The openings to my ear canals are small. There, I said it. Hearing is not a problem, but finding earbuds that fit is a pain in the, well, ears.
Apple’s customary earphones that came with every iPod or iPhone I bought got tossed in a drawer. At least there, they wouldn’t fall out.
Decibullz, a startup company when they hit it big with moldable earbuds last year, is now trying to bring to production a set of wireless earphones with the moldable tips. The molding process requires nothing more than a glass of hot water.
In just four days on Kickstarter, Decibullz has raised more than $40,000 to bring the wireless version to production. A pledge of $79 will get you a set, nearly half off of what it is expected to retail.
The earphone market, which includes in-ear buds like Decibullz, generated $2 billion in revenues over the last year and continues to rise thanks to thriving industries in music streaming and mobile technology, according to the research firm IBISWorld.
Decibullz got more than 2,300 backers to its first campaign in 2013 to bring its first set of moldable earphones to market. They sold well, according to the company, and won two design and innovation awards at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
Molding the tips is simple and similar to how athletes mold a store-bought mouth guard. Place the thermoplastic ear pieces in hot water to soften, let cool for 30 seconds and insert it into your ear, using your finger to properly shape the tip.
The Bluetooth earbuds come in seven different colors, is compatible with most smartphones, tablets and computers and has an in-line remote and microphone. The earbuds have custom 9 mm drivers for personal sound, while still able to isolate noise up to 40 decibels. The wireless earphones have about five hours of battery life.
Decibullz hopes to have the wireless earphones ready for delivery by March.