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Children’s headphones, developing version 3.0 Clevy Hearsafe

In our point of view it is important that a child can safely listen to anything with headphones, for education or at home. We think it is important that the technology can be trusted and that the products are safe, because children are still developing, and we do not want harm to be done at a young age.

How it started

For a year or two before we brought the first Clevy Headphone to market in 2010, the concept of a sturdy and volume safe headphone for children was something we had been pondering over in various ways. We still come across the very first working sample we made back then at times, when looking through the archives in an attempt to clean up those old-but-cool nooks and crannies of our warehouse. With just that one unit made, that one single piece may altogether well be the most expensive children’s headphones ever produced, making it kind of our own version of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. 

Clevy Hearsafe

Fast forward to 2020; After processing all the feedback we received from our trusty customer base on the previous headphone models over the years (while obviously keeping all the good stuff), the Clevy Headphone 3.0 came to see the light of day. Or, as we call it: Clevy Hearsafe. However, not without some serious hurdles to take during the development process.

Clevy Hearsafe, child safe headphones

Hygienic and customizable headphones

For instance, the initial idea was to make a waterproof case to accompany our new Clevy Hearsafe. As a lot of the Clevy headphones are sold to schools, we thought it would be a good feature to add a case with name ID stickers for both the headphone and the case. In this way, our Hearsafe won’t go from head-to-head so it would be a solution for this major hygiene problem at schools. This customizable case being waterproof is a necessity here though. Why? Headlice can be a major pest at primary schools, and a waterproof zipper would make the case impenetrable for these critters. At first it looked like this was doable but when we received the sample, the waterproof zipper turned out to be not very child friendly. In fact, it was so hard to open, it wouldn’t be suitable for kids at all. There was no solution for this so unfortunately, we had to skip the waterproof idea. In the end we still have the case with the ID-stickers, which is still a big pro for our Hearsafe headphones.

Clevy Hearsafe with casing

Easy to clean headphones

Another idea was to try rubber coating for the Hearsafe. Rubber coating looks comfortable and after research, we found both children and parents indeed liked the look and feel of it as we did. After stress-testing and worst-case scenarios we decided to skip rubber coating though. Why? Rubber isn’t easy cleanable. Rubber isn’t scratch proof. When there are scratches in the rubber coating, it’s even less hygienic. That’s why we decided to go for UV-coating of the headphone parts. It’s easily cleanable, scratch proof and at the end we think it actually looks classier.

Then along came COVID, putting a spoke between the wheels in several respects. While the virus closed down complete factories and Donald Trump was fighting out a trade war with China, factories making earpiece padding for headsets were working overtime to fulfil the needs of the global work-from-home economy. We figured that whole situation provided an improvement opportunity as well though and kept finetuning further, until we arguably left you with the best pair of children’s headphones ever created. The Clevy Hearsafe. The first new Clevy headphones are expected to ship out by early April and stay tuned, as we’ll share more info once available!

Update

The Clevy Hearsafe Headphones is available. Take a look at Alt products new headphones for kids and read more about it. 

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