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EARPIECE

EARPIECE is a custom headphone accessory developed in concert with Eko DUO.

My goal was to elevate the traditional stethoscope while maintaining its familiar form. Replacing bent metal rods with custom-fabricated CNC metal gives EARPIECE a seamless design which is stronger, lighter, and easier to clean, and a patented audio assembly at the base delivers extraordinary low-frequency acoustics.

ID and Mechanical Engineering: Philip Goolkasian

Acoustic Engineering: Dan Wiggins

Manufacturing: Philip Goolkasian and Brian Clark

Status: FDA cleared and in production (2018)

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Earbud shape and CMF explorations, 2016-2018

 
 

Optimal sound quality

After many failed attempts placing the audio drivers just outside the ears, great sound was achieved with a single-driver sound chamber at the base. Through multiple iterations and prototypes, I arrived at a design that matched the outer diameter of the tubing without compromising acoustic quality, CMF, and manufacturing tolerances.

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Built better

Physicians working 36 hour shifts need equipment built to keep up. EARPIECE’s design uses CNC machined metals and custom adhesives engineered to meet the demands of a challenging medical environment.

A specially-designed ergonomic spring and soft-seal silicone ear tips were specified to ensure comfort for all-day listening.

 
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Packaged to protect

EARPIECE’s packaging mirrors the design for DUO. This enabled Eko to ship EARPIECE and DUO as a set or as individual products. The white rigid box and black vacuum formed tray presents EARPIECE, and a lower foam tray holds additional ear tips to support a variety of ear sizes and shapes.

 
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