You’re on your way to work, at the gym working out, or walking around the block to get some coffee. You’re listening to an album you just downloaded, streaming a new Spotify playlist, or tuning into your favorite podcast, and then it happens. Your headphones are ripped from your ear-holes, and your listening bliss comes to a complete halt. Equally frustrating was the 10 minutes you spent trying to untangle the cord-ball that your headphones managed to get into after taking a ride in your back pocket or work bag.
If you know this scenario far too well, you might want to take a look at PUGZ, a Kickstarter project that originally set out to raise $50,000, and now has 7,643 backers commiting a total amount of $1,042,405. Their elevator pitch is the “world’s smallest, wireless earbuds charged through your phone.”
PUGZ claims they have solved three major challenges facing the current market of wireless earbud or headphone products. These are size, battery life, and functionality while charging. PUGZ charge fully in just 40 minutes, and you can listen to music for four and a half hours after that.
They also have 10 hours of standby by time. The amazing part of all this is the fact that PUGZ earbuds charge through your smartphone, and better yet, it only requires 3% of your battery for that 40 minute full-charge.
Along with smartphone charging, PUGZ also features a patented self guiding magnetic connector. The magic behind this is the “Squircle” (a hybrid square-circle connector) that enables you to listen and charge at the same time, something PUGZ says the industry forgot in all other wireless earbud products.
Backers are claiming their PUGZ for around $119 to $149, and depending on your earbud needs, it might be a bargain. There are no wires attached when listening to music, podcasts, or taking calls from your phone. And you can control several commands directly on the PUGS earbuds, such as adjusting the volume, playing and pausing (and skipping) tracks, starting and ending calls, and even activating Siri or Google voice.
You can learn more about PUGZ with the project’s wacky teaser video featuring, well, you probably guessed it, some pugs, or at least something like the pugs you know.