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Kickstarted earbuds will automatically mold to the specific shape of your ear
Personalized earphones aren’t a new idea. Everyone has had that irritating experience of owning earbuds that needed constant readjustment lest they fall right out. A few people with money to burn got fed up with that experience and finally forked over the cash to get fitted for their own earbuds. What does that process look like? Well, if you want earphones custom-fitted to the exact shape of your ear, it’s usually going to take about $1000, a month-long ordeal, and interaction with an audiologist. However, one Kickstarter project is looking to change that.
They’re called Revols, and the young company by the same name is touting them as “The last earphones you’ll ever need.” These earbuds come with a generic shape, but once you put them in your ears and activate them with the accompanying smartphone app, the soft gel of the earpiece molds itself to the contours of your ear, permanently creating a shape perfectly suited for your ears. It takes sixty seconds, and you can do it in your own home, right out of the box.
The price tag? Once the project is funded, these Bluetooth earphones will sell for $300. However, those who back the Kickstarter campaign at $199 or $229 can get their hands on the whole package, plus a few extra perks.
The self-molding feature, while easily the most unique attribute about these earphones, isn’t their only selling point. Revols has gone out of their way to cram as much into this premium product as possible. The wireless earphones have an 8-14 hour battery life (depending on whether or not you spring for the Revive battery pack) and the top-of-the-line noise cancellation allows you to listen to your music at much safer volumes.
If you want to let some of the world around you in, the companion app has a slider that you can use to scale back the noise cancellation, allowing the earbuds to funnel a selected amount of outside noise into your ears.
Frankly, the whole setup looks slick as hell. If you’re sick of replacing one cheap pair of headphones after another, you might want to check out the Kickstarter page and grab a pair of these babies at the reduced price. The campaign has already more than doubled its initial $100,000 goal, but it’s still got two months to go. Even if you’re not in the market for new earbuds, it’s nevertheless a fascinating product idea to read about.