Bose Launches Noise-Masking Sleepbuds

Bose Launches Noise-Masking Sleepbuds
The tiny wireless earbuds play soothing sounds to help wearers sleep in noisy environments.

(CCM) — Bose's new wireless earbuds play soothing sounds all night to drown out unwanted noise such as street clatter or a partner's snoring.

The company is best known for its noise-cancelling headphone technology, but this is best suited to dealing with constant noise such as those generated by an aircraft's engines or an air conditioning system. To deal with the types of sudden sounds which can disturb sleep, Bose's sleepbuds offer sound masking instead. This entails playing soothing sounds into the wearer's ears to cover up the unwanted noises.

The sleepbuds cannot stream music from a smartphone or other device. Instead they play one of ten user-selectable pre-loaded sounds which have been designed to mask the range of sounds that typically keep people awake — especially voice-based frequencies. More soothing sounds will be made available with future software updates, the company says.

The companion Bose Sleep app allows users to select a sound, choose the volume level, and set how long the sounds should be played. The sleepbuds can last up to 16 hours on a single charge.

The sleepbuds are available in the U.S. and Canada from today priced at $249. They will be released in other international markets later in the year.

Image: © Bose.