According to a press release, Burton Ideas, a “specialty product development business,” is introducing the Acoustibuds, an ingenious and inexpensive product designed to enhance the performance and improve the fit of earbuds.
The release says that the Acoustibuds, a CES 2009 Innovations Design and Engineering Award honoree in the headphone category, are essentially slip-on devices that turn standard earbuds (such as those included with the iPod) into in-ear headphones. The Acoustibuds are made of silicone rubber and stretch to fit around traditional earbud housings (as can be seen in the illustration here). Their cone-like shape helps direct sound more efficiently to the eardrum and the silicone fins create a better seal in the ear canal, increasing sound isolation and extending bass response. Earbuds retrofitted with Acoustibuds are also said to provide a more secure fit, making them perfect for use when exercising or for people with active lifestyles. Acoustibuds are compatible with a number of earbud styles; for a full list, visit http://www.acoustibuds.com/compatibility.php.