Microsoft teamed up with Coloud (a Swedish maker of audio accessories) to create and launch a new headset for Lumia smartphones. Called Hoop by Coloud, the headset is an in-ear one that’s targeted at users with an active life style, being built to “handle your favorite workouts”.
Designed by Microsoft, the new headphones are protected against dust, splashes, and sweat, and come with a tangle-free cable that’s coated with a reflective material (helping you stay visible in the dark). An adjustable support loop helps keeping the earpieces in your ear, so you won’t be distracted when running. Technical specs include a 32 ohm speaker impedance, and a frequency response of 20 – 20,000 Hz. The headset weighs 20.5 grams, and can operate at temperatures between -5 and +40 degrees Celsius (23 – 104 degrees Fahrenheit).
For now, the Hoop by Coloud headset seems to be available only in Europe, where it costs €29. It’s offered in three color variants: green, orange, and black.