Wearing headphones is traditionally a singular experience. We put on our headphones, immerse ourselves in the music and effectively cut ourselves off from the rest of the world. Listening to music, however, is not essentially a cloistering experience. In our socially mediated digital era, it is something to be shared rather than kept private.
In a concept designed by Roel Denden users can share music with each other through a set of headphones that can separate into two pairs. Twin Headphones, use wireless technology to broadcast the same music to both the wearers when they are in proximity to each other. As opposed to a concert–which is a more communal experience –the separable headphones create an immersive environment where friends or strangers can connect through the immediate act of sharing a song or artist.
What’s more, the open ring component of the Twin Headphone design allows the user to listen to music without necessarily cutting themselves off from the rest of the world. We remain in touch with our surroundings while still being able to engage with what we are listening to.
The Twin Headphones translate the sharing of music into a physical, real-time act that fosters interaction. It also provides an interesting hack to the isolation of headphone listening in public. In this way, technology no longer operates as a distraction from the real world, but a supplement to enhancement it.