Some women inspire poetry, music, the construction of temples. War, even.
I inspire the creation of … headphones.
And, not even totally me. My kid and her cabeza. I just happened to be there.
See these headphones by Griffin Technology? Well, a few weeks ago, I got a complimentary set because, well, my friend Web’s e-mail explains it:
“When we ran into each other in the Orlando airport year before last, watching you and your daughter mess with keeping adult-sized headphones on her head as she listened to an MP3 player inspired me to concept and pitch … a volume-limiting, ultra-durable set of headphones … to our Product Dev people. Two years later, we’ve finally gone live with MyPhones. As you and your bambina were a big part of the inspiration behind them, I thought you’d be tickled to see how they turned out (much different than my first bad sketch, definitely).”
How freaking cool, si? (I’d soon like next to sit beside someone who designs big, giant diamond rings, OK, Universe?)
Griffin is based here in Nashville. When I ran into Web and his family at the Orlando airport during a very, very long delay, I had not seen them in a long time, though we keep in touch via Twitter and Facebook. (Viva social media.)
So, Maria got to try out her new headphones during our Thanksgiving week flight. She loved them. I loved them. Because they limit the sound to a safe 85 decibles, I didn’t have to worry — or argue with her — about the noise level. They fit her head, unlike the cheap, adult ones we have used — the same ones Web saw — which slip off her ears and make it tough for her to wear them comfortably. She used them for the iPod and my netbook.
The carrying case includes pre-printed ear caps and some blank ones so she was able to draw on and personalize the headphones (she used two different designs, of course.) Maria also drew a field of flowers on the blank template to decorate the sturdy case. It’s one way of differentiating one kid’s headphones from another kid’s set, Web said, adding:
“We delivered lots of useful info on kids hearing safety without making the phones look dorky for kids. I think the result is pretty cool. And it all started with a full-sized pair of headphones, a kid-sized head and a three-hour delay in ORL.”
I read some reviews of the MyPhones this week. Overall, excellent. Some of the complaints were that kids would not get a good sound quality. Well, what I heard was great. (and, I’m not just saying that because I have a connection to them, and no, they did not pay me for this review.) The MyPhones fit her head, they were comfortable, and she could hear well. And, most of all, she was entertained. So, for us, they’re awesome. Cost: $39.99 or $26.09 via Amazon. Also available at your local neighborhood Target and Apple store.
And there you go…
The lesson for you – if you’re not buying these for your nene this year — is careful whom you sit next to at the airport.