The Next Big Thing In Earphones

Alison Young
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January 25, 2012
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Named Consumer Electronic Show 2012’s Best of Innovations winner in the headphones product category, eers custom earphones are poised to be the next big thing in the earphones market. These are custom-molded to the unique shape of your ear canal in just five minutes, so they provide a set of earphones that will stay put, never fall out or cause discomfort in even the most extreme active environments, while promoting safe listening habits.

“Since ears are more unique than fingerprints, perfect fit and comfort can only be achieved with custom-fit earphones,” says Nick Laperle, president and CEO of Sonomax Technologies Inc. “As the world’s first self-fit, custom earphones, eers fill a huge void in the headphone market that just reached $2 billion in the U.S. alone. Our newest eers are the product of many years of hard work and are truly a testament to Sonomax’s role in the future of in-ear products.”

eers uses the SonoFit system to mold the headphones to custom-fit your ears. You attach a headband to your head, place the ear tips into your ears, activate the little pumps. You’ll feel your ears filling up with air (it’s not uncomfortable at all), and in five minutes you’ll have a custom fit. I did this process on the plane on the way back from CES and it’s truly very easy. I also waited the suggested 30 minutes after the fitting for the silicone to set, after that I had phenomenal earphones to use during my flight. I could barely hear the airplane engines.


The headphones come in two models: PCS-150 and PCS-250. The new design of both incorporates a lowprofile, ergonomic shape and earloop that comfortably cradles the back of your ear, while providing the channel for the wire from your sound source, as well as assisting you in proper insertion and removal. Both have an inline microphone, but the PCS-250 is a little more high-end with its two dual driver speakers that act as the tweeter and woofer similar to most home theater systems.

These headphones also are great for your workouts since they stay in so well. A hint to make them stay in is to make sure you use the included lubricant. This provides a good seal to ensure no additional noise comes in. The only drawback is they’re a bit pricey at $199 (PCS-150) and $299 (PCS-250), but well worth it if you’re an audiophile or music enthusiast. You can buy a pair at sculptedeers.com or Amazon.com.

 

three star

The Toddy Smart Cloth Toddy Gear’s newest collection of eye-catching Toddy Smart Cloths was unveiled at CES this year, and is a must-have for your purse or bag-o-tech if you like having your gadgets fingerprint-free. Each piece is a durable plush microfiber cloth on one side for buffing and polishing, featuring the AEGIS Microbe Shield technology to protect the cloth and you from microorganisms that contribute to mold and mildew. The other side has a beautifully patterned silk microfiber for deeper cleaning.

Since the Smart Cloth is naturally hydrophilic, it’s ideal to clean your touchscreen gadgets such as your iPad or iPhone, as well as gaming devices. It also works well on eyeglasses, small household items or small smudges on car windows or plastic surfaces. It buffs out fingerprints and miscellaneous marks left by styluses or your keiki, whether they’re fresh or have been sitting there for awhile.


I love my Toddy Cloth and it’s by far the best I’ve seen. The colorful design also adds to the appeal. The 5-by-7 cloth retails for $9.99, or $19.99 for a three pack, at toddygear.com, bestbuy.com or your nearest Target. Additionally, businesses can customize and put their company logo on these cloths to use as promotional items.

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