OnVocal raises millions for novel Bluetooth headphones – Boston Business Journal
OnVocal, the Burlington maker of a novel type of Bluetooth-enabled headphones, has raised $2.5 million in new funding.
Total funding to date for the company is now about $6 million.
Investors in the company include technology veteran Will Graylin, whose last company, Burlington-based mobile payments startup LoopPay, was recently acquired by South Korea-based multinational conglomerate Samsung Electronics Co.
Boston startup’s headphones let you hear the outside world
OnVocal president Bob Spaner said the newest funding would be used to refine the company’s first product, which will be available for sale later this year for about $350. (The headphones are available for pre-sale on the company’s website now.)
“The funding will help support our engineering and product development teams,” Spaner said in an email, though he didn’t disclose how many employees would be hired or any more details.
OnVocal’s first product, which was showcased earlier this year at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is a pair of Bluetooth-enabled headphones with a microphone that allow people to listen to music, hear their own voice and listen to the outside world while they’re listening to other things.
The headphones work with an app called Mix360 that allows people to increase the volume of their own voice, the music that they’re listening to or the sound of the external environment.
According to the company’s website: “The Mix360 gives you the power to mix music and phone calls, your voice, and the ambient sounds around you. Turn Ambient up to catch your boarding call while enjoying your favorite audiobook. Increase Source to rock out in the park or get a burst of energy at the gym. Turn Voice up to practice your French vocabulary, or to make sure you’re singing on key.”
The headphones, Spaner said in a previous interview, were originally intended for the business professional, “but we started to see that this product appealed to everybody in their own unique way. What we saw in this process is that the market is much, much bigger than the segment we first looked at.”