Ready to start running?
Not sure what gear you actually need. Don’t worry! We narrowed it all down to the essential running gear you need for your next run.
All this gear makes the miles seem a little more doable. But remember that everybody is different, so reevaluate after your run to see what you need to add or subtract.
1. Tracking Device – Grab a FitBit to wear and keep track of your miles, heart rate, and calorie burn. If you prefer to take your phone with you there are multiple apps that can track your run. For example, Map My Run is a great option. Or if you are an Apple Watch user you can track your run through there.
2. Hydration – You’ll want to make sure you are constantly hydrated before and after your run. Either with a hydration belt, like this one from Fitletic, for during your run or a great water bottle to carry around after.
3. Headphones – When you’re running you want to make sure you can hear and be seen. Lucid Audio’s HearBand Sport with LED Safety Lights has LED lights and reflectors to make sure you are seen on your route. With the ability to amplify ambient sounds up to 9x and take calls with Bluetooth technology you can hear on your run too.
4. Music/Podcast – What goes better with headphones than great music or an interesting podcast. With Spotify Premium, you can make playlists to go with your run. Check out our blog post for 5 new songs to add.
5. Socks – Need post-run recovery? Grab a pair of compression socks to help alleviate soreness and pain. Nike Compression socks are a great way to get prep your body for the next run.
There are so many essential running items out there. Make sure to pick the ones that work best for you. And we’ll see you out on the trails.
Let’s Run! Songs to add to your playlist before your next workout!
We love to run! And we’re always adding new songs to switch up and pump us up.
So we decided to share our favorite running songs with you! Go ahead and add these to your playlist.
3. What Lovers Do (Feat. SZA) – Maroon 5, SZA
4. One, Two Step – Ciara, Missy Elliott
5. Come My Way – Tep No Remix – Kiki Rowe, Khalil, Tep No
Have some favorite running tunes that are on your current playlist? We’d love to hear about what you listen to while you workout Add your favorite running music to our comments section so we can add them to our playlist for our next run!
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Your cycling music can be the make-or-break between a mediocre ride and an excellent ride. Cycling music has the potential to pump you up and motivate you about your ride. Curating the perfect cycling playlist can be a challenge, so we put the leg work in to put one together for you! After researching the favorite songs of avid bikers and adding some of our own favorites to the mix, we have for you a playlist of cycling music that will appeal to a range of musical tastes.
Have some favorite tunes that aren’t on this playlist? We’d love to hear about what you listen to! Add your favorite cycling music to our comments section so we can add them to our playlist for our next ride!
Cycling Music: A Playlist to Get You Through Your Ride
Track One: I Gotta Feeling (The Black Eyed Peas)
This song is ideal for warming up and getting your adrenaline going. It’s sure to put you in the mood for an enjoyable and challenging ride!
Track Two: Take Me Anywhere (Tegan and Sara)
Tegan and Sara will keep you in warm up-mode for just a little bit longer and will encourage you to get into your groove.
Track Three: Work (Rihanna, Drake)
If Rihanna and Drake can’t get you excited about your ride, we don’t know who can! This dynamic duo will push you past the warm-up stage and get you pedaling fast!
Track Four: Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)
Ready for some MJ? You know Michael Jackson is talented when his music is great for the dance floor and for pedal pushing!
Track Five: Bad Girls (MIA)
MIA will get you pedaling even faster and get into a smooth rhythm.
Track Six: Come Together (The Beatles)
Are you ready for some uphill climbing? The Beatles sure are! This song will start to slow you down and get you ready to push yourself for the climb.
Track Seven: Halo (Beyoncé)
Throw it back to some 2009 classic Beyoncé. This track is slower-paced and will encourage you to keep climbing and really push through the stretch and soreness that you might start to feel.
Track Eight: 1901 (Phoenix)
Ready to speed it back up, just a little? This track will speed you up as you emerge from a climb.
Track Nine: Holiday (Weezer)
Now you’re in your groove, and maybe feeling ready for a holiday? Weezer is right there with you, and will guide you through some smooth peddling.
Track Ten: Unstoppable (Santogold)
Tired yet? Keep at it! Santogold will remind you that you’re unstoppable and that you have it in you to keep going!
Track Eleven: Yesterday (Atmosphere)
Just when you were reminded that you’re unstoppable, it’s time to slow it down again! You’re almost there!
