Is Your Ear Asking a Question?

Actually the unique shape serves several purposes. It fits snug in your ear, easily loops together around your neck when not in use, and somehow prevents bacterial growth which is 700 times more concentrated in regular ear buds. If it weren’t just a concept, would you buy one?

Designer: Yoonsang Kim

115 Comments

  • zuy says:

    great small idea Yoonsang Kim but use symbol ???? and teasing for presentation…because it’s hidden design …

  • zuy says:

    question : a few (young) designers never ask question or answer question or answer question people never ask. or forget to ask…

  • enoo says:

    I looks great, I like the idea of looping them togheter.
    But with that shape, I’m 90% sure it will fall of anyone’s ears in a few minutes.

    In the photo composition, the wire goes over her jawbone, which never happens in reality – unless you wear your mp3 player stuck on your chin …
    If the wire goes down to the neck level, then it will pull on the earbuds, and certainly make them fall. They just need a tiny change in their shape.

    • first of all… i love this design. it’s striking!! i do also like the novelty of the design and not mentioned above is the branding that is happening with the shape being a symbol for the “p” in philips. kudos! however- like mentioned above by enoo, the shape would likely fall with the weight of the wires. it seems that a quick fix would be to flip the right and left. so- the right becomes the left. then, it will hang straight down, which in turn makes the “p” shape readable. by the way- how do we contact you? i’d love to see more of your work.

    • gw says:

      That was my thought, too — if the wires were hanging and pulling the bottoms of each earpiece downward, would these stay securely in the ears?

  • turcco says:

    its so nice.

  • zippyflounder says:

    On the plus side the design would allow ambient noize in, not a bad thing if your running, cycling etc, not a good thing at all for any sort of audio perfomance. The design would also require numerous sizes, so you would have to try out a bunch to find a good fit and even then a hard form in that is jammed into a senstive area is not going to have a lot of return buyers.

    The hygenic aspect is a no go, simpler to microencapsulate a anti bacterial in the surface of standard ear buds. The final killer is just performance, a lot of tiny (and these would be TINY) speakers do not perform as well as one larger one, simple physics kiddies. I

    n the end typical young designer falling in love with a form with narry a thought to function or real performance then using some smoke and mirrors to make a bit of hype….nope its a flopper.

  • zippyflounder says:

    Rife with problems, lets explore

    The design would require that multiple sizes be offered, and the buyer try them on to find a good fit. This is not cheap or even rational given the market.

    The design is JAMMED into a senstive part of your ear, and given its a hard part its going to hurt like a mother in a few moments, not great for good cred.

    Many little speakers dont = 1 big one so its going to sound like merde

    The design allows for ambiant sound in, good if your into action sports bad if you like to hear your audio with any level of fidelity.

    The hygine aspect is a red herring, if it truly is a problem, then its far eaiser to use a microencapsulation of a anti bacterial in the surface of the part.

    In sum, its a classic case of a designer fallling lin love with a form, giving little real thought to the end user, the perfomance or reality.

    Its a flop.

  • rayelle says:

    i really like this

  • whomiga says:

    Looks like it might work if the Left and Right ear pieces were reversed with almost no other design changes.

  • Hectorvex says:

    They’re cute, but don’t appear as if they’ll block out any background noise. I’ll take the bacteria over having to hear my moronic co-workers babble endlessly about the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy or how their grandkids just learned to throw shit.

  • Lev_Astov says:

    That’s a terrible idea. It defeats the whole purpose of in ear phones, which is to seal the ear canal for better sound reproduction.

    • FunkNotPunk says:

      True… but just a side note, there are high-end in-ears used in on stage audio monitoring for musicians which are designed intentionally to allow a certain level of ambient noise in along with the direct sound from the mixing board.

      They are sweet so you don’t feel completely disconnected frorm the audience. =)

    • Sam says:

      Actually, there are real products that are open-air headphones. And, in theory, they work great … if you’re in a quiet environment.

      But otherwise, I agree. These would suck for being in a noisy environment, e.g. outside – which these seem to be tailored for.

  • minjae says:

    The design is lovely but
    They would need to change this way more..
    Who would want the wire going across their face like in the picture?
    and it would only fit on people with the same ear hole size as the earphones…

  • obvi says:

    I would buy one if it weren’t from Philips. Disgruntled ex-employee opinion aside, it’s a great design and idea. It’s functional, advanced, and minimalist.

  • BratPAQ says:

    there would be a problem in the bass department, and if you are looking for earphones that would “stick together” panasonic hje70 already produced that.

