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Zipper Earphones Keep Cords From Tangling on the Fly

Tired of sorting out tangled earphone or headphone cords every time you want to take your MP3 player or iPod out for a musical walk? The innovative Y.I concept earphones employ a built-in zipper that keeps cords in order while adding some zip to your coolness quotient. 



Y.I. earphones by designer Ji Woong are in the concept stage right now but the idea is so good, it's inevitable we'll be seeing it in the stores and on the streets as fast as you can zip your fly... and yes, that's a hint.

Woong's design addresses an issue that has plagued audio headphones from their earliest days: the twin cords tend to get entangled when they're being stored.

The problem became worse when modern materials like silicone plastics entered use, as earphone cords made from them seem to have a natural affinity for coiling up around one another. If there were only some way to keep this from happening, thought Woong as he toyed absently with his jacket zipper... hey, wait a minute!

 

 

Woong's Y.I. earphones are a design tour de force on a number of levels. First off, the zipper: unzip for use, zip up to store. You can also adjust the way the headphone cords hang by moving the zipper toggle up or down.

 



The zipper toggle itself cleverly incorporates the volume control. Twist the end to adjust your MP3 player volume and then, push the Volume Hold button to ensure you don't get blasted with sound every time you accidentally bump the toggle. (via DVice and Yanko Design)

Editor's Update: The Zippered Headphones are now available in the U.S. You can find zippered headphones on Amazon here and at other retailers.

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Steve Levenstein
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Comments
Apr 26, 2009
by Anonymous

want.

want.

Apr 27, 2009
by Anonymous

agreed

agreed

May 3, 2009
by Anonymous

WOW

Yes, these had BETTER become available soon!

May 4, 2009
by Anonymous

Win

DO.WANT.NOW

May 4, 2009
by Anonymous

so cool!

so cool!

May 4, 2009
by Anonymous

freaking

awesome

May 4, 2009
by Anonymous

Whats the going price on

Whats the going price on them I want

May 4, 2009
by Anonymous

Volume

How does the volume control work?

May 4, 2009
by Anonymous

DO WANT

DO WANT, WOULD FALCON PUNCH BABIES FOR THIS

May 4, 2009
by Steve Levenstein
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Volume image added

Just added an extra image showing how the volume adjust/lock function works. Hope this helps, and thanks for your interest! And yeah... I want these too.

May 5, 2009
by Anonymous

How are you going to wire

How are you going to wire the volume controls considering it moves up and down the earbud wires? Neat idea. I don't think the volume control will be able to be located like you have it.

Plus, when zipped up and shoved into a bag, they will still tangle themselves up. It'll just be one length of cord tangling up, rather then two. But they'll still tangle.

May 6, 2009
by Anonymous

can you by these?/where?

can you by these?/where?

May 6, 2009
by Steve Levenstein
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Just a concept - for now

According to DVice, "this is just a concept at this time, no price or availibility, but if real manufacturers are paying attention, maybe we'll actually see this hit the streets." Over to you, real manufacturers... if you build it, they will come.

Jul 6, 2009
by Anonymous

A bit late... but I'm sure

A bit late... but I'm sure these are already out (not the exact same ones but...)
A lot of my friends already use them, and though they tangle, it's much easier to untangle than the normal ones.