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Uncard is a simple solution to the infamous earphone pocket tangle. Before attempting to make an uncard, however, there are two things you should know. One, it's ridiculously easy to make and to use....and two, it will probably make you smile.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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You will need:

1 old or unused plastic card (gift card, rewards card, i.d., etc.)
1 rubber band (preferably thick and slightly smaller than your plastic card)
1 pair of earphones

Step 2: Band it

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Take your rubber band and stretch it around the card longways, positioning it so that it runs directly across the center of the card.

Step 3: Wrap & Card

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A) create a spooled form by wrapping your earphones around your fingers
B) remove the spooled earphones and slide them under the rubberband, squeezing the plastic card simultaneously to create a pocket
C) once you feel like the headphones are in a good spot, stop squeezing the card (the rubber band will now hold them in place)

Step 4: Put it in your pocket

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Pretty straight forward here. Insert your uncard into your pocket until you decide to use your earphones.

Step 5: Uncard

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A) Remove your uncard from your pocket and get ready
B) In one hand squeeze on the outside of your uncard while holding out your other hand in preparation for the catch
C) Watch in enjoyment as your perfectly wrapped earphones fall into your open hand below

Enjoy!
wazzup1053 years ago
Hardest part will be getting a rubber band that's just the right size... BUT, you could use a regular thin rubber band doubled up to make this work.
timwikander (author)  wazzup1053 years ago
Doubling up on a regular rubber band isn't a bad idea. The advantage to the thick band though, is that it lays flat and you don't have to worry about it rolling back on the card when you have it in your pocket. If you don't have one lying around however, the kind that super markets put on fresh broccoli (and sometimes celery) should do the trick. A healthy meal and good music! :)
Slices from bike inner tubes work too.
I would be concerned about a thin rubber band putting too much tension on the headphones. They're really fragile from my experience... I've had to buy about 6 pair in the 4 years that I've owned an iPod.

The weak part is the connection between the cord and the headphone plug so as long as it wasn't putting too much tension on that part, it wouldn't matter. If the band kept them exactly the way they were on the picture, it would put tension on the plug, but I don't know, I'd be scared that they would slip or something lol
Ase0esA3 years ago
you've got my vote!
black hole3 years ago
I just voted for you. This is a good idea, very well documented, nice clear pictures. Good luck!
timwikander (author)  black hole3 years ago
:) thanks!
Elegantly simple. Nicely done!