Opn™ is Oticon's newest hearing aid family. Running on Oticon's new Velox™ Platform, the Opn™ will process data 50x faster than Oticon's previous processing platform, "Inium Sense." Oticon has also bumped the number of frequency processing channels to 64 and added an environmental analysis that runs in excess of 100x per second. Oticon claims that all this processing power has helped them to achieve better speech understanding, reduced listening effort, and an increase the ability to remember conversations.
Aside from processing improvements the Oticon Opn™ miniRITE is the first Oticon hearing have direct iPhone connectivity. This means no more intermediary device necessary to stream audio, phone calls, etc, from your iPhone (or compatible iOS device). From Oticon's marketing materials: Oticon Opn is compatible with iPhone SE, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th and 6th generation). Devices must be running iOS 9.3 or later.
Opn™ may be paired with the TV Adapter 3.0 for a 2.4GHz audio streaming solution for television. Again, no intermediary device is required. For more information on this solution, check out the technical data sheet.
One last very interesting improvement: Oticon is the first hearing aid manufacturer to add an integration with the If This Then That (IFTTT) network, which effectively enables Opn™ users to control their home via "Internet of Things (IoT)" Not sure what that means? You're not alone! Here's a brief description of IoT from Wikipedia: The internet of things (IoT) is the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data. The IoT allows objects to be sensed and controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure, creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit; when IoT is augmented with sensors and actuators, the technology becomes an instance of the more general class of cyber-physical systems, which also encompasses technologies such as smart grids, smart homes, intelligent transportation and smart cities. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to interoperate within the existing Internet infrastructure. Experts estimate that the IoT will consist of almost 50 billion objects by 2020.
So what does having your hearing aid connected to IFTTT/IoT mean for you anyway? In Oticon's own words: The Oticon ON app unlocks the power of the internet of things. IFTTT (If This Then That) is an ever expanding internet-based service, which enables you to integrate your hearing solution with a vast range of online products and solutions such as your home lighting, doorbell, alarm system, and mobile phone. For more information on IFTTT and the Oticon Opn™ see our article: Oticon Opn Internet-Connected Hearing Aids Offer More Than Amplification