  • Spades says:

    Y is this just a prototype make it real I’d buy that and I know a whole bunch of other people who would it’s futur ristic if it bends to ur ear shape it’s perfect because of people variation in ear size

  • Sylus says:

    Really like to see other half of user’s (funny)face.

  • roy says:

    it,s a good design, sententious but not simple!

  • AM418 says:

    I am sure that is a great design!! But it might only on the conceptual stage.

    Found out there is a difficulity of the following points.

    1. It’s a quit unusual driver for this earphone, use armature driver or normal NdFeB Magnet type driver? Or have a new form of the driver?

    2. Even you got a driver of this earphone, pretty sure the acoustic won’t be expectable good.

    3. Will do noting about the noise cancaeling when you wear this earphone also everone can hear what you listen.

    4. From the ergonomics, I think the earphone may not set as expect as the jpg present. Becasue there is a force pulling from the cable.

    But I am appreciate the concept give us quit alot inpiration.

  • yongzhan says:

    woo,it is very nice design.

  • Yoonsang Kim says:

    I’m Yoonsang Kim

    First, i ‘m pleased whit much advice.
    This is concept design. therefore, some parts of my design are not realization at present.

    However, size is the same to regular earphone.
    I made prototype.

  • j2ulove says:

    wow!!!!! it’s nice

  • Thomas says:

    WOw this is an awsome idea, i;d buy this in a heartbeat

  • hepsi says:

    Its very very good design. I like it.
    How can i buy it, right now ? πŸ™‚

  • 1st says:

    once again, it’s an object designed by a student “designer” who never tried or even open an earphone… do you really think that the speaker (well it’s a tiny speaker wich is inside all earphones) can fit into this shape? it’s about 5 mm wide on this concept..

    the design is nice btw, but the product will be a crap… do your own conclusion

  • fang says:

    I like it.
    where can i buy?

  • stephen says:

    This design focuses on the cosmetic part but unfortunately it is poor on sound performance. With the tiny speaker and the space between it and the ear canal, you won’t feel any bass effect and also you will hardly hear it in noisy environment. I rather buy a pair of ear rings.

  • rallyst says:

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  • Hippie says:

    Send me a Pair I’ll buy them!

  • Pinhu says:

    where can i buy one *-* ?

  • kitty says:

    hell yeah i will i was actually looking to see if they were selling them ! =/ to bad is just a design

  • Max says:

    For the right price,yes i would buy them. But sadly it looks like a expensive design;P anyway they look awsome!

  • Nami says:

    I would buy these, no question.

  • Andee says:

    i would buy for me and all my family ! they are amazing

  • Andee says:

    i would buy for me and all my family ! they are amazing

  • misunderst0od says:

    Depending on the price and if it actually stays in my ear, I would so buy that. I freaking love the design.

  • misunderst0od says:

    Depending on the price and if it actually stays in my ear, I would so buy that. I freaking love the design.

  • kaj says:

    i'd buy it right now

  • kaj says:

    i'd buy it right now

  • Marc says:

    With some of the suggestions above, I would have bought several already. This needs to graduate from a concept now.

  • Marc says:

    With some of the suggestions above, I would have bought several already. This needs to graduate from a concept now.

  • Chrissynis says:

    In a heartbeat!!!

  • Chrissynis says:

    In a heartbeat!!!

  • Razeiel says:

    I would be on these in a hot minute. I take my headphones with me everywhere, even when I'm not thinking I'll need them, and clipping them to my shirt (since I'm a guy and purse would just be so unconventional… >.> ) is both uncomfortable and a little odd to others. This is a magnificent solution and elegant. It also overcomes my big problem with earbuds, I hate sealing up my ears to hear what I've got playing, it's uncomfortable and apparently not hygienic.

  • Razeiel says:

    I would be on these in a hot minute. I take my headphones with me everywhere, even when I'm not thinking I'll need them, and clipping them to my shirt (since I'm a guy and purse would just be so unconventional… >.> ) is both uncomfortable and a little odd to others. This is a magnificent solution and elegant. It also overcomes my big problem with earbuds, I hate sealing up my ears to hear what I've got playing, it's uncomfortable and apparently not hygienic.

  • snu_snu says:

    better be spring-loaded to fit any size ear.

  • snu_snu says:

    better be spring-loaded to fit any size ear.

  • kevin says:

    it's very nice… where i can buy this prouct????

  • Mui says:

    I would definitely buy this. Where can I get it?

  • Mui says:

    I would definitely buy this. Where can I get it?

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  • Sydney says:

    Awesome so want a pair
    Where do you get them ?

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