If only these were cordless...

Good morning everyone,

It's raining outside right now and it looks like we can expect rain for most of the day. And for most of the weekend too, actually. When will we the sun again? Maybe never...ha ha! Ok...not never, but it's going to be about another week or so before we do, according to the forecast.

Japan’s Thanko is a company that defies easy introduction, but perhaps the most succinct description is that it’s a novelty technology company, specializing in gadgets that fall somewhere between crazy enough to work and just crazy. Many of its products, like the fully head-covering electric-powered pollen-blocking mask, Zero-Gravity Armchair, and bug-catching vacuum gun seem sound like something out of a science fiction story, but now Thanko is drawing on fantasy for the inspiration for its latest offering.

The straightforwardly named Elf Earphones are deceptively clever in design. Made of flesh-colored materials, the cords run through clips shaped like the pointed ears of the fair folk of the forest.

Once you attach the clips, the earphones are positioned so that they curl around from the top, and if you’ve got long enough hair to hide the cord, the visual effect can be remarkably convincing.

And to help you feel like you’re in command of mystical magic powers, attached to the cord are control buttons to skip tracks and pause playback, as well as a microphone.

As cool as the Elf Earphones may look, some of you are no doubt already bracing yourself for the shock of how much they cost. After all, niche marketing in Japan generally means finding a group of people that are willing to dig deep into their own pockets. So how much will a pair of Elf Earphones set you back?

A mere 1,980 yen, as per their price on Thanko’s online store . While that makes the Elf Earphones pricier than a cheap set from the 100 yen store, they’re still much less expensive than several varieties for sale at electronics shops, and an affordable enough luxury that you won’t have to skip lunch for a week in order to pay for them.

What do you think? Would they suit you? I'd need them to come with a wig I think...ha ha!

Have a great day!

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