You know those dangling strings around the neck of your hoodies? Yes, those strings you never actually use to tighten the hood's fit. Well, someone found an actual use for it with the HoodieBuddie, which replaces the strings with a pair of earbuds for your tangle-free, on-the-go entertainment.
Created by Jerry Leigh Apparel, the buds are integrated directly on the shirt. The 3.5mm jack is available from the pocket with all the wires tucked securely within the seams of the clothing. Just pop your iPod into the front right pocket, pull up the buds to your ear and enjoy your music without having to bring an extra set of cabled earphones along.
The HoodieBuddie will be available in various colors and designs, all of them fitted with earbuds from HB3 Technology. If you're not familiar with the company, they specialize in outfitting garments with audio and communication tech. In this case, they took care of integrating the earphones into the hoodies as seamlessly as possible.
Sure, you can probably DIY the same thing into your old hoodies. Do note that HoodieBuddie's earbuds are completely waterproof, allowing the shirts to be machine-washable without having to take any component off. Hopefully, the wires are pretty rugged too, because all that tumbling couldn't be good for the cables' longevity.
According to the website, the HoodieBuddie hits retail stores beginning July 1st. Price is $44, which is a bit steep for the convenience of not having to fiddle with tangled wires, so we're hoping they'll have some nice designs to choose from.