Glow Laser Headphones – The World’s First Headphones With Lasers

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This is gonna get you a lot of attention!

Introduction

The world’s first headphones with lasers… Say what?! That’s right, you read it correctly. Since January, there’s this Kickstarter campaign that promises you a laser-illuminated headphone. To be more precise, it’s the cable that’s illuminated. If you think that’s a strange concept, you’re not alone…

Initially, they went for $100.000 in 45 days, but they’ve collected over $500.000! Good enough for me to have a closer look.

Who Are They?

Glow, LLC is a San Francisco-based company that, according to their site, exists out of seven people. There’s very little more info on the site. From what I can see they exist out three engineers, two designers, one person doing logistics and one PR person. It seems that this is their first project.

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The Glow Team

The Product

Before they introduced their product on Kickstarter they were already working on the product since March 2014, according to their roadmap. In that time, they’ve completed the Design and Development phase.

Besides a glowing cable, they also want to provide excellent sound quality and, therefore, choose in-ears instead of low-quality earbuds. They appear to be using Knowles dual balanced armature drivers, which should be on par with a pair of Shure SE215 in-ears. Now the Shure SE215 is a very decent in-ear, which as of today costs around $100. Of course, it doesn’t have a glowing cable. 😉

I would have preferred that they went for a full-size headphone, but I guess their focus is more on the use of headphones during sports activities. Which makes sense since, according to their FAQ, some of the team members have participated in marathons and even the Ironman in Hawai!

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The Cable

This is the gimmick of course!  By using laser technology, the cable will light up and pulsate to your favorite music.  You can control the laser intensity, using the Android or IOS app. This is very neat because it appears they are using some kind of fiber optic cable that is extremely flexible, from a company called Corning.

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Look! It pulses to your music!

Besides the cool pulsing light features, there’s also a 5-way controller attached to the cable that enables you to control your music. But wait! That’s not all it is designed to do.  Listen to this. You can use it to make phone calls, activate Google Now or Siri, take some quick pictures and it even lets you listen and respond to text messages… Pretty sweet huh!

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The 5-way controller attached to the cable.

Check out the video below to see the controller in action when responding to text messages.

What’s The Release Date?

According to their roadmap they were expecting to ship in July 2015, but it seems that there is a delay in the process.

This is a comment taken today from Glow on their Kickstarter website:

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Wrap It Up

I’m pretty excited for the world’s first smart headphones with laser light.  I think it’s pretty cool that there are innovative people out there trying to do things differently. And who knows where it stops.  I for one wish them the very best in pulling this off. And I will be keeping a very close eye on any further developments.

If you want to know more on these Glow headphones, check out the official Kickstarter page.

So what’s your thoughts on this?  Let me know in the comments below.

42 thoughts on “Glow Laser Headphones – The World’s First Headphones With Lasers”

  1. Hi Jurgen,

    These headphones are incredibly cool. I would love to have them to use at night. It would be like a disco effect 🙂
    Even though they are made for a glowing effect I like the fact that they are practical and have other uses.
    Thanks for this great info
    Love and light
    Vivia

  2. Hey Jurgen,

    As always, amazing stuff! Oh, the things you can find on Kickstarter – there is no end to them and that’s great 🙂

    The moment I saw them I fell in love, lol! Lasers are cool! But will they be power-hungry? I take it they will shorten the battery life of a device quite a bit, or am I mistaken?

    1. Thanks Dmitriy 🙂

      Since glow is still in the shipping proces – actually some early birds have received theirs – there is still not much info available on how they actually perform. You could be on to something with that the battery life could be stressed due to the laser… Good point!

      All the best,

      Jurgen

  3. Wow, this an interesting and unique product. I’ve seen cool light-designed headphones, but I’ve never really soon one as cool-looking and unique as this one. Your video is very informative, and the background regarding the small company is interesting, that’s how succesful companies start, a small group of skilled people and come some decade later, they have a CEO.

  4. Hey Jurgen,
    Nice work with this article, it’s informative and easy to read! As somebody who listens to a lot of music through earphones, I would absolutely love this! Who wouldn’t, right? I can see everybody having a pair of these laser headphones in the future. Any idea when this is coming out?
    David.

    1. Hey David, shipping has started a month ago for the early bird orders. Not sure when shipping starts when you should pre-order one now. But it’s good to see that they are finally shipping as there were quite some delays in the process.

      All the best,

      Jurgen

  5. these would be perfect for a silent rave (a rave where you dance to your own music in your headphones). It looks cool in red would be even better if there was a choice of colours, or if it changed colour even.

    I will get these one day for myself when I get the money.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Hannah.