Track Twelve: Do You Realize??? (The Flaming Lips)
And finally, let’s end it with a slow and sweet one that will have you contemplating our universe. Now you’re ready to take on anything!
Remember, your cycling music really sets the tone of your ride, so it’s important to craft it carefully! The Lucid Audio Hearband will give you the freedom and flexibility to listen to your favorite cycling music while also hearing sounds of the road or of your instructor’s voice.
Did we miss any of your favorite cycling music? Remember to mention them in the comments!
It’s easy to spend hours and hours searching through lists and aisles of headphones, trying to find the best pair. With so many options out there, how can we determine which headphones are the best headphones for our lifestyle and needs?
Decision making isn’t easy, especially with so many options out there. According to the famous “Jam Study,” conducted by Sheena Iyengar and others, which you can read here, too many choices leaves us in a sort of paralysis. How can we determine what the best option is when there are so many competing options? Too many choices can, in fact, be demotivating.
In your search for the best headphones, or anything else, it’s helpful to establish a list of qualities and features that are important to you. Once you have created this list, you can browse headphones to see which ones best satisfy the qualities on your list.
After talking to a number of headphone users, we put together a list of the qualities that people find important in headphones. We also explain how Lucid Audio’s headphones have the qualities that are important to headphone users. This list can be a starting point for your own list!
3 Important Qualities for the Best Headphones
This quality came up over and over in our discussions with people. While all headphones share the similar function of delivering sound to your ears, some do it with more comfort than others. It’s hard to want to put headphones on when they are uncomfortable. This makes comfort a key factor in establishing which headphones are the best headphones.
Lucid Audio’s headphones are comfortable and fit snugly around your ears. Some versions even compress closer to your ears in response to loud outside noises, to provide essential protection to your ears!
In addition, the Lucid neckband, the Hearband, comes with 3 different tips that you can fit into your ears. These choices ensure that you’ll always have a tip that fits perfectly in your ear, no matter how your ear is shaped!
Most people use headphones on the go. Whether you’re planning on taking your headphones to work with you, or for a stroll, you’ll want your headphones to be slick enough to be transportable with ease. Lucid Audio’s headphones are designed for convenience. You can fold them so they take up minimal space in your bag or backpack.
The Hearband is even more compact. It can fit in even the smallest bags, and around your neck. You’ll hardly notice your neckband around your neck!
They’re your headphones, so you should be in control. The best headphones are the ones where the all of the controls (for volume, etc.) all all intuitive. Lucid takes control a step further. Not only are the controls intuitive, AMPED technology also allows you to control what sounds you let into your ears. With AMPED technology, you can amplify ambient sounds along with your music or audio? What does this look like? You can filter in the voices of your friends and coworkers when you choose, and adjust the volume of your music or phone call. Lucid Headphones give you optimal control in multiple ways.
So what qualities do you find most important in headphones? Let us know in our comments section!
When you’re at work, you need headphones that are up for any challenge. Below, we’ve identified some qualities that are important in work headphones. We also explain how Lucid Audio’s headphones provide all the functionality you need at work, and more. We’ve distilled optimal functionality for work headphones into the ‘5 C’s’: Clarity, Connectivity, Comfort, Convenience, and Continuity. Read more about each characteristic below:
When you’re on a call, it’s important to hear every word with ease. Ideal headphones will give you the flexibility to work in crowded spaces and still hear the person at the other end of your call. High quality sound is key, and Lucid Audio
delivers. Lucid Audio’s AMPED headphones have Hi Gain omnidirectional microphones on each side that provide clear sound enhancement for phone calls.
In addition, Lucid Audio’s Ultra Low Profile Ear Cups with folding design are form fitting to ensure the best sound quality. The HD speakers and drivers provide a wide range of audio quality for natural sound clarity! All of these features for sound clarity make Lucid Audio’s headphones excellent work headphones!
At work, it’s crucial to remain connected to those in the office and outside of the office. Lucid Audio’s AMPED headphones with Bluetooth Sound technology allow you to facilitate these connections by first connecting with your devices. Lucid Audio’s Low Latency Bluetooth enables high audio quality and wireless media synchronization. When your headphones are connected to your devices via Bluetooth, you can answer calls from your phone or your computer with just the touch of a button on your headphones! You’re likely to never miss a call again while shifting between your devices!
