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The Zipi is a Kickstarter project that appears humble and almost silly on the surface, but that actually solves one of the biggest problems I have with day-to-day use of earbud headphones. I use earbuds whenever I leave the house, because exposing yourself to the noise of streets and other human beings going about their business is unconscionable, but getting them out of the way when you want to interact with people is a pain.
To solve this, the Zipi adds an around-the-neck strap to any existing pair of earbuds, with a simple magnetic clip-on design. It connects via magnets at the back of your neck, separates easily enough when you want to remove them entirely, and prevents your earbuds from just falling to the ground when you take them out of your ears.
Ordinarily when I remove earbuds on the go, I awkwardly throw them over one shoulder or roll them up and stuff them in a pocket. In scenario one, they almost always sneak off my shoulders and find their way to the floor where I step on them. In scenario two, getting them off and then putting them back on again amounts to a full-scale production, which is extremely annoying if you also happen to be carrying any bags or coffee or whatever.
I can still foresee potential issues with coat collars and other jazz with the Zipi, but it looks favorable when compared with the terrible, unending nightmare that is my current state of earbud cord management. Plus they’re only $ 6 per unit at the introductory early backer price, and they don’t seem to require any kind of advanced engineering that could cause innumerable shipping delays.
Project creator Frank Cho has a Master’s degree from MIT in AI, as well as a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in computer graphics, so he’s clearly got a good head on his shoulders. He makes no secret about the fact that the Zipi is his first foray into product design, but he has a realistic timeframe for delivery of early September and a fully functional prototype already built, so here’s hoping the Zipi meets its modest $ 6,000 funding goal.
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We understand you have actually got questions, and if you’re endure enough to ask the globe for answers, then right here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget inquiry is from Brandon, who requires some earbuds that will not leave his head when he’s on the treadmill. If you’re aiming to ask among your very own, drop us a line at ask [ at ] engadget [ dawt ] com.
“I’ve been having problems at the gym with my earphones coming out of my ears. As of now, I’m making use of a fundamental pair of Sony sport headphones, but exists a pair of moderately priced ear-buds that do the trick of really remaining in your ear while running?”
Last time we asked, you were divided in between those who treasured robustness (and a low rate) and audiophiles who couldn’t bear to hear inferior gear.
If you’re in the previous camping ground:
If you’re in the latter camping ground:
- Sennhesier’s variety of Adidas-branded sports-headsets got a couple of mentions
- But overwhelmingly, people went gaga for Klipsch’s S4s.
Still, that was then and this is now, so let’s turn the question over to you again to see if we could smash our heads together and get some expertise to fall out.
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While reports of the new iPhone have actually been rampant for most of the summertime, not a lot has actually been leaked about accessories besides a purported new cable. That is till now. Vietnamese tech blog site Tinhte. vn, which has a fairly good track record, has actually uploaded a video and hands-on images of exactly what appear to be recently revamped earbuds.
The brand-new buds are supposedly being made in a Vietnamese Foxconn factory and will certainly be bundled with the upcoming iPhone. While the initial video presentation consisted of audio, the video has because been changed with one sans audio. MacRumors, nonetheless, has a records from the original video:
In my hands are the new earphones for the iPhone 5 that is about to come out – Apple ’ s next generation of iPod [sic]. These will change the existing earphones that are on the marketplace. These are produced at Phax Co factory in Vietnam. They have the appearance of an equine ’ s head, not like earbuds. When they are worn, they have a much smaller profile. They have the look of a completely incorporated, single unit – there ’ s no part that looks like it would certainly come apart – not like earbuds; the integrated design is symbolic of Apple products. Here I have the old earphones for contrast. The brand-new ones are much smaller; when they are worn, they do not hurt the method earbuds do. You can easily see on the old ones the surface is a separate part that resembles it can be detached – not like the small area of the new one. The old earphones were usually made in China, with some in Vietnam. But the brand-new ones are clearly made in Vietnam. (Reviewing from the wires): “ Created by Apple in California, assembled in Vietnam. ”
They definitely look Applesque however we won ’ t know for sure till Apple ’ s purported September 12 event where the business is commonly expected to announce its newest generation iPhone.
The pack-in earbuds for iPhones and iPods have been among the most identifiable of innovation symbols for more than a decade … simply not for their technical qualities. They’re infamous for slipping out of wearers’ ears and having an average noise next to nearly anything else you can buy. If Tinhte‘s own discovery in Vietnam is genuine, Apple may be breaking with yet another one of its longstanding traditions this year by redesigning those earpieces for the better. Gone are the standard buds that just vaguely aim towards your ear canals. As an alternative, exactly what’s on program has oval tips really freely looking like those of the Klipsch Image S4 II, and slots in at an angle to fit even more directly into the canals– not to discuss more easily, based upon very early tests. We can not ensure that these headphones are more than merely the items of a high-reaching third-party manufacturer, but Tinhte has had a really good track record for snagging pre-release Apple gear, and that “Created by Apple in California Assembled in Vietnam” lettering would certainly reduce the possibilities to either a good KIRF or the genuine thing. One means or the additional, we could recognize the fact quickly enough.
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We’re baffled that we missed this gem of news during the bustle of CES, but it turns out that Koss has recently announced a new version of its iconic PortaPro headphones. The PortaPro KTC (Koss Touch Control), as it’s dubbed, is essentially the same piece of retro kit that’s been delighting ears and keeping wallets chubby for nearly three decades. The KTC bit in its name refers to the inclusion of an iDevice-certified inline remote / mic, aimed at keeping on-the-go users in sync with their playlists and phone calls. If you prefer earbuds, but hate tangled cords, then the company’s interlocking intra-aurals might be to your liking. This lineup features in-ears which snap into each other for easier storage. You’ll have a choice between the IL-100 and 200, the latter of which distinguishes itself with the mere addition of an inline remote for iPhones. While there’s no word on pricing just yet for any of the aforementioned units, Koss aims to begin ship the new audio-wares once spring is in full bloom. For now, you’ll find the press releases and a render of the ‘buds after the break.
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We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget inquiry is coming to us from Henri, who seems understandably tired of his earbuds falling out whilst exercising. If you’re looking to send in an inquiry of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com.
“I’m planning to buy a set of earbuds for outdoor use, mainly for sport. There are so many options — I’m curious if anyone has any specific suggestions. It goes without saying that the plugs should be easy to pop in the ear as well as take them off, and the wire to player should be as light as possible. Thanks for the help!”
Got any headphones you love taking to the gym? How’s about a set that doesn’t fall out? Toss your suggestion(s) in comments below!
JAYS has been dishing out slick looking audio gear for years, but before now it only offered models with inline remotes compatible with iDevices. Good thing the new a-JAYS One+ has arrived to bring some fashion forward ‘phones to a bevy of handsets and give Klipsch some competition. The One+ still has tangle-free flat cables, sleek looks, and the matte-black finish you know and love, but it can now control devices from HTC, Samsung, BlackBerry and LG with its one-button inline remote. This is truly an egalitarian set of earbuds, as it works whether your phone’s running iOS, Windows Mobile, or Android. Plus, there’s a free JAYS Headset Control Android app that brings voice, volume and track controls to your little green bot. It’ll be available sometime in Q4 of this year for $ 50, so peep the PR and the source below to ready yourself for its arrival.