Keeps wireless earphones in place
I was inspired by my grandfather Erling. He grew up in Norway during the 1940s when resources were scarce, so to him beatiful design was to do a lot with little. Even though times have changed, I still hold onto the same principle philosophy: designing products that are beautifully functional. I'm inspired by minimalism and essentialism. I believe that simplicity and function is beautiful as a result of reductionism, leaving only what's important to an objects purpose.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Functional Jewelry. A magnetic brooch that attracts the magnets inside AirPods keeping them in place within reach when you need to unplug.
You simply remove the AirPods from your ears and move them towards the Enn where they will stick due to magnetism. The two-part brooch does not damage precious clothing. Beautiful design is to do lot with little.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
When AirPods we’re announced, I realized that they would be easy to lose. Without the cable, the small AirPods would be easy to forget, or misplace in a handbag or pocket. You can use the AirPods case but it’s inconvenient when you need to unplug quickly. Imagine holding a coffee in one hand and the other to hold the case, what hand do you use to unplug and fit the AirPods into the case? It’s incredibly inconvenient.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Project started in Sep 2017, San Francisco
Launched on Kickstarter February 28th 2017
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Rare earth magnets.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Or silver plated
Rare earth magnets inside
Erling, Enn, Apple, AirPod, Jens
I used clay to experiment with form and scale, then learned 3d software to design, 3d printing and laser cutting to prototype (also first time). I used 3d printing to find the perfect curvature for the AirPods to dock perfectly each time. I bought all different kinds of magnets that I inserted in the printed prototype, playing around with magnet type and positioning.
Then I taught myself how to make jewelry. I used 3d wax replicas that I had cast in silver. I then filed each part to remove screws, sandpapers using grits from 320 to 1200 (rough to ultra fine). I then experimented with different polishing compounds to find what worked the best. As a beginner, it was extremely hard to get the lids to fit perfectly each time. after many failed attempts I got better.
As an advertising student, I didn't know anything about design but because I've always had an interest, I continued to push even when I felt like giving up which was almost every day during some periods. I've learned so much about design, process, prototyping, manufacturing and starting a company. I include there in the research abstract since I started from zero, my lack of knowledge forced me to research every aspect of the project.
Learning to use 3D software, 3D printing, jewelry design and smithing.
Production-process, imports and duties, law, engineering. The hardest part was everything. Nothing, not one single thing worked on the first or forth attempt. I'm also Swedish, in the U.S so I'm legally not allowed to start a company in the U.S, especially not while in school. So learning about law was quite challenging.
TEAM MEMBERS (7) :
Jens Munkeby: Founder, designer and project lead, Rasmus Nilsson: Graphic design , Changho Eric Park: Videographer, Zeynep Enderoglu: Photographer, Chris Lou: Copywriter, and