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Would You Wear The Moto Hint Bluetooth Speaker?


The stigma with Bluetooth earbuds continues mostly unabated; being seen with one in your ear is still a surefire way to declare yourself as a somewhat of a pompous nerd. But the Motorola Hint has a design aesthetic that makes it tempting to believe you could be forgiven for wearing it in public. It’s tiny, and doesn’t have a boom mic that wraps around your cheek, nor a plastic hook to hold on to your ear. It’s just a tiny bud that inserts in your ear and looks like a stylish hearing aid. Due to its small size, the battery doesn’t last very long, but the cool carrying case it comes in features a battery of its own that tops the Hint back up, up to twice, before needing a charge of its own. Pass-through audio also means you don’t have to sacrifice hearing in one ear when you’re not using it. It’s also not device specific, and will work with anything that has Bluetooth. It’s $149, but isn’t available yet. You can visit the website to sign up to be notified of its availability.

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For That Perfect Fit: OwnPhones Personalized Earbuds


If you want a perfect fit, then your best bet would be to have whatever it is you want custom made. Whether it’s a suit, a pair of pants, or a pair of shoes, custom-made is the way to go if you have cash to spare. And with OwnPhones, you can now have a pair of personalized earbuds made so they’ll fit your ears’ every arch and curve.

OwnPhones will be launching a campaign on Kickstarter sometime this month to raise funds to finish development on their product. Users who want to have custom-made earbuds simply have to record a clip showing both of their ears using OwnPhone’s mobile app and wait for their personalized earbuds to arrive in the mail.

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Gastropods for Your iPod: Snail and Slug Earbuds

Snail & Slug Earbuds

If snails and slugs don’t bother you, then you might find these earbuds pretty neat. But if you get easily spooked by bugs and cringe at the thought of gastropods like snails and slugs, then you might want to steer clear of these. The Snail and Slug earbuds could be your worst fears realized: snails and slugs crawling up your neck and into your ears, and there’s nothing you can do about it…

Far from being a nightmare, these earbuds actually exist and they will no doubt elicit a second look from most people who see you using it.

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Smart Earbuds Pack A Ton Of Features In A Tiny Package


The Dash, a set of Wireless Smart In-Ear Headphones, pack so many sensors and features that it would take a pretty long article for us to cover them all. Consider this. There is a 3-axis accelerometer, a thermometer, a 5 field capacitive sensor, an ear bone mic, an ambient mic, and a red + IR LED & optical sensor crammed within two tiny buds that go inside your ear. Why? So you can “track your pace, steps, cadence, distance, heart rate, oxygen saturation, and energy spent, [while] relaying the information back to your devices via Bluetooth.” You can stream songs to them, or use the integrated 4GB of storage. You can block ambient sounds through passive sound isolation, or you can allow some sounds to filter in so you don’t get hit by a car. All these features are accessible via touch gestures on the outside of the buds themselves, by the way. The battery will last between 3 and 4 hours, which is pretty much the only blemish we see on an otherwise impressive package. And we’re just skimming the surface here. These buds have some serious tech in them, and for a $199 pledge, they seem to not be overpriced once bit.

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High-Tech Fashion: Earbud Earrings

Earbug Earrings


When tech and fashion collide, this is what you get: earbud earrings. They’re basically earphones with a dangling bird decor right behind the buds, so they double as earrings when you put them on. This is one of those things that people will absolutely love or hate when they see it. So which side are you on?

Personally, I think it’s a fun way of jazzing up earbuds. Colored and bejewelled earbuds are already available in the market, so this isn’t the only way to do it, but it’s certainly unusual. That said, I can see how many people will dislike this simply because of how it looks and the fact that it can add some additional (and unwanted) weight on each of the buds.

They’re available online from Maxiga for $27.

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Button 2.0: Genius Or Stupid?

Why re-invent the wheel, right? Well, we’re not sure, but we sort of want to like the above Button 2.0. It’s a lowly button, unchanged in millennia, only this time it’s been “re-engineered” for the 21st century: it now sports a groove on its side that allows it to fasten an earbud cable, preventing it from swinging around.

At the same time, we’re thinking that it seems to be trying too hard. Is it really solving any kind of problem? By adding $3 to any garment, is it worth it?

We… just don’t know how to feel about it. Maybe you guys can opine? In any case, Button 2.0 seems to be the latest example of a thriving 3D printing market, where objects are now available for purchase at the whim of anyone with an idea and some time to develop a simple 3D model. Whether this is good or not remains to be seen, though we suspect that consumer interest will eventually settle the marketplace and weed out the losers from the winners.

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Props Attachment Keeps Earbuds From Dropping Down When Out Of Your Ears

By David Ponce

We live in a comfortable world, where thinking men and women spend time and effort creating products that solve the smallest, most insignificant of problems we have. Like when we take our earbuds out for a little bit, and have nowhere to put them. Do we just hold them in our hands? Let’em dangle down? Our pockets? The Prop is a polypropylene and silicone tether that latches onto your earbuds and holds onto them when they come out. It comes with an adjustable slider “for a perfect fit”, but really we think that feature is just something someone thought of so that they could put it in the product description. It’s $5 and is being made by Quirky, so it should see production soon, although we’re not sure exactly when.

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Superbeam USB Earbuds Are Boomless Binaural Recorders

By David Ponce

Let’s break that headline down a bit, shall we? The Superbeam USB earbuds from Andrea Electronics are primarily meant to be used with your computer while doing video calls. They are boomless, which means you won’t have that annoying microphone extend right in front of your mouth, making you look like a failed boy-band member. They are also binaural in that they will pick up your voice from both sides, rendering your sound in stereo. And they’re recorders because, well, they can record. In stereo. Without a boom.

There’s talk of neodymium drivers, noise cancellation, “adaptive beam forming” and other tech things that are meant to justify their $129 pricetag. Oh and an extra $10 for the accessory that would let you use them with a regular solo 3.5mm jack for audio only, since they have two plugs. It’s a lot of money to get rid of a boom but maybe not looking like Justin Timberlake on a conference call is worth that much to someone.

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Yurbuds Ironman Series Earphones

Yurbuds Ironman Series Earphones (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Every year at CES we tend to be drawn to the smaller booths where you can find some truly unique and innovative gadgets if you look hard enough. It’s not that we’re not impressed that Sony or Panasonic has managed to add a couple of extra inches to their flagship 3D TVs, it’s just that we like rooting for the smaller guys too. Like a company called Yurbuds which make silicone ‘earbud enhancers’ that not only vastly improve the performance of the stock earbuds you get with devices like the iPhone & iPod, but also provide a more comfortable in-ear listening experience with a comfortable design that avoids touching sensitive nerve endings in your ears.

Since the Yurbuds come in different sizes to be most effective for every user, we were mostly drawn to their booth last year after seeing a demo of their clever iPhone sizing app. But it turns out the Yurbuds actually work very, very well if you’re still using the stock iPhone/iPod earbuds, and one of our OhGizmo! writers has actually been using his set non-stop since last year’s show.

So this year we were happy to see the company has already grown quite a bit, and now offers an official Ironman-themed version of the Yurbuds featuring a matching set of red earbuds and enhancers. It makes sense too given the idea for the Yurbuds came from the company’s CEO, Seth Burgett, who’s an avid triathlete. In fact besides comfort and sound quality, the soft silicone design of the Yurbuds makes them damn near impossible to fall out, even during extreme physical activities like marathons, or in our case, battling for seats on the subway. Available now for $49.99.

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