Pricey earbuds made from melted guns pack serious firepower

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These earbuds are made from melted-down illegal firearms.
Photo: Yevo

CES 2018 bug In a possible bid for the most unusual CES innovation so far, Swedish-based innovation lab YEVO Labs today announced the launch of YEVO x Humanium headphones: the world’s first wireless headphones made out of melted-down illegal firearms.

The concept may sound strange, but the intention is good — to provide new sources of funding to help people in conflict-torn parts of the world affected by illegal weapon violence.

“Creating YEVO x Humanium Metal, a product that elicits change in such a positive way is the greatest reward,” Andreas Vural, founder of YEVO Labs, said in a statement. “This collaboration is bigger than headphones. It’s part of a global movement that removes illegal firearms from the streets and recycles them into a material that helps us move towards a more peaceful future, all while giving back to those affected by violent crime.”

The melted-down firearms material, called “Humanium,” is used for both the earbuds and their charging case. The earbuds are totally wireless, and will be available to the public early this year for $499.

That puts them quite high up on the pricing chain (Apple’s AirPods cost $159 by comparison), but the goal isn’t just to give you some unique headphones, but to give something back to charity. Of the $499 price tag, 50 percent of the proceeds will go back to the initiative.