If you regularly break your headphones from cord snags or dropping your device, the new Pogo ‘breakaway cable adaptor’ could one day be the answer you have been looking for.
New York based graphic designer Jon Patterson believes that a strong concept can take any form. He focuses on developing concepts strong enough to work across-platforms. Patterson’s design work ranges from graphic design to product design.
Previously a senior designer at NOOKA, Patterson has created his concept design for the Pogo -- a breakaway plug. The Pogo is a magnetic breakaway cable adaptor that you can use on all your headphone devices. You plug the headphone jack into your pogo and insert into the device.
If the cord is pulled the Pogo will break free. Use the magnets to plug the Pogo back into your device to resume playback.
The two piece adaptor is connected with four magnetic pins which will hold the device but break upon force.
It can be used as a straight input or at a 90 degree angle which allows rotation of the cord. Have a look at the video showing how Pogo works.
It uses a neodymium magnet and 4 "pogo" pins allowing a strong connection to be made between the two pieces, passing the signal through.
The end result is a product that could be universally useful, and innovates a technology that hasn't changed much since its inception in the 1960's.
Unfortunately patent issues mean that the product is not yet available in production. It would, however be a very cool addition to your device and cable issues when -- and if -- it ever gets to market.