Normal: a photo app for ordering $199 customizable earbuds


By Phi Tran Comment

normalMost earphones are uncomfortable because they’re not 3D printed custom earbuds. That’s right, these earbuds are 3D printed for your special ear hole. All you have to do is snap a photo of your ear and fork over $199. You also get a laser etched carrying case. This is Normal’s promotional video. Be warned, there’s a wet willie in there.

The app is a photo guide. It helps you to take the perfect ear photo to order the perfect-fit earbuds. If comfort is a major consideration, then $199 on some headphones might not be such a big setback, but it’s not the only option. Normal is just the first product to utilize 3D printing with smartphone apps. It’s not normal at all. On the other hand, it’s still a bit beyond most wallets. You are paying for gold-plated jacks. Normal claims they are the best sound conductor around.