When it comes to in-ear devices, including earphones and ear pieces, United Sciences sums it up pretty good on its website, when it comes to what they do. They say, “imaging ear cavity in real-time (is) replacing traditional silicone ear-mold impressions to create custom-fit earn-worn devices in the ear capable of providing activity tracking and biometric sensing data.” What they don’t say, is they do it at an unbelievable price point that just about everyone can afford.
“We replace the traditional way of doing things when it comes to custom products that involve a 3-D scanner and the possibilities are endless, said Andy Mathes of United Sciences at CES 2016 in Las Vegas.
Using their handheld eFit 3-D scanner, Mathes and his team were taking in-ear measurements and scans for the media at CES to show how easy and painless this process now is, compared to the past. Professional in-ear headphones are no longer for professional broadcasters and rock stars, thanks to United Sciences technologies. This is a game changing technology that will hopefully soon be coming to a retail location in your neighborhood. It’s really that simple and it was amazing lookers on at CES.
“Right now, to get a custom in-ear monitor, someone has to go to an audiologist, get a silicone impression, and ship it to the manufacturer,” states Karol Hatzilias, the company’s co-founder and chief science officer. “3D scan the silicone, print a shell, stuff the electronics, and ship it back to the customer. That whole process usually takes one to two weeks. The 3D printing step is just a small piece of what we were demonstrating.”
In reality, it only takes a few minutes to get an accurate scan of the inside of an ear. While the scanners are the technology United Sciences has created, it looks as though they will selling their earbuds via a crowdfunding campaign very soon, per their Twitter page. Custom headphones and in-ear monitors for music performance were once reserved for professionals that needed this technology or for hearing protection, but United Sciences and their technology has set out with a goal of bringing this to the masses and audiophiles. An in-ear custom device from United Sciences is set to become a new product class offering fit, comfort, attenuation and fidelity at a fair price for the average consumer. Interested parties can expect to see these scanners at retail shops and stores very soon. Similar to getting your ears pierced in a mall at a kiosk, you will be able to get your ears scanned in a non evasive manner and they choose various products that interest you based on that scan.
There is nothing that compares to custom-fit products. The comfort is unparalleled and the convenience is something most people can get used to very quickly. United Sciences is on the cusp of taking this technology to the masses and to your neighborhood. One try, or in this case, one scan and you will be hooked. Custom-fit no longer means “custom money” thanks to United Sciences. Find out more here.