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Gadget Freak: Ear Muff Headphones
8/30/2012

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TunaFish#5
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now *this* is salable.
TunaFish#5   8/30/2012 10:30:35 AM
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This idea's got legs.  Probably wouldn't be profitable enough to self-mfr and sell at craft fairs or e-bay, but I'm sure there's a market for this.

Working against this product:  global warming.

williamlweaver
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Re: now *this* is salable.
williamlweaver   8/30/2012 11:07:55 AM
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@TunaFish#5 - What if we market these, not only as a muffle against cold temperatures, but as a way to dampen the cacophonous din of Global Warming prognosticators?  =]

NadineJ
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freak worthy?
NadineJ   8/31/2012 10:48:14 AM
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i've watched teens customize their headphones for years.  These are cute but don't seem like Gadget Freak material.  But, most kids didn't use a soldering iron to make theirs.

mrdon
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mrdon   8/31/2012 1:21:06 PM
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I think the Ear Muff Headphones are Gadget Freak worthy because of the construction build process Sylvie outlined in article. Also, gadgets are cool devices individuals create to solve problems. The ear muffs allow warmth in winter season while the headphones allow listening to your favorite music. This product has a wearable electronics theme which is Gadget Freak content!

Tim
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Tim   8/31/2012 1:28:05 PM
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This is pretty cool. I had not seen earmuffs with radios before. I have seen noise cancelling ear phones, but this invention is definitely lighter.

mrdon
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mrdon   8/31/2012 2:06:44 PM
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Tim, I agree. The ear muff headphones concept is pretty cool. The next product evolution would be incorporating a radio with internet capability so you can listen to Pandora during those cold winter months!

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NadineJ   8/31/2012 4:16:12 PM
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Good point. The process makes it Gadget Freak worthy.  But, the concept has been done before--commercially and DIY.  From my reading, Gadget Freak items have that "Why doesn't that exist yet" quality to them.  There are a lot of better moustraps here.

mrdon
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mrdon   8/31/2012 4:24:13 PM
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Hey NadineJ, Maybe Sylvie can do a part II Gadget Freak design where a WiFi enabled radio can be packaged into the Ear Muff Headphones, if time permits.

notarboca
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Re: now *this* is salable.
notarboca   8/31/2012 11:11:06 PM
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@williamlweaver--LOL, I appreciate your sense of humour!  I think this is a worthy enough project for Gadget Freak.  Create on! :-)

armorris
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armorris   9/1/2012 10:12:54 AM
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I think this is a cute gadget, especially for young women, but why do you need to hack up a headset? Why not add the faux fur and the decorative (headband) ribbon to an existing, unmodified headset? I think it would be more comfortable than having your ears pressed up against the perfboard disks (what she calls PCB boards). Also, no soldering would be required. Also, while rewiring the headset, one must maintain the polarity of the speakers, or the sound will be messed up.

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