  6. These look like pretty cool headphones for those who want to be flashy. If the sound quality hold up as much as you say they do, then these should be a great product to look into. I am looking forward to seeing these in the future. Thanks for the information!

  7. As a bit of a geek, I love the idea of these headphones as another gadget to add to my collection and if they ever become mainstream and affordable to the masses which I am sure they will at some point, they will be a great gift for a few music lovers that I know.

  8. im a dj from the uk and I’m more worried about quality than looks and I’m looking for a set of headphone just to listen to tunes on a everyday thing ton choose my tunes for my set before i order i really need to know about the quality of the products can you tell me what you think about the quality and build is it all about quality

    1. Well, I can’t really say much more about the quality, because these headphones are still in pre-production. They are having some issues to bring them to the public, since people are still waiting for their pre-orders.

  9. This is the greatest idea for headphones, ever! I don’t use headphones, but I’m getting them for my daughter, you can count on it. Why? Not that I care that they get to listen to some awesome sound out of them, no… I want them to be safe! Now when they are walking around at night, lost in their cocoon of tunes, cars will see them a mile away! Do they come in different colors and brightnesses?

    1. Hey Michael, they are available in red, green and blue 🙂 And you can control the laser intensity with the app on your smartphone.

      All the best,

      Jurgen

  10. I love the blog! It was very well written and beautiful content. There was a lot of content but not so long as you got bored or disinterested. The pictures were beautiful, the video was informative and the example of the glowing headphone flashing to the beat was a great addition. And who would of ever thought? Glowing headphones? Very creative and intriguing.

  11. New technology amazes me. The glow laser headphones that I have never heard about until now might just be the headphones of the future.

    I really love the glowing cable aspect of these headphones and the design.

    I am so tempted do buy some right now and try them out.

  12. Wow, this is amazing! It’s great to see the quality of this product is on par with the Shure SE215 and think you made a great comparison here. I think that the pulsating feature is especially great and will definitely catch some eyes. I need to get me a pair of these Glow Headphones and can’t wait until they are released!

  13. Interesting concept,as a musician myself I’m interested in the advancement of technology. I like the sound quality more than anything,also the ear pieces being in the ear would give the user more versatility.I use conventional headphones for recording and am aware of how they can move on your head. Sound quality may be better because of the” in the ear piece.” Many professional music performances use visual effects which makes the laser light interesting.They should overcome their shipping problem but I didn’t see any prices. This will make a big difference in the size of the market and the position it will be in the market.

    1. Hi Marty,

      The pre-order price is $159 and from what I can see the full price would be $199. You can verify this at their site. To be honest, I wouldn’t buy them at $199. That seems to be a little steep.

      Also, people are starting to get impatient and are leaving unhappy comments on their facebook page. Glow isn’t really responding either…

      All the best,

      Jurgen

  14. Jurgen,

    Just from that glowing picture I became interested in your review. I’m going to research these a little further, but right now I’m considering purchasing these! How cool is that, glowing headphones lol.

    Are there any updates on the delay of releasing the product? I briefly went to their page on kickstarter and didn’t see any update on any delay.

    Great article,
    Stu

    1. Hey Stu,

      Seems they have a bit of problem. According to comments on their Facebook site, shipments are delayed to the end of this summer. Current pre-orders are supposed to be shipped even later. Somewhere this fall.

      Let’s hope they get their stuff together and people can enjoy these headphones 🙂

      All the best,

      Jurgen

  15. Pete Williams

    Hey Jurgen.

    I think these will look great in clubs, just for the fun visual atmosphere. Also will look great on T.V and I can see loads of people clamouring for a pair. Do you think big audio companies like Sennheiser and so on will get into the marketplace with these?

    I used to be an Audio Engineer and into hearing a quality flat frequency response with no coloration in my earphones. I hope these products would not match low-end products and serve the listener with a good representation of the mix as well as giving us a visual delight.

    Very best to ya,

    Pete.

    1. Hey Pete,

      Yeah, I can imagine this huge promo party where everyone is wearing Glow headphones. That would deliver some awesome footage 🙂

      Don’t think the big guys are ready to get into this… yet 😉

      All the best,

      Jurgen

  16. Hi Jurgen, well I have seen it all now, what a fantastic “novelty” product! Is this a brand new concept or are other products from competitors on the market? I must admit that I haven’t seen anything like this in the UK to date. Great idea for Birthdays or Christmas and incidentally, a great review.

