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Earmade: the little Qld idea on world stage

IT'S doesn't matter how good earbuds are, if they don't fit properly you could be losing out big time in the sound - and sanity department.

While many earbuds come with multiple attachments for different sizes, Queensland firm Dog and Bone, has unveiled "first of its kind, custom fit, patent-pending Bluetooth earbuds" that are moulded into the exact shape of your ear.

The firm unveiled Earmade at CES 2017 in Las Vegas - and judging by the line-up of potential buyers and distributors of the technology, they are on a winner.

A set of the much anticipated Earmade buds
A set of the much anticipated Earmade buds

As an Australian media contingent was waiting to speak with Dog and Bone, they were being asked about distribution opportunities in South America by a man from Puerto Rico.

Maria Ranchod, co-founder, Dog & Bone, said the earbuds were customised through a dock which heats them for about two minutes before they are inserted into the ear to permanently be customised to your ear shape.

Dog and Bone says the beauty of the devices, which will go on sale for $US159 later this year, is the premium sound isolation achieved, resulting in a full spectrum of sound with 'deep lows and crisp highs'.

Maria Ranchod, of Dog and Bone, models Earmade at CES 2017 in Las Vegas plus insert of product.
Maria Ranchod, of Dog and Bone, models Earmade at CES 2017 in Las Vegas plus insert of product.

Earmade is water and sweat resistant, X5 rated and features a control compatible with both iOS and Android devices to play, pause or answer a call.

The earbuds contain an 80mAh battery that boasts up to 6 hours of playback time. Users can charge their earbuds with the USB cable.

The earbuds will be available in black, orange and white with the option to purchase extra mouldable inserts.

The box set includes the earbuds with remote, two sets of inserts and a micro USB for USB ports, a heating dock and a soft carrying case.

Maria says the inserts are 'luke warm' when a green light on the dock shows they are ready to be moulded.

After pushing it into your ear to the shape you want, you leave it a few minutes until the material hardens.

"Once it is set it is set.''

The dock could be used again, however, for another family member.

Maria says the process is so simple her eight-year-old daughter could create earbuds on her own.

The company has also unveiled a new Bluetooth enable smart lock for travellers which allows you to use your phone to lock and unlock it.

You can even share the access with a trusted friend or family member.

It sells for $US69.95 while a larger version sells for $89.95.

Entrepreneur Lee Ranchod founded Dog & Bone to provide consumers with smart phone cases which combine protection with smart technology.

Its latest one features a waterproof case for an iPhone.

Topics:  ces 2017 editors picks vegas


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