Researchers at the Igarashi Design Interface Project recently developed a set of "universal headphones" that are so smart that they can do the following:
- Sense when you've placed an earbud or headphone on the wrong ear, then change the channels to accomodate.
- Sense when two people are sharing earbuds and change the channels so each earbud contains both the left and right channels (and even allow each listener to hear different tracks at the same time).
- Automatically pause and resume play depending if the phones are on or off your ears.
It's so cool when old technology like speakers, mics and headphones get a new technological twist. Although these updates aren't available in a commercial product yet, expect to see them soon.
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