Achieve Peace of Mind With Some Digital Earplugs Beth Snyder February 18, 2014 Tell me if this scenario is at all familiar: You’re sitting somewhere, concentrating on something. All around you are people talking, TVs running, music playing, children screeching, phones ringing, dogs barking…basically, you can’t string two thoughts together to save your life. Sometimes what you’re doing can be put off until a quieter time, more often it cannot. Many of us plug in to tune out, choosing to blast music of our own choosing into our ears in an effort to drown out the world around us, but sometimes that’s not any better. Some of us choose to use ear plugs, but then that blocks out all sound, even the ones that might be important, so it’s not really ideal, either. Enter Digital Earplugs. Kin Jim has recently unveiled these, and I really kind of like them. You’re familiar with noise-cancelling headphones, right? Same basic idea, except they don’t play music. These earplugs cancel out ambient noise, making sure that too-loud TV no longer bothers you. Even better, they can distinguish between someone just randomly talking and someone calling your name, or your phone ringing, so you don’t miss out on something important. They just block out unwanted noise, without resorting to playing something to cover it up. My birthday is coming up, and I’m pretty sure these are what I want to buy with the money my dad always sends me (assuming they’re available outside of Japan). They run on a single AAA battery (not included), which is supposed to last for 60-100 hours. The earplugs are said to block 90% of background noise, which means your brain can concentrate on what it needs to. They’re being released in March at a price of 5,229 yen ($51.00 US) per pair. During the course of writing this I have been distracted no less than three times by the TV or someone talking for no reason. I may not care if they’re only available in Japan; I’ve got to know someone who could get some and send them to me. Source: Damn Geeky Share This With The World!