Anker’s audio brand, Zolo, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its Liberty+, a pair of graphene-enhanced fully wireless earphones. The campaign has already surpassed $600,000 at the time of writing, charging past its $50,000 goal with a over 30 days left to go. An update from July 31 shows the campaign already managed to secure a staggering $2,804,475.
The use of graphene-augmented drivers for the Liberty+ is interesting, and could theoretically yield excellent audio quality. In addition the the graphene boost, the Liberty will also include an AI assistant integration to control your music playback through voice commands, as well as provide information on weather, news alerts, traffic updates, and more. Zolo says they’ll be compatible with Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and Cortana. Some other features are intriguing, like its battery life and connectivity.
According to the Kickstarter page, Zolo is aiming for an October 2017 release for the Liberty+. The earphones should retail for $150, but backers can pledge to the Kickstarter campaign for a serious discount before July 24.
Graphene-enhanced audio equipment is a rather "hot" topic at the moment, and the Liberty+ aren’t the only headphones with graphene-based drivers we’ve heard about lately. Another such example is Ora’s new GrapheneQ headphones. In addition, China-based FiiO Electronics launched new in-ear monitor earphones, the FiiO F3, that make use of a graphene-enhanced diaphragm driver and several other companies and research teams are also known to be working on developing graphene-based audio equipment.