In addition, Lucid Audio’s headphones are great work headphones because they allow you to connect and collaborate with your colleagues with ease. The feature that makes Lucid Audio’s headphones most unique is the ability to hear and adjust both internal audio AND outside sounds! Here’s a scenario: Let’s say music helps you focus, but you’re worried about accidentally ignoring your boss when she comes by to speak with you. Lucid Audio has a solution! With Lucid Audio’s AMPED smart technology, you can amplify the outside world up to 9x, while also staying tuned into your music! This means you can choose to hear your boss or collegues clearly while listening to your favorite tunes (or while you’re on a call). It’s all up to you!
Comfort is crucial when it comes to work headphones. Whether you work a job that requires you to wear an itchy suit, or whether you work long hours in the sun, your headphones shouldn’t be a source of discomfort in your work day. Lucid Audio’s headphones are comfortable and fit snugly around/in your ears.
You can choose between Lucid Audio’s AMPED headphones or the AMPED hearing neckband. The Neckband is a lightweight, flexible alternative to the headphones, which provide more structure and support. Both devices provide maximum comfort, and you might even forget you’re wearing them!
Grab ’em and go! Lucid Audio’s AMPED headbands in particular are a great option for business travel, or even just your daily commute! These headbands are lightweight and flexible enough to fit into your purse, briefcase, or backpack!
With the Lucid Audio AMPED headphones, convenience comes at the touch of a button. You can answer calls and adjust the volume of internal and external sounds with just the touch of a button! Everything you need for your calls and other audio needs is right at your fingertips!
And finally, both Lucid Audio’s headbands and headphones are ready to wear out of the box, providing you with optimal convenience starting at the moment of purchase!
The best work headphones won’t just offer you incredible features now, they’ll also continue to protect your hearing for the future. Lucid Audio’s AMPED headphones protect your ears in two main ways. First, they have ear cups with a folding design that is form fitting to ensure protection from loud noises. And second, some models have sound activated compression that instantly activates to protect your ears from loud, harmful noises!
Lucid Audio’s headphones don’t just give you what you need to hear now, they also protect your hearing for the future.
So, when you’re looking for work headphones, remember the ‘5 C’s’: Clarity, Connectivity, Comfort, Convenience, and Continuity. Have other characteristics that are important to you in work headphones? Tell us about them in our comments section!
The Landscape of Hearing Technology
The Guardian recently published a feature in the technology section of their paper titled, “10 Most Influential Headphones” detailing the progression of influential headphones over time.
You probably won’t recognize the first headphone on the Guardian’s list, an in-ear device built in 1891. However, you might remember the Walkman Headphones from 1979, or the Apple Earbuds back in 2001.
All of the headphones on the list were innovative and influential when they were produced. Most were seen as status symbols promising access to an enhanced listening experience. So, tune in and learn more about the newest innovations in headphone technology.
Building on the Legacy
Lucid Audio’s products expand on this legacy of innovation in hearing technology. These products, ranging from the Hearband to the Bluetooth Wireless Hearing Headphones to the Enrich Personal Sound Amplification Products, all add to the history of hearing-related products.
Here’s what makes Lucid Audio’s innovations historic: Lucid Audio helps integrate one’s inner world with the outer world. The Hearband and the Hearing Headphones allow you to create your own world by streaming your choice of audio directly into your ears. With these products, you can lose yourself in the soothing melodies of jazz music, or in your favorite podcast. However, what makes Lucid Audio’s products truly innovative is the ability to tune into the sounds beyond your headphones with added clarity. This is a feature that these other headphones just don’t have.
While listening to your choice of audio within your headphones, you can turn up the sound on the outside world and tune in to the sounds around you. You can merge the beat of hip hop with the city sounds around you. You can merge your favorite classical tunes with the sounds of birds chirping in your garden. The possibilities for unification are endless, and you’ll have access to all of the sounds in the world, without missing a beat.
The Enrich Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs) are also quite historic. These products aim to make hearing enhancement more accessible to people of all income levels and backgrounds. PSAPs amplify outside noises, granting enhanced hearing to people who are experiencing difficulty hearing at an affordable price. The Enrich PSAPs start at only $99! This type of hearing accessibility is truly historic.
A Historic Opportunity
So, be a part of history today and check out our products here. Lucid Auido’s headphones (and other products) are changing the landscape of hearing products. You don’t want to miss out.
