Last week we’ve been covering a story about Normal, a Manhattan-based company producing personalized earphones. It seems like they have a serious competitor now, as OwnPhones started a new Kickstarter campaign. Not only does this company enable you to design your own earphones, but their phones are also wireless and you can entirely choose your favorite design yourself.
Just like Normal, this company seems to be focussing on joggers, as the wireless element makes their earphones useful in sport situations, because they won’t fall out easily. And then there’s the customizing part: users can choose from as many as 10,000 different colors and designs, meaning you can go for wings or for a skull. We have to admit: the result looks a bit silly sometimes, and it’s not very likely we would go for skull earphones ourselves, but Internet does prove us wrong: more than 50,000 people have funded the project on Kickstarter already, which is 20 percent of their final goal of 250,000 dollars and the campaign still runs until August 25.
Another feature of these earphones worth mentioning is the LED indicator, which can change from red to green and yellow. If the light is red, then a person is not willing to talk, while green stands for a chatty mood and yellow says they are busy. A smart idea, but will it work? At least the whole world will have to know about the codes of OwnPhones before it could world out well, we think.
The earphones are also personalized, meaning they fit perfectly into the ear. Users wanting to order the earphones can use a mobile app, enabling them to take a short video of their ears. After OwnPhones receives this video, this video can be converted into a 3D model. As a user, you get to choose the preferred style, material and color of the earphones. The prices of the phones vary from 149 dollars to 399 dollars.