philippe starck: zik headphones
philippe starck: zik headphones
jan 12, 2012

philippe starck: zik headphones



french designer philippe starck has taken the occasion of CES 2012 to introduce his ‘zik’ headphones for parrot, a high-tech design optimized for both intuitive music control and seamless integration with smartphones as a headset. the earphones include a capacitive touch panel controlled by intuitive gestures: swiping upwards increases the volume while swiping downwards lowers it; swiping forward or backwards navigates through the track list. the system also features active noise control, in which two microphones register the internal sound and two pick up external noise, which can then be isolated and cancelled. parrot’s ‘concert hall effect’ processing algorithm increases sound fidelity by mimicking the depth achieved by surround-sound input.

philippe starck: zik headphones full view(main) images courtesy of parrot



NFC (near field communication) -compatible, philippe starck‘s zik headset for parrot syncs seamlessly with smartphones via bluetooth. furthermore, a bone conduction sensor detects jaw movement, optimizing sound for clearer calls when the user seems to be in the midst of a telephone conversation. a motion detection sensor determines when the headset is raised and in use, in contrast to when it is removed or being worn around the neck. showcased at CES 2012, the device automatically activates bluetooth in the former circumstance and turns it off– as well as pauses music playback– in the second.

philippe starck: zik headphones detail

philippe starck: zik headphones motion detection sensor activates bluetooth when the device is in use, turning it off when not


talking with philippe starck about ‘zik’
  • sony headphones look better

    sony headphones
  • Nothing new here.

  • The design is really bad ! It looks like a Harley-Davidson product 🙂
    Mr. Starck it is time to say goodbye to the design world.

  • It looks like bicycle wheels for kids

    I am not starck
  • naaaah not cool….

  • Not one to criticise the Master, but the term “grosse merde” springs to mind…

  • Amazing technology, but i agree with Cedric. Starck has lost it. His designs are now missing the “je ne sais quoi”.

  • I think they look nice but really doesnt look innovative

  • I think that Philippe Starck is totally \”has been\” !
    These headphones look super old !!!

  • I’m not a Starck-ophile but I gotta say I’m impressed. I really like the design, especially the chunky but flattened earphones. and the tapered lines connecting to the over-the-head bar. And then it also has really nice, useful features? Great. I doubt I’ll be able to afford it, but really nice.

    Tony M.

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