You may have seen something like this floating around on Facebook recently. So what’s the deal? It’s pretty much what it looks like: these are earbuds with an extra piece that hooks around the top of your ear, making you look like a fairy or elf.
Or an orc or goblin, depending.
These new Sanko earbuds operate via a traditional headphone jack (which sadly means the newest model smartphones won’t support them), and have an attached mic on the wire. At this point in time, they appear to come in only one color.
These are potentially a great way for cosplayers to complete their look without having to fiddle with prosthetics. Plus, it makes answering the phone or keeping your tunes handy a lot easier.
The earbuds are available via Amazon.jp for 1,980 yen — though you might want to keep an eye out for them in dealers’ rooms at conventions.
Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, blogs and runs interviews for (Re)Generation Who and PotterVerse, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl’s Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.