for so many people in its young life. Though life at AfterShokz is easy to enjoy because we make some pretty neat stuff and the folks I spend my days with make me smile every day, it’s not without its fair share of challenges. Being “small but mighty” is a double-edged sword in that there’s so much we want to do, but are limited in the resources required to make it all happen.
That’s where it pays to LOVE your work. When you love what you do, you’re filled with a willingness to stop at nothing to discover solutions that’ll change people’s lives, even when it's not easy. You give it that extra effort it deserves, whatever it takes—and it never feels like a burden. Love has a way of making you think about the big picture, drives you to find ways you can make a difference, regardless of what’s in it for you. It’s a beautiful thing. As the saying goes, "Love can move mountains".
That level of inspiration and commitment is what's moving mountains over here. Every day I find examples of how our team is silently driven by something bigger than just good enough. It takes true love to endure the blood, sweat and tears that accompany revolutionary development with a smile. While there's pride in delivering our constantly-connected generation of music streaming/gaming/FaceTiming selves a safe alternative to earbuds, we've refused to stop there. Real passion for betterment is how Trekz Titanium™, a product on course to redefine the sport headphone category as we know it, came to life. While being a part of its journey has been invigorating for all of us, the best part is: we're honored to do it.
Kim Fabiano Fassetta
VP of Marketing
(AKA The Company Cheerleader)
AfterShokz has harnessed something truly special, and it has redesigned music listening with its open ear bone conduction headphones.
When an idea is truly ahead of its time, sometimes it takes the public a little time to adjust enough to understand it. Fortunately, in this day and age, innovative thinkers are celebrated and elevated. Oprah is one such personality, a woman who has done things her way all along, who thinks outside the box, and who admires when a new idea follows the same principles.
Specifically, the first-ever “Wow List” in O Magazine targets and highlights such ideas; they are things that really blow the public away, because they are miles ahead of everything else. And now our AfterShokz Sportz M2 open ear sport headphones have a spot on the list, at number 3. We’re excited that you’re excited.
The influential magazine says “Wow!” to “using bone conduction technology originally developed for military special ops, these headphones transmit music directly from your cheekbones to your inner ear, bypassing the eardrum—and leaving you free to crank up Nicki Minaj without drowning out voices or car horns.”
Ranking 3 out of 50, and making the list that graces the cover of the August 2013 issue of O Magazine is quite an honor, but we’d like to add that it doesn’t have to be Nicki Minaj (though we do love her jams!). Why not listen to, say, space lectures by astrophysicist Michio Kaku as you gaze into the starscape on a clear summer night, with the sounds of the crickets and the breeze in the trees still reaching your eardrums as well? We imagine the future might sound something like that.
Thanks, O Magazine! It’s nice to see that innovation, and bone conduction sports headphones, can enjoy immediate success in this day and age.