Budsnaps arrive on Kickstarter, a simple way to stop your earbuds from falling out of your ears

Budsnaps arrive on Kickstarter, a simple way to stop your earbuds from falling out of your earsA new project has arrived on Kickstarter called Budsnaps, that claims to be able to stop your Apple earbuds from falling out of your ears when moving around. Anyone who uses Apple’s iconic white earbuds will instantly recognise this problem and now there could be a really simple solution to stop them falling out.

I bought all kinds of earbuds of all shapes, sizes and prices - and not one worked for me. They either fell out or they were uncomfortable and for many the sound quality was poor. So, I set out to solve the problem myself. I'm not a designer but I have a creative mind and I was determined to find a solution. I worked through a heap of different prototypes using all sorts of materials from metal, plastic, string, magnets and many more. Eventually I hit up on the final design and found someone who could get the idea from my head, on to a computer and then run some prototypes. We now have patents pending on a number of clever design features. The prototypes turned out great - they worked!!!

This simple design totally transforms your listening experience. You can do the most vigorous exercise (workout, jog, cycle, yoga etc.) or just simply sit and chill knowing that your iPhone earbuds are going to stay in place. Not only do the iPhone earbuds stay in, but the budsnap can be moved up and down the earbud and therefore located anywhere on your ear to ensure the sweet spot for the best sound is found and kept. Other budsnaps benefits also mean you can continue to wear your glasses or earrings and they are hygenic too - just wash them off after a hectic workout.

The Budsnaps will be available in different colors and work specifically with the original Apple white earbuds and also with the recently revamped Apple EarPods. If you love using your Apple buds and want to use them when working out or moving around then the Budsnaps could be for you.

If you want to get involved and become one of the first to get your hands on the Budsnaps, you can make a pledge on the projects Kickstarter page. A pledge of $10 will get you a white set if it makes its funding target. It currently sits at just over $1K of pledges from its funding total of $11.5K; the project still has 39 days to go.

What do you think about the Budsnaps? Could you see yourself using something like this to keep your classic earbuds or EarPods in place when working out?

Source: Kickstarter

chrisoldroyd

UK editor at iMore, mobile technology lover and air conditioning design engineer.

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There are 6 comments. Add yours.

gordol says:

Apple Earbuds sound horrible anyway. There are better quality sets that stay in the ear for the same or less than the Apple Earbuds.

Galley says:

Apple's EarPods actually sound great!

gordol says:

I tried the pair that came with my iPhone 5... They do not sound great. They are almost as bad as the original earbuds with prior models.

Solublepeter says:

I wonder how they could get these to grip tightly enough to hold onto your ears, without being uncomfortable?

(I'm also a little dubious about any statement about audio quality, after listening to the sound on that video. Rerecording the speech track with a much-closer microphone would bring the audio quality to the level of the video)

budsnaps says:

Hi

The budsnaps just grip enough to hold onto the ear then lock in place. This locking feature means there is no need to pinch or sqeeze the ear too tight to stay put. The budsnaps are as a result comfortable even over long periods. Hope this helps.

Thanks, Rob

camzac08 says:

So I wasn't sure where to post this but I'm having trouble finding a Kickstarter article on here. I was reading about a new project called the "Thermodos" on the iMore iPhone app. I was really interested about it so I went to go find it on the website. I found the link on google but it keeps saying "Access Denied". Any ideas?