Bragi Unveils 'MyTap' Update to Control Headphones Through Gestures on the Cheek

Wednesday November 2, 2016 8:18 AM PDT by Mitchel Broussard

Wireless headphone company Bragi today announced an incoming update to its flagship Bluetooth device, The Dash, which will bring with it an all-new way for users to interact with Bragi's "Kinetic User Interface." Coming November 21, Bragi OS 2.2 will introduce users to a beta of "MyTap," which lets them control the headphones through tap-based gestures placed directly on their cheek and not on The Dash itself.

KUI will also bring about gestures like nodding to accept a phone call from a smartphone connected to The Dash, activating Siri with the tap of a cheek, and even various music playback controls. When it begins rolling out on November 21, KUI will only encompass voice assistant controls (for Siri and Google Now), and the other gestures will arrive in future firmware updates.

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“The Dash was envisioned as a platform offering a lot of hardware capabilities, but not all of this hardware was used from the beginning. Over time, we can let the software grow and enable more features.” – David Dohmen, Sensorics & Data Science at Bragi

“You are way more accurate tapping your own cheek than an external device. That makes it easier to hit it during activities like cycling or running.” - David Dohmen, Sensorics & Data Science at Bragi

Other parts of the update include "Windshield," which Bragi says will improve listening quality and audio transparency in gusty conditions, improved voice quality during phone calls and heart rate measurements, and upgraded Bluetooth capabilities. Previously, OS 2.1 introduced new languages support, "Touch Lock," and integration with Apple HealthKit.


The Dash and The Headphone (Bragi's entry-level Bluetooth headset) have been compared to Apple's upcoming AirPods frequently, enough for Bragi to create a comparison chart between the three devices following Apple's announcement of the AirPods in September. The Dash's premium $299 price tag and high-end activity tracking features are more difficult to compare with the AirPods, which fall in line slightly more with The Headphone. However, only The Dash can receive Bragi's OS updates.

Previous Coverage - Bragi Dash Impressions: Wireless Earphones Offer Enough Quality Features to Counter Small Battery

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45 months ago
Soooooooooo........ speaking of gimmicks.
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Amazing! Next level sh*t! Enticed to buy one of these now instead of the fugly AirPods.

Not sure if serious.
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45 months ago
Anyone feel like the goal here is to sit on a corporate yacht giggling at everyone wearing straws in their ears, tapping themselves on the cheek, looking like they have nervous ticks, and talking to themselves while walking around?
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45 months ago
"I'm NOT having a seizure! I'm just changing songs on my playlist..."
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45 months ago
Seriously why not just use the earbud to control? I bet they spent a lot of money on this. Yes it's pretty clever but I don't see the point.
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45 months ago

After the rumour about the january launch, AppleInsider said they got some inside info saying there's no way they're going to ship that late. I guess it does make sense too - AirPods could be huge for holiday shopping / gifting.

I don't see Apple releasing them in January either. I mean, we're talking three full months out until they release, if the rumor was true. That would only indicate some fault was found during production or some other major issue to be delayed that long. Apple
Is fully aware these were a sequence to launch with the iPhone, especially when deleting the 3.5 Jack.

And missing the holiday mark on these would not be a good thing. Even if it was a January launch, they would still sell strong. But consumers are ready to spend money from now until Christmas.
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Amazing! Next level sh*t! Enticed to buy one of these now instead of the fugly AirPods.
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