Quick Research (1h) – reusable packaging for headphones

July 13, 2010 — Leave a comment

Initial Position

I’m brainstorming ideas in order to prototype a reusable packaging for earbuds. This post is a drop box of some links, pictures and survey I’ve collected last hour. If you have any suggestions or interesting informations… please feel veeeeery free to post a comment 😉

Headphones on Wikipedia Takeaway: “Over time, headphone cables fail. The common scenario in which a replacement might need to be purchased is the physical breakdown of copper wiring at junction points on the cord (at the TRS jack, or at the point of connection to the headphone). These are the sites of greatest and most stressful motion on a cord and so they are typically fitted with some kind of strain relief”


On the shelves

Earbud overview in the Apple store

“bestsellers” at BestBuy: 


Quick Poll

I summarized the results of yesterdays quickpoll in this spreadsheet. THANK YOU EVERYBODY


Cable Winder Solutions

quirky | PowerCurl MacBook Cord Wrap


“Designed by the Quirky community and Apple enthusiasts in just 24 hours, the Quirky PowerCurl is a clip-on cord wrap for Apple’s 45W, 60W, 85W, and older rectangular 85W MagSafe Power Adapter. The Curl, as we like to call it, makes it easy to unplug and pack up quickly without having to untangle your extension cords the next time you set up shop.

Oh, and we’ve quirkified this thing — it’s available in hot pink, lime green, baby blue, bright orange, and charcoal. Here’s what else makes it hot:

– Both ends of the cord (the plug end and the MagSafe end) can wrap around the device, allowing for quick and easy unraveling.

– The included clip enables the plug end of your cord to clip to itself, just like your MagSafe end does.

– Fear over-heated adapters no more — PowerCurl elevates the power adapter for improved air circulation and cooling.

– Available in all colors for the 60W and 85W models and orange for the 45W and 85W long models.”

Cable Turtle – Blue by Resource International




The “Apple Solution”



DIY Cable management:

Laser-Cut Earbud Owl Keeps Your Cords Tangle-Free (lifehacker.com)


Turn an Old Contact Lens Case into Ear Bud Protector (lifehacker.com)


DIY Earbud Cord Caddy (lifehacker.com)


Keep your earbuds tangle-free with a DIY cord wrapper (lifehacker.com)


(Cross-) Industry examples:




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