Bluewire Audio LLC, a start-up company founded by Andy and Emily Proos that is working to develop a safer and less cumbersome way to listen to audio while running or engaged in other physical activity, will exhibit at the John Hancock Sport & Fitness Expo during the 2016 Boston Marathon.
Andy Proos first got the idea for Bluewire Audio in 2009 while training for the Marine Corps Marathon. He wanted to listen to music safely while out on long runs in his rural neighborhood and didn't want to use earbuds or earphones that would cancel out traffic noise and other dangers. When his daughter Emily Proos was in her senior year at Babson College studying business administration, they founded Bluewire Audio to develop a Bluetooth speaker system that runners could insert into their headgear and avoid putting in their ears.
Necessity is the mother of invention, and marathon runner Andy Proos needed a way to listen to music safely while doing his long training runs. “Once you get up to 10 or 12 miles, you really need to listen to music,” Mr. Proos said. Concerned about the safety of using ear buds and noise-canceling headphones while running, Mr. Proos said, he would stick speakers to his shirt. He became convinced he had a good idea in 2012, when he was running a half marathon in Philadelphia and an ambulance needed to pass the runners, and one runner did not hear the siren and did not move out of the way.
The builders in this case are Emily and Dr. Andrew Proos, daughter-and-father co-founders of Bluewire Audio LLC. Incorporated last year, the Northborough company is on a mission to create a wearable speaker system that's interchangeable between different hats, visors and headbands.