DRAPER Utah (ABC 4 News) – It is a tiny device whose creator says can save lives.
That device is called an "AIRbudz" and is meant to replace your old ear-bud headphones.
Its creator says AIRbudz is a perfect fit for those on the run.
"The concept everyone's had is to keep the noise out,” says Tammy Erdel, a single parent who created the AIRbudz. "There's got to be a way to let sound in."
And that’s how Erdel’s creation started.
She is an avid jogger and became concerned about her headphones that piped in music but it kept her from hearing anything else.
“I couldn’t hear cars or sirens,” she says.
And another concern that bothered her was the idea of strangers approaching her from behind.
She knew her idea was unique; develop an ear bud that allows some noise inside the headphones.
“It took me a long time to have the courage to call up a patent attorney to say ‘I've got this idea, it's great but I'm not sure what to do with it,’" she says.
The patent attorney referred her to a Park City designer, Snow Lizard Products.
“What you want is when you're out in the environment running or jogging you want something that you can hear of your surroundings,” says Andy Haase of Snow Lizard. “(You want to) hear the dangers around you."
And that’s when Snow Lizard’s small studio came up with a prototype of the “AIRbudz.”
“It’s one thing to design it but then to make it work there was an “a-ha” moment and that was great,” says Haase.
Erdel also posted her product on this Youtube link in hopes of stirring up interest.
But she is working on a deadline. She has until June 9 to raise money to get the product made. She has a listing on the website Kickstarter.
To find out more, go to: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1415303287/airbudz