Bang & Olufsen and Ferrari have collaborated on a new line of exclusive headphones and speakers, including red Ferrari-themed versions of the Beosound 2 and Beosound Explore speakers, Beoplay H95 headphones and Beoplay EX earphones.
Kristian Teär, CEO of Bang & Olufsen, explained the concept: “The energy behind this partnership is electrifying. It’s not just about today; it’s about the echo of history as we came together to craft this fusion […] The ties go back to the origins of both B&O and Ferrari. Enzo Ferrari, Peter Bang, and Svend Olufsen were pioneers who redefined norms, and their legacies continue to push our brands to new heights even now”.
The Beosound 2 employs a 360-degree soundscape with Active RoomSense for perfect audio reproduction, whether mounted on floors, tables, or shelves. The Ferrari Collection version of this superb speaker gets a makeover in signature Ferrari red, along with iconic prancing horse emblems etched into its aluminum body.
Beoplay H95 Headphones
The H95 headphone’s titanium drivers deliver a weighty audio punch, while adaptive active noise cancellation can be dialed in by rotating the earcup’s outer aluminum ring. These sumptuous over-ear headphones are good for 38 hours of playback, and for the Ferrari edition, sport hints of red anodizing and more of those legendary horse emblems.
The Beosound Explore is a portable outdoor speaker engineered with a dust and waterproof IP67 rating. Bluetooth connectivity and Fast Pairing ensure a simple setup, while the built-in battery offers 27 hours of music on the go. For the Ferrari collaboration, the Beosound Explore features laser-etched prancing horse emblems and bold red anodizing on the body and grille.
The Beoplay EX wireless earphones offer supreme noise cancellation, unrivaled sound, and a wireless charging case for 20 hours of playback. Six microphones and beam-forming technology ensure that music and voice calls sound perfect, while Ferrari emblems in black foil set under glass put these headphones on another level.
Abu Dhabi’s Hub71 To Help Climate Technology Startups
The initiative was announced at the COP28 summit and will help selected startups with a $200,000 cash injection and further incentives.
Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s global technology system, has launched a new initiative to support climate technology startups backed by several of the UAE’s largest public and private sector organizations.
A total of 342 startups have submitted applications so far, with the top companies being added to a shortlist that will be revealed shortly. Selected startups will receive Dh250,000 ($68,000) in incentives and an upfront cash support package of Dh250,000. In addition, the top performers of Hub71’s new initiative will also receive a top-up of up to Dh250,000 in exchange for additional equity.
Ahmad Alwan, deputy chief executive of Hub71, said: “This initiative aims to bring in different entities that have a shared mission towards climate tech […] Throughout the journey, we will support these companies, not only from being startups to becoming mature companies but also to facilitate their engagement with entities that would support them with access to capital, market, and talent”.
The Hub71+ ClimateTech ecosystem is backed by the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company and the National Central Cooling Company, who have each pledged Dh500,000 to the initiative as anchor partners.
They are joined by corporate partners, including Abu Dhabi holding company ADQ, Aldar Properties, sovereign wealth fund Mubadala, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Masdar City, and Dubai’s Emirates NBD. In addition, Siemens Energy is also onboard as an anchor partner.
So far, Hub71 has helped 260 member startups and created over 1,000 jobs, according to the organization’s website. In addition, it has collectively raised around Dh5 billion since its foundation in 2019.