Inflatable earbuds make for a better fit

Simple solution to annoying problem

Asius earbuds

Try this on for size — inflatable earbuds that are guaranteed not to pop out.

Inflatable earbud

Asius Technologies presented this solution at the just-concluded International CES show in Las Vegas (which was also the site of some shenanigans being pulled by the makers of the world’s best portable speaker — but I digress). While they might look like mini airbags, what they lack for in style they make up for in the form of some pretty-damn-cool technology. You see, the strong yet flexible Gore-Tex earpieces are able to inflate time and again in accordance with the sound pressure created by one’s listening device.

This means the buds themselves possess the ability to shift their shape as one’s ear canal changes—this could be during a yawn, while chewing, or naturally, as an individual grows. They’re essentially moldable earbuds that fit more easily and effectively than anything Apple or the Beats by Dre clan has put out in the last few years.

How inflatable earbuds work

The result is not only a better grip in your ears, it also makes for better sound by eliminating outside noise that would otherwise creep in through the crevices created by an unnatural fitting earbud.

Durability’s not an issue either — the prototype the group created has already lasted two years with constant inflating / deflating.

Also, beyond listening to music, the earbuds can be used for hearing aids and for performance artists at concerts or shows, where they’re a bit more physically engaged in moving around the stage.

From one group of audiophiles to another, nice work Asius!