Skunk Juice Earbuds Have Magnetic, Breakaway Cabling

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The question just has to be asked: "Why didn't I think of that?!" Magnetic connectors have been around for years. They solve a common problem, in that they'll break apart if too much tension is applied. Apple has a patented version on their notebooks, a technology dubbed MagSafe, that is easily our favorite AC adapter technologies amongst all notebooks today. So what if a similar technology were applied to earbuds and headphones?


That's what you get with Skunk Juice. These are a very oddly named line of earbuds, catering mostly to teenagers, that will go on sale for the first time later this month. Basically, these earbuds are designed to pass music along through magnetic connectors, so if you yank your head one way or another, the cable simply breaks loose instead of having your 3.5mm adapter head damaged.


Also, this allows easier sharing of music; just find a friend with these same kind of earbuds, and you guys can snap your 'buds together for sharing listening. If you use them with a notebook, and you get up hastily to walk away, the magnet will break loose and save your notebook from a damaging spill to the floor. It's easy to understand why this technology sounds interesting, and we're eager to see if it's brought over to any other brands in the future.

Humble Fish, the creating company, has yet to announce pricing details, but hopefully that will be revealed soon during CES.

Humble Fish Inc. Launches ‘Skunk Juice’ Brand Earbuds, Utilizing ZZYZX SnapJack Magnetic Connection Technology
Launching at Las Vegas CES Show in January 2011, Innovative, Patented Earbuds are First to Utilize Magnetic Connection Technology

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 21, 2010

The ZZYZX SnapJack team has done it, again: In January 2011, at the International CES® (http://www.cesweb.org) tradeshow in Las Vegas, newly-formed Humble Fish Inc. will launch yet another innovative and first-to-the-marketplace product, Skunk Juice brand earbuds (http://www.skunkjuiceearbuds.com). The patented technology utilized in Skunk Juice earbuds, which carries specific current and signal through a magnetic connection, is derived from the award-winning concept created for, and used in, ZZYZX SnapJack (http://www.zzyzxsnapjack.com) instrument cables.

Humble Fish’s Skunk Juice earbuds’ patented magnetic connection technology incorporates magnetic attachments in the earbud cabling. With the introduction of the Skunk Juice product, Humble Fish offers a new way to listen to – and share – music or other digital files, and also eliminates damage to the actual earbuds and listening device, be it a laptop, PC, iPod, or other device. Although the product is heavily catered to the world-wide teenage demographic, specifically ages 9-19, the product will also appeal to musicians and artists in the studio, studio engineers, as well as other consumers of listening devices and wireless phone brands.

The Skunk Juice product’s cables utilize a two-part jack design; each half has a magnet that corresponds to the other piece. When a Skunk Juice user wants to plug into – or un-plug from – their music source, the magnets just snap together without that annoying pop.

“The growth of the iPhone and iPod, and the increase in the desire for individuality among teens, has caused enormous demand for quality after-market earbuds. We’ve collaborated with professional artists, major manufacturers of earbuds and headsets, major sport organizations and government entities, to create a product that is customizable and suitable for teens and other consumer entities, alike,” says Humble Fish Chief Operating Officer (COO), Simon Yi.

Humble Fish will launch the initial Skunk Juice earbud line in January 2011, with other product lines to follow, shortly thereafter. The product lines will be broken down into four categories, based on their uses: Teen, Professional, Government, Sports and General Public.

Yi continues, “Teenagers are the driving force of trends and are a window into the future of consumption. The majority of all U.S. teenagers own some form of listening device, and teens are the most significant spenders and influencers when it comes to consumer products.”

Skunk Juice also aims to capitalize on another teen-driven phenomenon, which is anything “social”. Humble Fish has designed the Skunk Juice products with the social aspect of their use in mind; the earbud products allow users to easily connect with other users’ and their earbuds in a mere instant, for sharing of files without having to swap earbuds. The magnetic connections in the Skunk Juice cables ensure a strong hold while still maintaining potent audio quality from earbuds to earbuds.
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OSunday replied on Sun, Jan 2 2011 7:55 PM

This is pretty neat, except that I think its gonna result in a loss of sound quality in general and if the magnets are lined up just properly, or if theres other magnets in the area that will interfere with the connection, or peoply seeing you have those magnetically detachable earphones and "accidentally breaking" the connection for fun,

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LMFAO!!!!!! Nice AD...

Interesting idea, But are the sound quality any good?

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rapid1 replied on Sun, Jan 2 2011 9:41 PM

I would imagine they have a magnetic outer circle, and the inner circle is a separate interface held together by the outer magnetic rings force. So it is just a contact connection held together by magnetic pull. As far as I have ever seen magnets generally line up perfectly in line unless they are opposing. So lining them up would be an inert function automatically. Of course I do not have a pair so I also do not know exactly that is just how I assume they function.

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Jan 2 2011 10:30 PM

Why magnets? You can have a male connector with a female connector on the backside that does the same thing. The only difference is that it will stay connected better than magnets, and never misalign.

Now, that's not to say this is a bad idea.. I just don't think it will provide as solid a connection. I'm willing to admit I'm wrong if this does actually perform well.

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CHarvey replied on Tue, Jan 4 2011 4:05 AM

You're missing the point, 3vi1. The primary function isn't attaching more than one set of earbuds to an mp3 player, it's having similar functionality to apple power bricks - if you drop the mp3 player or get caught on something it just separates instead of damaging your plug or hurting your ears. The additional listeners is a happy extra.

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3vi1 replied on Tue, Jan 4 2011 7:39 AM

CHarvey:

You're missing the point, 3vi1. The primary function isn't attaching more than one set of earbuds to an mp3 player, it's having similar functionality to apple power bricks - if you drop the mp3 player or get caught on something it just separates instead of damaging your plug or hurting your ears. The additional listeners is a happy extra.

I guess I did, but there's a reason:   My earbuds/headphones all have a little clip that you can attach to your clothing.  If I drop my player, it'll never hit the ground that way... which I prefer to the alternative.

As for getting it caught on something... I've just never had that happen.  I suppose it's possible though... if I were a rebellious teen running through the mill of a town where dancing was illegal.  It just never happens when I'm working at my desk.

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^Agreed.  I think the fact that my headphones don't quick disconnect from my mp3 has saved my mp3 player twice.  I still am not sold on the placement of the quick disconnects though.

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I'm much more interested in the multi-connection feature of this than the break-away aspect.

As others have said, my iPod has been saved from a concrete-induced demise many times by NOT having break-away headphones and my ears usually heal within about 5 seconds.

However, having the ability to attach an extra set of buds will prove awesome when travelling with a friend and such.

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my question is how hard to you have your earbuds in for the magnet to disconnect before the earbuds fall out? 

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