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Headphones of the future won’t care if you mix up left and right

The story about these headphones reminds me a lot of the urban legend about the space pen, but you know how you sometimes put the “L” bud in your right ear and the “R” in your left? Researchers at the Igarashi Design Interfaces Project in Tokyo, Japan have solved that.

Instead of getting some headphones with distinct ear buds, spending a few seconds identifying which bud goes where, or you know, just not caring about the stereo mix — blasphemous I know, sorry audiophiles –, a pair of “Universal Earphones” that automatically switch audio channels when placed in the wrong ear could be coming soon.

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