The Sennheiser Ambeo Immersive Audio division behind the awesome Sennheiser Ambeo soundbar has teamed up with 3D-printing company Formlabs to develop moulded, custom-fit earbuds that allow owners to “affordably and easily customize their earphones to fit their unique ears”.
There are already plenty of companies out there offering custom-fit earbuds, but the process typically involves a visit to an audiologist, who takes a plasticine cast of your ears. Formlabs plans to achieve this ear-scanning process simply with a smartphone app.
The scan takes about 60 seconds and can be done at home. The data is sent to a 3D printer, which then creates a pair of 3D-printed ear tips to match the contours of your ears. You can even have your initials printed on the buds, lest someone mistake them for ordinary, off-the-shelf tips – heaven forbid.
So far, there's no word on when the product might be available, but Formlabs already offers a similar service through a hearing aid firm. According to Formlabs and Sennheiser's statement, the working prototypes are able to "refine an immersive sound experience”.
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