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Zipbuds are a neat way to enjoy tangle-free music

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December 21, 2010

Zipbuds feature a "vertebrae" zipper design that reduces weight and bulk and resists tangling

Zipbuds feature a "vertebrae" zipper design that reduces weight and bulk and resists tangling

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When you’re desperate to hear the latest tune on your iPod or iPhone, the last thing you want is to miss it while you spend valuable seconds or even minutes untangling your earbuds – especially when your fingers are frozen. Zipbuds from DGA feature a tangle-resistant zipper-integrated cable that retains its flexibility, but helps avoid that frustrating tangled mess of wires that constitute many people’s earbuds when they first locate them.

Zipbuds feature a “vertebrae” zipper design that reduces weight and bulk. The sound emanating from the Zipbuds comes via patented centralized acoustic ventilation that the company says generates rich audio quality while minimizing THD (Total Harmonic Distortion). Noise-isolating eartips block exterior noise.

The cables are made from braided nylon cabling (for added tangle resistance) and reinforced with Dupont Kevlar cabling for added strength. A 3.5mm gold plated audio jack means the Zipbuds will fit most audio appliances with minimal signal loss. Rated power from the 8mm driver is 2mW and maximum input power is 5mW.

To assist in keeping your earbuds where they belong – in your ears – Zipbuds have angled ear tips for a snug fit (each set comes with three common tip sizes). For those who enjoy their music on the run, Zipbuds also come with sport ear clips to keep you in touch with your music during physical activity.

DGA’s website indicates that an in-line microphone/remote for answering phone calls and skipping songs could be available in a future release.

Zipbuds sell online for US$39.99.

The video below shows how the zipper action works.

Via Toxel and Dvice

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18 Comments

That\'s pretty neat! I wonder how heavy those are though since the cable runs through the zipper? Is it made from some super light material? I see advantages though of the cable extra protection...

Kirill Belousov

Subtle photo.

Yeah, we\'re just looking at the buds.

yrag

I would buy the thing between the zipbuds.

thk

Just why would you \"miss the latest tune\" on your iPod because you had to wait a few minutes? The iPod should have it stored so you can listen to it anytime, be it five minutes from now or five years.

Personally, I would just buy one of the cheap silicone cord managers and use the best earbuds or IEMs I can afford rather than some gimmicky ones with questionable sound quality. If I had a dime for every unknown company that came along and claimed \"rich audio quality\"...

Gadgeteer

Busty Zipbuds! umm thk? think seduce not buy

Bill Bennett

Hahahaha! My thoughts exactly yrag

Adam Nightingale

Zipbuds? So that\'s what we\'re calling them now?

Ed

I\'d like to get tangled up with the model...

Do they come in a version with a 2.5mm phone compatible plug?

Facebook User

We must study this photo further. For science.

Loz

@Loz

You monster. [/portal2]

Bobthefish

I found the article extremely hard to read after the photo switched my brain off. Loz is right; much can be learned from this delightful arrangement of pixels. It apparently has mind control elements cleverly disguised as subtle hints of areolae.

Hoodoo

Must... buy product.... Can\'t... look away.... @_@

GeoMoon5

I\'ll take a dozen! Wait, um, what was she selling again?

Burnerjack

i have to concur with everyone\'s thoughts from the comments, what are zip buds though?

Samuel Arbizo

Jeeeeeeeeeeezus who cares about the earbuds, this photo is brilliant

Justin Murray

Woooa misleading phtography...gud marketing strategy

SumoDes

What the picture was about headphones really dam I missed it. :-P

Alexander Cardosa

Appearing in the video are Kale Beever-Riordon, Josh Marble, Dylan Quigg. The model in the still photo is one of these three, Jessica, Tenesia, Victoria. Some guy named Garrett was also in still photos.

http://stevenmoyer.wordpress.com/2010/11/08/zipbuds/ for information about the promotional photos and video production.

Gregg Eshelman
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