Many people do not have the ability to go visit a museum by themselves, so the Smithsonian is starting something cool. On January 5th 2017, NPR ran a story on the Smithsonian museum’s tours for the blind people in our community. On these tours, the artwork or sculptures are described in vast detail so that one can imagine what the art looks like in their mind. In addition to being described, sometimes the museum will allow people on these tours to actually touch the sculptures and get a feel for the artwork that way. The importance of these tours shows that a person’s hearing is key to their enjoyment of the world.
With some form of hearing loss, people might not experience the beauty of the museum at all. Hearing is truly important to people who cannot see so that they can experience the full beauty of the visual world. The ability to hear does not only help with the visual world, but it also helps the emotional stability of a person. Once people start to lose their hearing, they also lose part of their life. People who are hard of hearing stay inside more, and not experience things. When people lose their hearing, they also lose other enjoyable things in life.
Not only does the ability to hear help at museums, but it is also necessary for activities like going to a symphony or a musical. At a symphony, the audience has an opportunity to close their eyes and create an image and experience the beauty of what the music means to them. While during quiet sections of musicals, people with some hearing loss might miss key points. Powered by Lucid could help people who are experiencing some stage of hearing loss have the ability to hear these events. People who have some form of hearing loss no longer are able to hear their favorite music again. Lucid Audio could help people hear the music clearer and therefore create a clearer picture in their mind.
The Smithsonian Museum is not the only place that takes people with hearing difficulties into account. The Alamo Drafthouse and other movie theaters also have visual aids for people who might have some form of hearing loss. With the increase of people in Austin, Texas for South By Southwest, the Alamo Drafthouse’s visual aids were receiving plenty of use. With the use of Powered by Lucid, those starting to lose their hearing could still continue to experience the beauty of the many films and music that debuted over the week.
In addition to during musicals or films, there are quite sounds that compose the wonderful parts of life. With Lucid Audio’s HearBands and Hearing Headphones, these sounds do not have to be missed anymore. This technology can increase the ambient sounds around you, while not taking away from the conversation you are engaged in.
With Lucid Audio’s HearBands, people are given an opportunity to get an earful of a musical or orchestra like they might not have been able to in years.
A person’s hearing effects more than just their knowledge of sounds, it effects their enjoyment of public events. Lucid Audio’s HearBands and Hearing Headphones can help with amplifying the sounds around the wearer, so they can experience things in their intended forms.
Vacations are a time to recharge and rejuvenate, but the packing part is never any fun. Whether you’re headed to a ski trip in the mountains, a beach trip by the shore, or a hiking trip in the canyons, we have you covered with this packing guide for vacation technology!
Here are 5 pieces of vacation technology to remember to pack:
1. Your phone charger
This is an easy one to forget, since our daily routines usually involve grabbing our phones off the charger, but leaving the charger behind. For your trip, check and double check that you have your charger with you (cord and charger)! One tip for remembering to bring your charger is to set the lock screen on your phone to a picture of a note saying “remember your charger!” This is especially helpful if you’re staying at different places during your trip, since every additional stop is an additional opportunity to forget your phone charger! You don’t want to be left with a dead phone during your travels, so be proactive about remembering to pack it!
2. A portable battery charger
In terms of vacation technology, having adequate battery power is high on the priority list. Even if you remember to pack your phone charger, it’s a good idea to have a back-up portable battery charger. This is especially helpful if you anticipate spending long days on the go without easy access to outlets. Having a charged phone is important for the sake of your Snapchat Story, yes, but it’s also an important emergency precaution. You don’t want to be stranded somewhere without the ability to call a taxi, access a map, or alert the police! Check out this article for a list of some high-rated portable battery chargers!
3. Useful Apps
Load up your phone with apps that might be helpful while you’re traveling! Of course, there are the basic apps you should have, like Google Maps, and WhatsApp (if you’re traveling abroad), but there are lots of other apps out there that you might find helpful! Check this article from the Guardian, titled: 10 of the best travel apps…that you’ll actually use. Apps are an essential piece of vacation technology because they provide important information right at your fingertips!
4. Music and E-books
Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or car, you’ll want to have some entertainment with you. Make sure your phone is loaded up with your favorite tunes prior to your trip so you’ll have music to listen to during your down time. E-books are also a great option. You can choose to bring your Kindle or iPad if you have these pieces of technology, or you can load ebooks onto your phone if you’re looking to pack lighter!
