Have you ever wished that earbuds came in a one-size-fits-all package? And when I say “fit” I am a “perfect fit” – not “it’s in there, but it may be a tad too big or a little bit too small”. I guess we’ve all been in that situation. Even with some of the best brands out there, we still have to choose the pair of rubber fixtures that will suit our preferences in the best possible way – the perfect blend of comfort and sound quality.
Enter Asius Technologies, which has been working on inflatable earbuds. Stephen Ambrose is the man behind the concept, a trailblazer in the realm of technology and the founder of Asius Technologies as well.
The inflatable earbuds do what the name says – they inflate to fit the ears of the user. Ambrose’s vivid description is probably the best way to explain the earbuds, but I have to say it creeps me out – just a little bit.
You don’t have to slide it into the ear because it actually crawls into the ear canal and unfurls.
I think it’s the combination of ”crawl”, “ear canal”, and “unfurl” in one statement that just doesn’t sit perfectly well with me.
In any case, the premise of the inflatable earbuds is brilliant. Not only does the material block outside noise – you’ve got noise isolation covered then – it also acts as an absorber for excessive sound pressure from the speaker. In short, it can help avoid damaging your eardrums.
While it is all very new, there is good indication that we might be seeing inflatable earbuds on our favorite audio equipment brands in the future. Some names that have been brought up include Apple, Sony, and Sennheiser. Granted, the early prototypes do not look very enticing, but I am sure by the time the design goes through the creatives of those brands, we’ll have something that will serve as eye candy as well.
On another note, while the main interest for consumer technology lies in earbuds we use to listen to music, the underlying technology for the inflatable earbuds can also be used in other applications such as hearing aids.
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