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An idea is born: Californian triathlete Ron Johnson grew up running in the sun and sand. But while he always loved listening to music during his workouts, he hated dealing with slippery earbuds, tangled wires, and equipment malfunctions. Frustrated, he invented AudioNoggin, a small device that securely clips to a cap, positioning an ultra-thin high-fidelity speaker over each ear.
Why it’s great: Because AudioNoggin sits above your ear and not inside it, you never have to worry about it falling out, tangling, or hurting your ears. The Bluetooth-enabled device syncs with your phone and has a microphone so you can answer calls. Plus, as many outdoor runners know, it's safer to run if you can hear your environment. AudioNoggin allows you to listen to your favorite music or podcasts without losing the ability to detect a car coming up behind you or the crunching of leaves under your feet.
What’s next: AudioNoggin is still in Kickstarter fundraising mode before it becomes a reality. In the meantime, designers are working to make it adaptable for other sport helmets like those used in biking, skiing, and snowboarding.
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