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Brief Published: 2 Jun 2014

MarBlue’s Foam Headphones For Children

Headfoams by MarBlue

Designed for children as young as three, HeadFoams, from US tech accessories company MarBlue, are the first headphones to be created with an all-foam mono-body design. The unusual material means the headphones are bendable and almost indestructible.

The body is made from a single piece of non-toxic EVA foam and negates the need for moving parts and complex mechanisms that could trap small fingers. The soft, child-friendly material – the same used in synthetic wine corks – allows them to be twisted and bent without breaking.

Available in bold tones of purple, orange and blue, the flexible headphones can stretch to fit most children as they grow; clip-on extension cushions are available for younger wearers. To allay parents' concerns, the headphones feature an output limiter, so sound cannot exceed 85 decibels.

As children become more tech-savvy, consumer electronics designed specifically for their needs will be a growing market for innovation – see The Business of Parenting and Gen Z: Tech Titans for more on this emerging potential.

For similar experimental approaches to vivid colour and unconventional materials, see Curious Tactility and the A/W 15-16 Design Direction Intervene.