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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Tangled earphone cords? Product review and giveaway

Updated at bottom with winners

Problem
: no matter how carefully I put them away, my iPod's earphone cords get tangled while not in use. Always in a hurry during a workout, disentangling consumes precious moments when I should be sweating (out of exertion, not frustration).

Solution: I was pleased, then, to find the Earbud YoYo, an easy-to-use gizmo that keeps the cords threaded around a spool. It's about an inch square, and it comes in 8 colors and 8 patterns. I chose Leopard -- grrrrrrr.
The first day I used it at the gym, two people asked me about it.

Here's how it works:



Earbud Yo-Yo was unveiled last month at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas and was invented by idea-maven Julie Johnson Barkley.

I'm afraid I didn't pay enough attention to the product when I ordered it -- I was expecting it to have a retracting effect, where the cords would unwind easily when I use them and rewind when I'm done with them (like an old Electro.Lux vacuum). Instead, I must manually wind and unwind.

That said, I use and like my Earbud Yo-Yo, and it offers a BIG improvement over the tangle. You can get your own favorite color/design for $16 at Covington Creations. Makes a good gift for yourself or for the music-lover in your life.

============================Giveaway!

Covington Creations is offering a free Earbud Yo-Yo to THREE All Thumbs readers. Simply leave a comment for one chance. Entries received by 3 pm (MST) on March 1 will be considered. We'll use random.org to select three winners who will receive their Earbud Yo-Yos directly from Covington Creations.

Want more chances to win? Get up to four more chances. You'll get one entry each time you mention and link to AllThumbsReviews online, such as
  • in your own blog post
  • on Facebook
  • on Twitter
  • Kirtsy this post
  • etc
Just come back here to leave in a comment here the permalink of your mention. (Just email me if you need help with any of this.)

Check back here on March 2 for an announcement of the winners. (And please make sure your email is easily accessible.)

A big triple thanks to Covington Creations.

Update: random.org chose 15, 9 and 2.

Carolyn
jbondsgirl
Amie44

Trying to track down your mailing addresses -- please email them to me ASAP and Covington Creations will mail your EarBud Yo-Yos out right away.

Congratulations. And thanks to everyone for playing.

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38 chiming in:

Kristin said...

What a cool product. Love the idea!

amie444 said...

What a great way to speed up my workout. I spend at least 5 minutes gettig my earbuds ready.

Amie444 said...

Put it on my facebook. I guess I need to know...do you want to be my friend? SO you can see the link.

Thanks

Magpie said...

Ooh! I need that! Years ago, I had SONY earbuds for a walkman, that came with a gizmo like that, and it was great!

ourboysourlives said...

can I get all three...my son needs this badly...

ourboysourlives said...

I have put you on my facebook page...in a comment is that good enough...

off to do the blog...

ourboysourlives said...

OK I am covered on the blog...thanks again Lori...

beagle said...

Ooo . . . me too please! I will mention it on my FB page!

jbondsgirl said...

Nifty product! How come I never think of these things?

xo
Flicka

Cathy said...

Hey I just posted this on my blog. I wish I had thought of this. It looks too cool.

dctm said...

Great product - would love to win

dctm at bellsouth dot net

Marigold said...

What a sweet, simple solution to a really frustrating problem. I'd love to be included!

boldnessbe(at)gmail(dot)com

Ale said...

I really need one of these! My ipod doesn't get much use because it's so annoying to carry the earbuds in a tangled mess...

carolyn said...

I really could use this it would be great to win this.Hope I win.

carolyn
ccecoffey@yahoo.com

carolyn said...

I am a subscriber

carolyn said...

I am a subscriber

carolyn
ccecoffey@yahoo.com

FatalisFortuna said...

These look great, it seems like every time I set down my earbuds they get tangled!

Becky Workman said...

What a great idea! I love this! Why can't I come up with this stuff?!

kysmom02@hotmail.com

Becky Workman said...

I blogged about this product! Check it out at http://beckyworkman.blogspot.com/.

Jenna said...

What a great idea! I would love to try these. Thanks!

creativecarryout said...

Cool! My son would love this!
Michelle
http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com

Chelsey said...

What a great invention! Thanks for the giveaway. mybabyappleseed(at)yahoo(dot)ca

dani said...

super fantastic! i get mine in a tangle in my purse.

nate.dani at gmail dot com

delaney55 said...

That would be really neat to have since I always have trouble with a tangled mess.

delaney55@myway.com

Danielle said...

What a great idea. I love the Tie Dye pattern.

drellis500(at)gmail.com

noreen said...

I would think the same thing that they retract :)

donnas said...

Please enter me. They look like a great product and would love to try them out.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Anam said...

Wow, how clever of you to come up with this idea. Please enter me to win one.

Shel said...

I look like an air traffic controller with the monster headphones I have now...I'd love these instead.

shel704 at aol dot com

Shel said...

I tweeted:
http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/1250263271

shel704 at aol dot com

Melissa said...

This is such a great idea. I would love to win one!

Martha said...

That is brillant, love it!

H.S. said...

That looks fantastic! I'll like to try it..

H.S.
tan.huishan(at)gmail(dot)com

mel*~reachforthestars~* said...

WOW. I love the earbud yoyo! It'll be great for my ipod... My ipod always ends up being terribly entangled as i don't have anything to place the wires in so i pretty much just dump it into my bag.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Cheers,
Melody
mel_88_88 at hotmail dot com

Dancerinthemaking said...

Covington Creations rocks! This would be the MUST-HAVE gadget for all music lovers! Thanks Covington Creations!

dancerinthemaking AT gmail DOT com

mel*~reachforthestars~* said...

I just blogged about your blog at:
http://mel-88-88.livejournal.com/40131.html

Thanks!

Cheers,
Melody
mel_88_88 at hotmail dot com

Manhattan said...

Count me in! Lovely product that would be so useful for my sister.

Crystal(manhattandolls[at]gmail[dot]com)

Dina said...

How smart - I would love to have these.

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