When your earbuds stop working, whether it be lack of sound coming from one earbud or audio crackling due to a kinked cord, there’s not much you can do besides toss them away. A 17-year-old junior at Wayzata High School in Wayzata MN was tired of throwing away earbuds after going through three pairs in 6 months, and came up with the idea of a modular earbud design in which one could replace the broken component instead of having to replace the entire pair.
Bharat Pulgam calls his startup mXers Audio, and not only won the most innovative award last April in a program for up and coming high school entrepreneurs, but Pulgam also received marketing and business tips from a youth startup program, and raised $5,000 last September in a GoFundMe campaign. With a current team of 12 high school and college students, mXers Audio is hoping to raise $25,000 through Kickstarter in order to continue development of the mXers modular earbuds which he hopes to have available to the public in August.
A full set of mXers contains four easy-to-connect pieces that snap and twist together to create your personalized audio experience. The three wires connect to the splitter with the use of micro-coax ports. Micro-coax ports are similar to common audio jacks but, are much smaller to eliminate the bulk of the product at the splitter. The different male and female ends of the micro-coax ports connect seamlessly and then twist to lock together to provide sturdiness and dependability.
As the mXers Kickstarter says, “Snap. Twist. Bam.”
What do you think about the idea of modular earbuds in which you can not only replace a faulty component, but mix and match to create your own personalized look? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook, and head over to the Kickstarter to find out more.