Yes, they may seem like normal ear muffs. But these muffs are actually music-making ear socks of awesomeness.
I love my ear muffs (180s's). For some weird reason, I hate having my ears exposed to the air (specifically cold air) and I tend to wear my ear muffs pretty much all the time (minus summer).
I like listening to music wherever I go, but I've always had trouble managing wired headphones - they always get scrambled up in my pockets. I bought some bluetooth headphones (motorola s9) on ebay a while ago, and they've served me well for many years. However, I've always had a problem managing headphones with ear muffs at the same time.
So I had a spark of innovation and decided to merge them together. Behold, wireless bluetooth headphone ear muffs.
Super easy to do, took a couple of hours.
Step 1: Annihilating the Headset
So about 4 years ago I bought a motorola S9 wireless bluetooth headset from Ebay (about 15 bucks). I picked these specifically because I was a palm user at the time and these were some of the only wireless sets that were compatible with my phone/palm.
Battery life was ok for me, no problems with connecting - they were perfect.
And then I wrecked it apart.
I unscrewed the base open to detach the ear "arms" and used a dremel (small rotary saw) to slice them off. I decided later to keep the base intact because it protected the circuit nicely and the on/off button and usb charging locations were convenient.
Step 2: Amping Up the Speakers
One of the problems with the S9's were the speakers. They were a little too low even with max volume and I figured if I was going to stick them in muffs I needed bigger decibels.
No science necessary. I looked through my drawers and found the pair of headphones that gave me the best and loudest sound out of the many I've collected over the years (store-bought/phone sets/airplanes/etc).
Popped out the speakers and re-soldered them in exchange of the headset's. Cut some covers from another pair, and black taped it all together.
Step 3: Using Protection
I knew inside the ear muffs the wires might get irritated by the extend-able plastic pieces inside. So I took a sock and built custom sleeved for it.
This step is optional - I just wanted to be extra secure. It seemed like the smart thing to do.
Step 4: The Surgery
I took a pocket knife and cut the back of muffs along the seams. I also had to cut the back fabric of the muff in half since I was going to hide the entire base. You can see the plastic spine exposed...
I then stuffed the phones in to the ear pockets, and lined up the set base against the back. I took another piece of sock to wrap around the base.
THEN IT WAS TIME TO GET MY SEW ON...
Step 5: The Finish
I am a guy. Hence I was born with a genetic disadvantage for sewing.
But I am also awesome. Hence my sewing was awesomely okay.
I exposed the light of the headset on the inner lining so I could see it turned on (blue, then green flashes), bluetooth search mode (flashing blue), low battery (orange, then red).
I also made a small hole for the usb port to charge it.
Now I could bask in the glory of my magical musical ear covers. They look and sound awesome - the sound from the speakers travel all around the inner lining and it sounds like the bass is cranked up - Which is the way I like it.
They are very comfortable, you pretty much don't realize there are speakers in there.
I can of course talk on the phone with them as well. More awkward for passersby? "That guy's talking to his ear muffs."
I just need to remember to take them off whenever I go through airport security.