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Kickstarter of the Week: EarTaps™

Dynamically Adjustable EarTaps™

Dynamically Adjustable EarTaps™

I run with my iPhone because I like to listen to music and podcasts. I know its not for everyone, but for me I like to blast "Timber" by Pitbull and Ke$ha. If you have the standard iPhone headphones, you know they're not terrible, but even the slightest tug will cause them to fall out of your ears. Welcome to a brave new world. EarTaps™ are fully adjustable ear buds that can work for any ear shape. As someone, who has very tiny ears, this sounds like a godsend.

How it works is that the EarTaps™ are like ear buds, but they have a plastic/silicone mold that rests gently on the curved part of your ear that is right above your ear canal.

EarTaps™ are in and Yeezus is at full blast. Of course.

EarTaps™ are in and Yeezus is at full blast. Of course.

EarTaps™ was kind enough to send me a prototype set to try out on my run. It was definitely an adjustment, even though I already wear iPhone ear buds. I really liked them! For being a prototype I lowered my expectation, but these were awesome and almost felt like they weren’t there. The sound quality was also great. I did miss my remote iPhone buds so I can skip songs and pause my workout on Nike+, but they were still great and stayed in my ears really well. I have small ears, so it is more of a challege, but the extenders just pop down and you put it in your ear and it’s in place. The cord was also really sturdy and seemed like it could withstand a two year old snatching them from my purse and flinging them all over the place — this is my life.

I am really excited to see what EarTaps™ comes out with as they get the funding they need, but the basic idea is great.

Updates to the current EarTaps™ model.

Updates to the current EarTaps™ model.

EarTaps™ is currently in a Kickstarter Campaign  to reach their  $28,000 goal so they can bring their product onto the market both abroad and in the U.S.

The coolest part to me about this Kickstarter is that if you pledge $199 or more to their efforts you will receive a DIY EarTaps™ Kit that includes internal parts and printing files for you to use your own 3-D printer and soldering tools to assemble your very own EarTaps™. Kind of a nerd-fest, but also kind of cool to have the ability to print things 3-D if you are so fortunate.

These earphones are definitely a very innovative design and great spin on a “classic” idea, I wish those at EarTaps ™ the best as they press on in their Kickstarter Campaign.

About Bonnie Ingersoll (47 Articles)
Bonnie is a portland native that rediscovered her love of running in 2008. Since then she has conquered three half marathons and the 2013 Portland Marathon. She focuses on juggling work, family, and training the next Olympic running star, her almost two-year-old son.

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