The Cardlax EarBuds Washer is a mini washer for Apple AirPods and other headphones that looks smart but also unnecessary and over-engineered.
A crowdfunding campaign has successfully raised enough money for the production of a small washing machine to Apple AirPods, AirPods Pro, and other headphones. Few people will have considered cleaning a pair of headphones demanding enough to justify such a device, but apparently others do. In fact, nearly a thousand people have pledged at the time of this writing.
The Cardlax EarBuds Washer (EBW) project launched on Kickstarter on April 6 with promises for the device starting at $ 33 each. The project had reached its target of £ 3,639 reached the next day and the total now promised is nearly £ 30,000 ($ 41,200). What’s more, there are still 56 days left until the crowdfunding campaign closes.
Cardlax EBW is intended to provide a solution for pocket dirt and ear wax that can build up on AirPods and headphones. Reminiscent of a top-loading washing machine, it has a central rotating cylindrical sponge that rolls the user’s headphones against the device’s sponge-covered internal walls. When sprayed with a little alcohol-based cleaning fluid, this process is said to make the headphones shine like new. Meanwhile, a small rotating brush can be used to remove dirt from the AirPod or gauze from the headphones.
Cleaning AirPods and headphones: is a washing machine necessary?
The Cardlax EBW is without a doubt a great little device and a very well executed concept. However, it could be argued that it should have stayed as a concept. It seems to have been drastically designed for what it does, which is part of its charm to be fair, but more importantly, one has to wonder if the EBW can clean a set of AirPods or other headphones better than someone with their own. hands.
Take the AirPods, given that they are the main devices that EBW is based on, and consider their shape. While there is little doubt that the EBW could shine them well, can you really reach the hidden corners of your AirPods neck or work hard to remove dirt more effectively than deft human fingers? And is your rotating brush more effective than someone who uses a cleaning brush and targets areas that need specific attention?
Apple says to simply wipe the AirPods or AirPods Pro with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth and wipe your gauze with a cotton swab. Sure, a resourceful person could cautiously advance another step or two if necessary, but it’s doubtful that that extends to purchasing a mini headphone washer that will be put on a shelf before being sent to the landfill.
More: Is it safe to clean an iPhone with disinfectant wipes?
Source: Cardlax / Kickstarter
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