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AIRbudz are a safer alternative while listening to your music in environments you need to stay alert and aware of your surroundings.

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  • LATEST RENDERINGS
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  • EARPHONE PICTURE AND SPECIFICATIONS

Check out these youtube videos!!!  See a handful of reasons why you might want or need AIRbudz:  www.youtube.com/airbudzvideos

ABC 4 News - "AIRbudz to the rescue"

KSL NewsRadio - The Browser - AIRbudz segment begins at 6:07 into the broadcast

WIRED - "AIRbudz offer comfort and safe listening"

TÚAW - "A safer way to listen to your tunes"

Gizmodo – “AIRbudz are the perfect solution; built right into each earbud… Think of them as your "don't get run over for the sake of your fave Deftones song" earbuds”

übergizmo – “a nifty little innovation”

Discovery News – “Smarter, safer non-cancelling earbuds”

Better Living Through Design – “keeping you aware of your surroundings without sacrificing your soundtrack”

Idea Connection – “AIRbudz make music safer”

Bike Rumor – “safer cycling with jams”

Gadget – “unique attachment for those ear bud headphones that can be used as an add-on whenever the earphone user may be in an environment where it is necessary to be aware of the surroundings.”

Mobiletor – “novel in every sense”

Kinetic Shift – “AIRbudz let air, ambient noise in”

Twice – “headphones manufacturers typically like to boast about the amount of ambient noise their products eliminate, but SafeSound Products is going in the opposite direction”

Mobile Magazine – “AIRbudz let you simultaneously hear the outside world and your music”

Gizmag – “AIRbudz give you an audible lifeline to the outside world”

Coolest Gadgets – “the AIRbudz earbud solution that paves the way for ambient noise to roll in”

 

What are AIRbudz?

AIRbudz are alternative earbud attachments that can be utilized while listening to music in environments where it's necessary to be aware of your surroundings in order to stay safe.  The difference between AIRbudz and earbud attachments that came with your earphones are air channels built into the AIRbudz.  These air channels allow you to simultaneously hear music, without distortion, while also allowing ambient noise into the ear to help reduce the risk of accident or injury due to not being able to hear your surroundings.

There are many environments where we want to block out all the noise around us and that is where noise canceling earbuds are great.  However there are also many environments where we want to listen to music, but it is also very important to hear what is going on around us in order to reduce risk of injury or even death.  Some of those environments include but are not limited to: running, biking, skiing, snowboarding and skateboarding.  Besides these sporting activities, there are also plenty of situations where it's necessary to hear what is happening around you to stay safe:  riding on public transportation, walking to your car after work, while at the library or in a study environment and at some jobs where earphones/headphones are allowed it's imperative that hear your surroundings.  We've created entertaining videos showing environments both serious and comical where AIRbudz would come in handy. Check them out at:   www.youtube.com/airbudzvideos

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How do AIRbudz work?

AIRbudz fit on to your existing earphones that have removable earbuds and will fit approximately 70% of these earphones currently on the market. Simply replace the noise canceling earbud that came with your earphones with AIRbudz.  

  

  

Why we need your help

To date this project has been self funded and at this point we currently have working AIRbudz prototypes that have been tested and work great!  We also have patents pending on the product.  Now we need your help to finalize the exact design, complete the tooling, finalize the packaging and get AIRbudz manufactured to bring this product to market! 

We have been working with a leading team of design experts that have knowledge and experience in the development process to take a product from concept to production while assuring quality and cost.  The design team has experience working with large corporations including Alienware, Motorola and Concord Camera, and will continue to be an integral part of our team as we bring AIRbudz to the public.

Our goal is to work with manufacturers in the United States that have experience and expertise in injection molding and new product development. Through our relationship with the design team we have established relationships with two manufacturing companies in Utah that have a proven track record in these two areas.

 

What do you get?

In each package you will receive 9 AIRbudz, 3 sets of each size - small, medium and large - with your choice of the colors listed below.  Once the funding is over, and we have received our goal you will receive an e-mail where you can let us know which color option you desire. 

*** Due to a number of requests we have added another color option!  We are now offering a solid black package of AIRbudz (with and without headphones) in addition to the color options below. ***  

 

The color swatches above could vary in color from computer to computer so for a description of each color please see below:  

Option 1:  Monochrome - Black, Grey, White

Option 2:  Jewel Tones - Pink, Purple, Teal

Option 3:  Patriotic - Red, White, Blue

Option 4:  Primary Colors - Red, Blue, Green

Option 5:  Rastafari - Red, Yellow, Green

Option 6:  Glow in the Dark

Option 7:  Neon - Green, Orange, Yellow

Option 8:  Black

 

Kickstarter Exclusive

As a Kickstarter exclusive, for pledge options 2 and 3, we will also include a earphone carrying case with the Kickstarter and AIRbudz logo printed on it. This is the perfect solution to keep your earphones organized, untangled and protected.  There is also a small mesh pocket to store your extra AIRbudz. (The exact design of the case may vary slightly from the picture below.)

 

 

Studies/Research

Statistics relating to the number of injuries and deaths caused by earphone use are rising every day.  An article published by ConsumerReports.org on January 17, 2012 referenced a study in the journal Injury Prevention stating that serious injuries sustained by pedestrians while listening to headphones have more than tripled in six years.  Most of the incidents occurred in urban areas, and the average age of the victims was 21.  To view the study please visit:http://news.consumerreports.org/safety/2012/01/study-injuries-triple-for-pedestrians-wearing-headphones.html  

The lead researcher for the study referenced above, Richard Lichenstein, M.D., has coined the term "inattentional blindness" in his research. Inattentional blindness is when multiple stimuli divide the brain's mental resource allocation.  In cases of headphone-wearing pedestrians, the distraction is intensified because the  ability to hear a warning signal is masked by the sounds produced by the headphones.  To read the study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine please visit:  http://www.umm.edu/news/releases/headphone-risks.htm  To watch an interview with Richard Lichenstein visit:  http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D-xXRCXbOs

     

In the news

11 Year old boy hit by train:  http://wauwatosa.patch.com/articles/medical-examiner-s-report

22 Year old runner and 16 year old cyclist struck by vehicles:  http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/music_to_die_for_SKjxuroZN8JOruJREhW5AL 

16 Year old girl hit by tram:  http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/09/19/1095532177827.html

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to send us a message.  

Thanks again for your support!!!

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