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Gadget Freak: Ear Muff Headphones
8/30/2012

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armorris
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Re: Need of a PCB Board
armorris   9/4/2012 10:19:58 AM
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PCB  boards is a misnomer. They are not printed circuit boards. There are no electronics involved. The purpose of the perfboard disks is to hold the speakers in place, while letting the sound to pass through the tiny holes, where components would normally be mounted.

RPLaJeunesse
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Re: now *this* is salable.
RPLaJeunesse   9/4/2012 9:59:14 AM
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I agree completely. It's already been done even. The 180s Metro with Headphones is one example, see http://www.180s.com/pages/catalog_view.aspx?g=1%2C2&y=7&i=162. Earlier this year these were a "daily deal" at $10 delivered. Not as showy as Sylvie's though.

Mydesign
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Need of a PCB Board
Mydesign   9/4/2012 2:06:07 AM
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Sylvie, I got the idea but not getting what's the need of PCB Boards. Whether she is adding any extra amplifying circuits there for better sound clarity.

NadineJ
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Re: freak worthy?
NadineJ   9/1/2012 11:36:59 AM
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That was my point...although not the "especially for young women" part. 

I've seen teens (both genders) customize their headsets over the years.  It's really popular at certain DJ concerts.  The headsets are still functional and unique.  I first saw the earmuff variation in Tokyo a few years ago.  It gets very cold in the winter.

mrdon has a good point that the construction build porcess makes it freak worthy.

armorris
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Re: freak worthy?
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.

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! :-)

mrdon
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Re: freak worthy?
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.

NadineJ
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Re: freak worthy?
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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Re: freak worthy?
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!

Tim
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Re: freak worthy?
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.

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