Apple’s earbud redesign year was a contentious thing. I thought the new EarPods sounded as crummy as the old ones, but unlike the old ones, at least they weren’t like shoving pieces of glass into your cochleas. On the other hand, our supreme commander, Leander, thought they sounded as good as $150 dollar Beats. Which, come to think of it, might mean that we were agreeing.
Either way, the EarPods are the earbuds most people stick with when listening to their iDevice. But if you jog or are active, the EarPods have one big flaw: they fall out of your ears at just the hint of perspiration. But a new, $10 accessory solves that deficiency for good.
Meet Sprng, a cheap hack invented by Canadian design house Ohm Industrial Design who were so sick of Apple’s ill-considered EarPod design that they decided to do something about it. Sprng clips onto your EarPods and adds plastic stems which anchor your EarPods into your ears, making a tight grip on your ear cartilage to prevent Apple’s headphones from spilling out the second you sweat or jostle.
“With all the millions of ear pods that Apple gives away with their products, it would be a shame if people did not use them because they fall out,” explain the designers on their website. “Accordingly, we decided to make an inexpensive accessory that wouldn’t distract from the clean look of the ear pods but kept them in your ears.” Makes sense to me.