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Magzet Kickstarter wants to save your device from demise
A new Kickstarter project by creators Jon Hallsten and Jeff Russell hopes to save your device from smashing against the ground with a magnetic headphone jack adapter. It’s called the Magzet Series 1 and works similarly to the power adapters found in recent MacBooks. The Magzet is split into two separate pieces and held together by tiny built-in magnets. This way if you’re wearing headphones and happen to pull away from your device too quickly the two magnets detach without pulling your device along with it.
One of the two pieces that make up the full adapter is called the MagJack. This half plugs into the 3.5mm input of almost all devices and is meant to be left there. The MagJack is designed so that the source device won’t redirect audio from the speakers through the headphone jack unless the second piece, called the MagKap, is attached. Only then will audio be switched from the external speakers of the device through the headphone jack. The idea is to have multiple MagJacks in all of your devices, all of the time. At the same time one MagKap at the end of your headphones is all that is needed so you can switch between devices seamlessly without worrying about dragging them along with you every time you move.
Before this product can reach the masses the inventors still have a bit of work to do, hence the campaign. They plan on using the funds raised in order to get the unique tools necessary to build it, make the device smaller, buy components in bulk in order to lower retail cost, and to manufacture the final product. The final Series 1 adapter will work with any device that has a 3.5mm input. If the headphones you use have in-line mic and playback controls, you won’t have to worry about the Magzet interfering as it is compatible with both Android and iOS devices.
As of the time of this post they have raised more than $45,000 but still have a ways to go until they reach their goal of $294,000. The campaign still has 36 days left so if this is something you need make sure to back the campaign. Though the $20 pledge option is sold out, all of the other pledge options are still currently available and can get you multiple Magzet adapters while saving you some money in the end.
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