3D-Printed Headphones Double as Ear Jewelry
OwnPhones are wireless earbuds that are designed to match the wearer's personal style
For many people finding a set of earphones that fit their ears perfectly can be a futile exercise. Sometimes, not one of the available sizes just won’t work – either they fall off during exercise or they start to hurt after a few minutes.
Startup OwnPhones hopes to end the search for the perfect earphones with their wireless, custom-fit and 3D-printed earbuds that are uniquely designed not only to fit the user’s ears perfectly but also match their personal style.
OwnPhones earbuds are custom made for the user based on a 3D scan of their ears using the OwnPhones mobile app. All the user has to do is upload a video scan of their ears when they order. The OwnPhones servers will convert the video to 3D data so that custom-fit earbuds can be 3D-printed specifically for the user.
Since OwnPhones are custom made and 3D-printed for the user, they are built exclusively for their ears. That means they’re created to fit snugly yet comfortably and to stay in place while providing users with high-quality audio as well as adjustable noise cancellation for all types of environment.
Itamar Jobani, OwnPhones founder and CEO, says,
OwnPhones represents a new paradigm in manufacturing – instead of producing millions of identical earbuds for different ears, we 3D-print earbuds tailor made to each user. Ears are like fingerprints – each one is unique, so we were able to develop earbuds that are custom made to actually fit your ears properly!
OwnPhones earbuds can also be custom made to match the user’s style and personality. That is, the earphones essentially double as a set of ear jewelry and give users a chance to choose among various styles, colors, graphics and glossy finish so that they can make their desired fashion statement.
OwnPhones come in four types: Fit, Designer Fit, Smart Fit and Jewelry Collection. OwnPhones Fit earbuds are the basic custom-fit ones that are designed and made for the user’s ears. Designer Fit earbuds come in the user’s choice of graphics and glossy finish to fit their style. Smart Fit earbuds comes with an advanced digital signal processor that allows users added control over what they want to hear. The Jewelry Collection comes in the user’s desired design, shape, metal plating, or gemstones.
The company is currently crowdfunding the product on Kickstarter and has already raised over twice its goal with a little over a week to go in the campaign. Backers can still avail of the OwnPhones Fit Early Bird special for $149 or the OwnPhones Designer Fit Early Bird special for $175. The earbuds are expected to ship out starting March 2015. The suggested retail price for OwnPhones start at $299 when they launch next year.
Check out the Kickstarter video here for more.