It’s high time your headphones got smart.
That’s the pitch from Muzik — an upcoming line of sleek, high-end headphones whose software can be updated to assist an ever-widening array of functions, including music, gaming, virtual reality and even on-the-fly language translation.
Slated for launch this summer, Muzik’s new line also can identify your favorite songs with a Shazam-like utility and post playable links to them on Facebook and Twitter.
They can do this with simple, touch-and-swipe gestures on the sides that can be customized. The wireless cans also are equipped with on-board microphones that can take phone calls and take commands from voice-recognition software like Apple’s Siri algorithm.
“I truly wanted to change the DNA of this device,” Muzik founder Jason Hardi told The Post, holding aloft a pair of Muzik’s upcoming “Convertible” headphones, which come with both on-ear and over-the-ear modules that can be snapped on and off.
“Headphones are a device that nearly everybody in the world has, and yet they’ve seen the least amount of innovation.”
Last month, Twitter raised eyebrows at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas when the company revealed it had participated in an $18 million funding round for Muzik.
Twitter, whose CEO Jack Dorsey has been scrambling for ways to attract new users, declined to comment on its bet. Some insiders took it as a wager that Muzik could pose a high-tech threat to Apple’s Beats by Dr. Dre line.
Sources said Twitter is particularly interested in the music-sharing prowess of Muzik headphones, which can create a customized experience across a range of streaming apps like Spotify and Pandora.
Later this year, sources said Muzik will announce a slew of partnerships to launch applications for business, education, social networking and gaming.
“We’ve got accelerometers built in there, we have proximity sensors, we have motion detectors,” said Hardi, a fast-talking, tattooed tech entrepreneur who previously has worked on music software with stars like rapper 50 Cent.
Muzik also plans this summer to launch an in-ear “Sport” model whose fitness-tracking functions will include monitoring heart rate, oxygen levels and running pace and distances.
Priced at $299, Muzik’s headphones are slated for distribution at major retailers.