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Want some 3D-printed earbuds that never fall out of your ears?
Electronic Products ^ | 6/26/14 | Nicolette Emmino

Posted on 07/02/2014 7:46:09 PM PDT by null and void

Imagine you’re out for a jog or riding on the bus. For some this is an opportune time to pop in their earbuds and listen to some music or listen to a good book, but sometimes those earbuds fall out because they don’t fit your ear perfectly, especially if you’re on the move. This can be quite frustrating.

A San Diego start-up company called OwnPhones has discovered a solution—3D-printed tailored earbuds.

How do they work?

Get a friend to take a close-up picture of your ear using the iOS app (an app is not yet available for Android), and upload your ear picture via app to the OwnPhones server where it’s converted into a 3D model and then printed using 3D-printing technology.

The earbuds use Bluetooth 4.0 technology so they’re completely wireless and can be customized in a variety of ways. For example, you can select your colors, style, and materials, which can be customized to be more rugged if you need the earbuds for more strenuous activities, but you can also create your own version of selective hearing.

Using the app, you can control whether you want to shut out external sounds and allow just “Real World Notifications,” such as transportation announcements, phone calls, or doorbells. You can even blend outside sounds with whatever you’re listening to.

You can even use an OwnStatus LED- a light system that tells others that you’re busy. This works almost like a traffic light (red indicates busy and green let’s people know it’s acceptable to approach).

Watch this quick teaser video to see what these headphones are all about.

[video at source]

OwnPhone’s Kickstarter campaign goes live in July so you’ll be able to get some more pricing information then.


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One of custom products, perfect for the 3-D printer design space
1 posted on 07/02/2014 7:46:09 PM PDT by null and void
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To: AFPhys; AD from SpringBay; ADemocratNoMore; aimhigh; AnalogReigns; archy; ArrogantBustard; ...
3-D Printer Ping!


2 posted on 07/02/2014 7:47:28 PM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: null and void
I'm waiting for the bluetooth implant to the mastoid.

/johnny

3 posted on 07/02/2014 7:48:31 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: null and void

Want.


4 posted on 07/02/2014 7:48:43 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I think I’d prefer one I can remove when it’s hacked.


5 posted on 07/02/2014 7:55:41 PM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: null and void

Got anything to shut the ex’s pie hole?


6 posted on 07/02/2014 7:56:30 PM PDT by Libloather (Embrace the suck)
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To: null and void
What could possibly go wrong? Besides an endless Barry Manilow loop? ;)

/johnny

7 posted on 07/02/2014 7:56:43 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: null and void
Definitely a GOOD IDEA.

Plenty of market potential.

8 posted on 07/02/2014 7:57:20 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Libloather

Get a bigger improved version, call C.O.P.S. and link it here so we can watch the fun.


9 posted on 07/02/2014 7:59:34 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Libloather
Several calibers. uh, I mean uh, ummmm. no
10 posted on 07/02/2014 8:02:12 PM PDT by null and void (If Bill Clinton was the first black president, why isn't Barack Obama the first woman president?)
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To: null and void
I need one of these for LV-426 - put in safer cooling features, mind you.


11 posted on 07/02/2014 8:12:47 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: null and void

I honestly can’t see how an external image can create a 3D model of the inner ear canal. There are scores of companies making custom-molded earbuds now, all using self-hardening goop that is poured into your ear canal. Those obviously create a perfect fit throughout the ear.


12 posted on 07/02/2014 8:18:50 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: null and void
"You can even use an OwnStatus LED- a light system that tells others that you’re busy. This works almost like a traffic light (red indicates busy and green let’s people know it’s acceptable to approach)."

I still get tricked by people talking while alone.

13 posted on 07/02/2014 9:25:36 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: uncommonsense

But nothing showing on kickstarter.


14 posted on 07/03/2014 4:21:41 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ("There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
"Those obviously create a perfect fit throughout the ear."

Not so much. Depends a lot on the skill of the technician. I've worn HA for years/decades, and I've had to go back more than once to get a second impression.

Biggest problem is that they don't push the foam "plug" deeply enough in the ear canal, so the earpiece doesn't form a "sound-tight" seal, and of course there is the safety issue of poking something in your ear (ruptured eardrum).

This is a completely non-contact/safe method of getting the surface shape accurately.

Of course, "earbuds" are a far larger market, but the HA market is not tiny. Of course, the HA vendors will make a much fancier camera/data collection system, and charge an arm and leg for it, but........

15 posted on 07/03/2014 8:34:47 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog (Newly fledged NRA Life Member (after many years as an "annual renewal" sort))
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

and no price listed.


16 posted on 07/03/2014 10:54:17 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Wonder Warthog

My first good pair of earbuds were Ultimate Ears. Fantastic sound, especially after using the crummy, early, hard Apple buds. I’ve tried about 7 brands of “universal” ear buds lately, but they all pop out of my ears. I tried Sennheiser with an over-the-head band, but my ball caps won’t fit over them when I’m hiking. I’m planning on trying custom-molded next, maybe even having an audiologist fit new UEs. I was researching Westone yesterday and they seem to have good reviews, too.


17 posted on 07/03/2014 12:51:26 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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