If there’s a problem with earphones, beyond the fact that they make a lot of audiophiles wince in terms of sound quality, it’s the fact that they’re built as “one size fits all”, leaving some of us to cram the buds into our ears and others to constantly try to catch them as they fall out. It’s a problem Decibullz would like to solve for good.
It’s actually a surprisingly simple technology; the Decibullz team have developed a process using thermoplastic. Just heat it up, let it cool to slightly above room temperature, and cram it in your ear for four minutes. No, we meant the plastic.
The plastic will mold itself to your ear, giving you a custom earbud. Even better, it’s a process you can repeat if necessary to get the right fit.
New And Improved
A year ago, they were introudced and became pretty popular among the kind of person who doesn’t have the bizarre ears most earbuds seem to be molded after. And now they’ve been improved by adding a silicone tip. The tip works with the plastic material to seal up your ear and ensure that the only thing you hear is your music, which is highly valuable if you ride public transportation, or just want to hear what’s going on in the movie you’re watching.
There have been other engineering improvements as well; the sound has been improved, for example, and the process is now somehow even easier than it already was. There’s even a tangle-free cable in the mix, considering how many people use their earbuds to work out and don’t want to get jumbled up. That said, you’ll need to show some love on Kickstarter to get your new and improved Decibullz: Currently they’re starting at $39 for one set.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.