A new gadget in the form of a simple strap called Zipi has been created to help keep your earbuds within easy reach and securely positioned around your neck when not in use. Zipi uses a neodymium magnet attached to your earbud cable and a length of strap with is available in a variety of colours including white, yellow, aqua, hot pink and black.
Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the Zipi earbud strap and see the simple design it in action and how it can help you keep your earbuds safe, untangled and within easy reach.
“Hi, I’m Frank Cho. Like many of us, I like to listen to podcasts on my way to work. One day, I parked my car at my office parking lot and there was about two minutes left in the podcast episode I was listening to. I really wanted to finish it while walking toward my cubicle but in the midst of putting my jacket on, grabbing my bag, locking my car, etc., carrying my earbuds became a real burden. I didn’t want to wear them on my ears since the audio was paused at the moment. I didn’t want to stuff them in my pocket since they’ll get all tangled up.
At that moment, I realized that there really isn’t a good place to keep your earbuds when the audio is paused. I searched online and offline for a solution but couldn’t find anything that completely satisfied my needs. For example, a simple band that connects the earbuds isn’t enough because I just know that I won’t have it with me that one time when I really need it. When my search yielded no results, I started prototyping my own solution with help of Sketchup and online 3D printing service.”
The Zipi project is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise enough pledges to make the jump from concept to production. So if you think Zipi is something you could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website now to make a pledge and help Zipi become a reality.