For those – like me – fed up with trying to untangle earplug cords in order to take a phone call or listen to some music – a brilliant mechanical engineer has created the perfect solution: Zippear.
The new concept, just launched on the Indiegogo crowd-funding platform, uses the power of magnets to prevent earphone cords from becoming tangled or knotted and to remain stylish and nicely bundled when put away.
“I commute to work on a train every day, and as a music lover I use my earphones a lot, so I grew tired of having to untangle the cords each time I take them out of my bag,” said Gal Avivi, who invented Zippear.
“So, I thought why not use clips that will attach to the cord with holes, then I’ll run some thread through the holes so when the thread is pulled the earphone cords will collapse into a bundle. It’s a nice idea…but what to do with the loose thread now? And then it hit me. I’ll use a ‘virtual thread’ – magnets!”
The Zippear earphone accessory kit consists of 10 small plastic clips that attach to your earphones. Each clip contains a small but powerful magnet. The clips strategically and mechanically connect your earphones in a fashionable and easy-to-access loop that will never allow the cords to become tangled.
Zippear comes with a magnetic carry-on clip that can be attached to keychains or backpacks.
Avivi is a mechanical engineer and a graduate of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. He has been reading mechanical engineering books since the age of 12 and now has more than 20 years of R&D experience in the design and technical/project management sectors in different high-tech industries and companies.