    1. Hey Paul,

      There are some cheap LED earphones on Amazon. They don’t seem to be of high quality AND it’s not lasers so 🙂

      All the best,

      Jurgen

  17. Wow. I can envisage me listening to some DJ Tiesto through these. What an awesome pair of headphones. My wife would probably think I was a loser, but hey, I’m a big kid at heart lol

    I like these so much that I may just go out and buy them 🙂

  18. Hey,
    Those are probably by far the coolest earphones I have ever seen haha!
    I mean most of the time I either see the white iphone cables or the Dre Beats headphones. With these I would definitely stand out of the crowd! Awesome stuff!
    thanks for showing me this haha!
    Esteban

  19. Hey JURGEN, this is really a cool Kickstarter project. Thanks for reviewing this glow headphone. I believe it will be very popular among the trendy and the young.

    I have one concern though, as the laser light is a high-intensity light. Is it certified safe to wear the headphone?
    Hope to hear your advice.

    1. Hey Edmund,

      That’s an interesting concern you’re pointing out. But I wouldn’t worry about that. The laser is not directly shining in your eyes. It’s encapsulated in the cable.

      All the best,

      Jurgen

  20. Makes me laugh – I studied audio engineer in Holland and I still produce part time at my studio, the gimmicks they come out with these days are quite something.
    But I suppose it’s all still down to quality at the end of the day – do people know what they’re actually buying from a noise representation point of view?
    I fear the quality of equipment these days is sliding downhill fast – what do you think?
    I blame Mp3’s – a decrease in overall music quality maybe opened the market for gimmicks etc?

    1. Hey Chris,

      You’re right this is of course a gimmick. But they could have made a cheap gimmick, like most gimmicks are. The fact they chose quality audio components is what lets me believe they really stand behind their product. We have to wait and see if it’s durable also. Hope to get my hands on a pair in the future to check that out.

      I think quality material is still made. Is it as durable as the stuff they made 30 years ago? Probably not. However, the biggest market are people that are not gonna pay $500 for a pair of headphones or $1000 for decent speakers. This has always been the case.

      As with high-quality material, most people don’t care if their music is audiophile grade. I mean as I said most people don’t have the components to hear the differences.

      So I don’t blame mp3’s. Badly recorded music existed well before that time. For example, the 1995 Oasis album, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory is one of the most brickwalled albums out there. But listen to this. Play this album on low-quality speakers – as most people do – and it actually sounds fine. Listen to it on audiophile speakers/headphones and you need to turn it off because it sounds awful.

      Hope that explains it a bit 😉

      All the best,

      Jurgen

  21. Hey there, I think these headphones are so cool and it’s fantastic that they are the genuine article and not something you would just end up throwing in the bin after a couple of weeks. Now I think I know what I’m gonna get for my son’s birthday- He snuggles under the covers to listen to You Tube on his phone every night -now he can have like his own club under there!!

    1. Hi Brenda,

      Yeah it seems the makers really want to make a lasting product. Otherwise they could have choosen to go for cheap headphone components. But they didn’t!

      As for your son, these headhpones have an awesome coolness factor 🙂

      All the best,

      Jurgen

  22. Hi Jurgen,

    Very Intersting and innovative concept, thanks for providing me the first look of L.E.D Headphone on your website, they look amazing, Do you have any idea if they are only available in U.S.A or will they be shipping to different part of the world ? I know once they successfully launch this they will come out with many more exciting stuff in the future. Technology is changing fast and bringing newer stuff almost every day now

    Thanks
    Kunal

    1. Hey Kunal, yeah it’s exiting stuff! They ship worldwide so that’s great! It seems that they are running a bit behind schedule. Checked their facebook page and there was a mention that the first pre-orders would ship late this summer and new pre-orders somewhere this fall. We gotta be patient I guess.

      All the best,

      Jurgen

  23. Skigh Reinbold

    These look awesome! I am glad that for a product that looks like simply just a novelty item they actually put thought and care into the sound quality as well. It seems like these guys are really passionate about what they are doing and it shows by the use of the same drivers are Shure headphones and fiber optic cables made by corning. I am going to strongly consider picking these up because I am in the market for a new set.

    How do you personally feel about the price point? Worth it?

    1. Hey Skigh,

      The Shure earphones cost around $100. These cost about $159 pre-order at the moment. But hey, innovation doesn’t come cheap. And I think the features of the Glow headphones are well worth the price. I’m really happy that they didn’t skimp on the sound quality. For me, this is a statement that these guys really want to make a quality product.

      I hope to get my hands on a pair so I can do an in depth review.

      All the best,

      Jurgen

  24. Pretty cool concept. I am pretty surprised this hasn’t been done already to be honest.

    I really appreciate that they are trying to actually make a quality headset with a few usable features instead of just putting out a set of flashing gimmick head phones.

    Your articles are always interesting and informative! Keep up the good work.

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