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08/20/2013

Hamilton, Ont. company creates gadget to keep Apple earbuds in your ear

Sprngclip800While Apple’s standard earpod headphones that come with its new iPhones and iPods blend with the design of other Apple devices, they’re not exactly the most functional.

When I go for a run with them, they slip out after the first 20 metres. So I stopped using them, as have many others with the same problem.

An invention from a Hamilton, Ont. based company seems to have found a solution, however.

OHM design has come up with the Sprngclip, a little attachment you slip on to your Apple earbuds to keep them in place.

The plastic “spring” that protrudes off the ends helps keep them secured in the ear. All you have to do is slip them over the earbud – and then it’s music in your ears.

The inspiration for the project came from an intern that the industrial design company had last summer, the Hamilton Spectator reports. The firm’s partners initially gave Dave Mackie a “make-work” project, and then they all came up with the idea.

At first, OHM had trouble getting a fulfillment house on board to help produce the gadget. Now, OHM’s employees are reportedly staying up late packaging up Springclips because demand has been so strong.

The Sprngclips cost $10 and ship for free in Canada and the United States.

What kind of headphones do you use?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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