Survey anyone who uses earphones and you’re guaranteed to find that at least half of that group has had to replace them more than once. They get lost, damaged, stolen, or die on their own, no matter how much we spend on them.
And as you know, some brands cost waaaay more than others. An example? AirPods. The wireless earbuds come in a portable carrying case that can be stowed in your pocket for $159. That is a useful feature because they are easy to lose. Tired of losing hers, AirPod user Gabrielle Reilly came up with a cool idea.
The 22-year-old creative genius turned her earbuds into earrings – which she is calling Airings – to keep tabs on her goods. More than a cute accessory, the functional pieces serve several purposes: loss prevention, wearable storage, and flip-ready headphones.
Within hours of posting her invention on Twitter, social media caught wind of it and it turned into a story. Mind you, this happened about two days ago, and the video has over 3 million views. Reilly did an interview with Buzzfeed where she talked about the inspiration behind the creation:
“I absolutely refuse to lose them. My cat ate through two pairs of Beats Bluetooth earphones, and all my other earphones. So I got the AirPods because there was no wire for her to chew but I still needed something to connect them.”
Reilly needed some way to keep the buds close, so she tapped into some jewelry-making skills to make things happen:
“So I made earrings. I also have a chain necklace that I used to connect them. It took me maybe around an hour to make the earrings because I had to custom-make the piece that connects the AirPods to the earrings.”
Naturally, people find this to be a clever idea and also want a pair, so she put up a website where you can order your own set of Airings. If you know you need these in your life, click here to check things out or place an order.
It is no secret that if you own AirPods, then the possibility of losing them is not that remote. Apple knows this, which is why there are instructions on their site for what to do in the even that one – or both – are misplaced. That is their way of helping you avoid paying $69 for a replacement.
There also exists a device that keeps these special earphones magnetically attached together via a cord, but you will have to scan Amazon for that one. If you are digging Reilly’s stylish yet functional solution and also find that your cat poses a threat to any and all earbuds, go for her earrings!
Since we know you want to see what all the fuss is about, you can check out the Airings in the tweet below. Fortunately, you can still store them in the charging case they come with when not in use.
I made airpod earrings lmaoooo i didnt want to post this till i had better pics but whatever here it is pic.twitter.com/4pHnc8wvfv
— pop (@bloodorgy) January 26, 2019
Do you want to buy some of these for yourself or someone you know? Are you an AirPods user that worries about losing them?