Draper, Utah - Headphones manufacturers typically like to boast about the amount of ambient noise their products eliminate, but SafeSound Products is going in the opposite direction.
Using the Kickstarter project-funding
website, SafeSound plans to launch ear bud attachments known as Airbudz
that allow ambient noise to penetrate. They are geared toward runners, children
or anyone who doesn't want to be completely enveloped in his music, such as
someone walking to a car late at night.
The Airbudz have air channels built into the ear buds that are designed to let users hear distortion-free music and ambient noise. The company said they can be used with about 70 percent of ear buds on the market.
Each package comes with nine Airbudz in three sizes. The following color combos are offered: Monochrome, Jewel Tones, Patriotic, Primary Colors, Rastafari, Glow in the Dark and Neon.
Currently, consumers can pledge on Kickstarter to help propel the Airbudz to launch. Pledges as low a $1 are accepted, but those who pledge $10 receive one of the first sets of Airbudz and a carrying case exclusive. A pledge of $20 adds on a pair of headphones, although SafeSounds declined to provide any details on them, and it was unclear who would be manufacturing them.