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TicPods Free, A Cheaper AirPod Alternative, Are Raking In Indiegogo Money

By Natalie Daher

Photography by Mobvoi

A new “true wireless,” crowdfunded headphone could be a cheaper alternative to Apple's AirPods.

The TicPods Free headphones, created by Beijing-based Mobvoi, have raised more than $900,000 on Indiegogo. The wireless headphone, which includes a charging case, cost $79 for early birds. Buyers can expect a July 2018 delivery.

The model is based on a simple “touch” to activate any function, from volume control to phone calls. Other notable function: music pauses if you remove one ear bud.

"Being able to offer premium quality smart devices at a reasonable cost to consumers is at the heart of what Mobvoi stands for," Mobvoi's Zhifei Li, CEO and co-founder, said in a release. "Based on the response and feedback from our growing, supportive community, this is something we will continue to strive for in all future projects."

Available colors include white, red or blue. Mobvoi was founded by former Google employees in 2012 and also sells smart watches and a smart speaker.

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