Until iPods start shipping with wireless headsets, you have to deal with the usual tangle of headphones when you pull them out of your pocket, your purse, your gym bag, your laptop bag, and even from laying innocently on your desk. No more with the $9 Earbud Jack. Earbud Jack is a neat little plastic guy who stands in the right stance location and has the right-sized arms and hands for your iPod headphone cable, earbuds and jack. Get the name now?!
While it may take you just a tad bit longer to wrap up your headphones around Jack, consider this: you won't have a tangle to deal with the next time you want to use them, you'll prolong the life of your headset because you won't be breaking the copper wires inside by tangling or folding too tightly, and you'll also be indirectly donating to 2 charities currently – the American Hearing Research Foundation and the Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California.
The most important thing about Earbud Jack is learning to use him – all of about 2 minutes. My only gripe with Jack is that he's mainly designed for iPod headphones and other similar earbud-type headsets. A pair of my weird over-the-ear Sony headphones didn't quite go as well, but I found a way after some tinkering to get them onto Jack.
All in all, a neat little gadget. What If Widgets is the San Francisco-based company that promises to turn out more clever, practical products like Earbud Jack.