5. A Hearband by Lucid Audio
Vacation technology needs to be versatile so you can use it for a wide range of activities. Lucid Audio’s Hearbands use Lucid Audio’s AMPED technology to give you a customizable hearing experience. With the Hearband, you can amplify the sounds around you, like conversations, concerts, or the sound of the waves. You can use it to stay safe by listening to music while staying aware of the background noises around you. The Hearband delivers crisp, clear music and sounds to your ears AND it’ll take up almost no space in your luggage! Its sleek design and its innovative features make it the perfect piece of travel technology for all of your adventures!
Every year, 180 million gifts are exchanged by friends, family members, and sweethearts. The most common gifts are cards, candies, and flowers. These gifts are fun to receive, but what happens when the candy is eaten, the flowers die, and the cards are long forgotten?
This year, you will have many opportunities to show someone how much you love them with a very special gift. Don’t give another stuffed bear or floral arrangement. Give a gift that will improve the daily lives of your loved ones, and be a constant reminder of your love.
The Sound of Love
Love can take on many forms. Love is a mother carefully buttoning her daughter’s sweater as she walks out the door. It is a husband taking his wife’s car to the mechanic for a tune-up. It’s a grandson calling to remind his grandmother to take her medication.
What if you could give a gift that shows your love, in a meaningful way, every day? Now you can, with Lucid Audio’s revolutionary line of headphones and neckbands. Let the power of AND protect, encourage, and motivate your loved ones wherever they go.
Keep them safe. The AND Control Center lets you turn up ambient sounds up to 9x amplification. Your loved one can stay alert and aware while on the go.
Keep them motivated. Wireless Bluetooth connectivity gives you easy access to all your audio files. Hear your favorite tunes with superior stereo quality.
Stay connected and keep them encouraged. The AND Control Center lets you switch between audio and phone calls with the touch of a button. They can even turn background noise down, so they never miss a single word.
The Gift of Good Hearing
When you give the gift of a Lucid Audio neckband or headphones, you are giving more than just a high-performance audio device. Lucid Audio’s mission is to help people hear better. Our devices are designed to support, protect, and expand the natural abilities of our sense of hearing. Lucid Audio’s devices will take care of your loved one, just like you always do. The foldable design makes the neckbands and headphones easy to carry, so they’ll always be there when needed.
True love is forever. This year, skip the temporary trinkets. Give the gift of safety, comfort, and control with Lucid Audio. Your special someone will benefit from your loving gift every day.
What does mindfulness mean to you?
For me, mindfulness means: being at peace with the present moment and noticing sensations, feelings, and thoughts as we allow them to pass. One of the best tools for practicing mindfulness is one we all have within us: our breath. Focusing on our breathing can reconnect us to our natural rhythm and help us feel connected to something bigger than ourselves.
While headphones aren’t usually associated with mindfulness practices like yoga and meditation, Lucid Audio’s AMPED headphones are unique because they give you access to the soft sounds around us and within us. Lucid Audio’s AMPED headphones work by amplifying the ambient sounds that are around us. These ambient sounds, like rustling of leaves, the purring of the cat, or even our own breath, can help deepen our practice of mindfulness. Feeling in-touch with our environments can help us feel mindful, and AMPED headphones do just that. This makes Lucid’s AMPED headphones the perfect headphones for mindfulness.
Amplify your Surroundings & Breath
The first time I tried on Lucid’s AMPED headphones, I noticed that the microphone picked up on my breath, delivering the sound of my breath back to my ears more clearly than ever before. Being able to hear the sound of my breath was soothing, and I kept the headphones on without even playing music.
I could suddenly hear sounds around the house that I hadn’t noticed before. I heard the chair creak as my dog jumped off of it. I heard someone across the house pouring a glass of water. And I heard my fingers tapping against my desk. Noticing all of these sounds helped me feel connected to my environment.
You’re in Control
One wonderful feature of the Lucid’s AMPED Headphones is that you have complete control over how much amplification you hear. You can easily turn the amplification off if you want to fully immerse yourself in a phone call or your favorite album. You have broad control over the degree of amplification you choose. You can hear as many or as few outside sounds as you’d like.
My personal recommendation is to spend a few moments everyday using your Lucid AMPED headphones solely to listen to ambient sounds. In the morning, you might consider sitting in a quiet place with your Lucid AMPED headphones and taking deep breaths to focus on the sound of your inhales and your exhales. For me, it is a truly beautiful experience to notice sounds that otherwise would have been hidden from me.
Check out Lucid’s AMPED headphones if you’re looking for headphones for mindfulness.