Earbud headphones are great to take everywhere you go, but getting them untangled for use tends to be a frustrating experience. Digital Innovations has a product for $10 that aims to solve that problem: It’s called the Nest and it looks both simple and effective.


Surely I’m not the only one that has to untangle headphone cords on a regular basis. Or maybe I’m the last person on the planet making the full-time move to wireless Bluetooth earbuds? Regardless, this $10 solution called the Nest Earbud Protector that I found when reading Gear Diary ought to have a large potential audience.

The concept is simple: Place your ‘buds in the flexible silicone product and then wrap up the cords. Since the low-cost solution is easy to bend, it folds in on itself to protect your headphones and the cord. And when you need you ‘buds, you just pull them out and the cords follow with nary a tangle.

I’ve seen a number of similar solutions before, but few actually protect the headphones; most just manage the cords, so I’ll likely invest the ten-spot.

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  1. Reblogged this on mustaphabarki.

  2. MichaelBrianBentley Saturday, September 8, 2012

    It is round, but it doesn’t look like a fancy thermostat.

  3. A waste of $10. Don’t people know how to take care of their cords?

  4. The problem is the cord, not the case.

    Anti-tangle cords have been around for ages, it’s just that the cheap headphone manufacturers tend not to use them.

    Look at the flat headphone cords on Beats Audio, or the anti-tangle cords on the Ultimate Ears In-Ear-Monitors.

    They’re effective at stopping this problem, but those headphones cost far more than $10.

  5. The challenge is the benefit + the convenience. I can’t imagine winding up my cord like this each time I put the cord away – inconvenient. Getting close though!

  6. There’s a sailor’s knot called coil and crown that will solve this problem for zero dollars. It’s the same technique that sailors use to stow lines and ropes on boats without tangling and ready for use at a moment’s notice, Here’s one example – http://notableknotindex.webs.com/gasketcoil.html

  7. Morgan Skilling Monday, September 10, 2012

    I do try and wind my own earbud cord after the gym, but I’m not perfect with it. So many mornings I have blearily unwind and untangle my headphone cord for my pre-dawn trip to the gym. I like this idea and will probably make it a stocking stuffer.

  8. Does it double as a contraceptive device?

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