Part of RHA’s mission is create new technology that enhances life without taking it over. To that end, we worked to create a listening experience that is at once immersive and detailed; while retaining a connection to the world and people around you. 2020 was a challenging year; and overcoming these challenges to make the TrueControl is something we’re very proud of.
So, without further ado, let us tell you how we made them!
Part 1: Developing the Buds
The unique shape of the TrueControl buds is the result of a long research and testing process that made us rethink true wireless design. We scanned ears of all different shapes and sizes – when we overlaid all of these scans we found a shape that fit 99% of all scans. This is the shape of the TrueControl.
1. The Scan
We used a scanner and putty reliefs to scan the shape of ears of all shapes and sizes. These ones belong to David from Product Design. Thanks David!
2. Streamline and Simplify
We produced casts of these scans with clean lines and simplified curves to start understanding how a ‘universal’ shape could be found.
3. More Room for Activities
To these natural ergonomic shapes, we add material and surfaces that could house the battery and components of the earbuds.
4. For Every Ear
After compiling all the ‘inner surface geometry’ – ie the ear shapes – we started to produce an earbud design that combined all of the common shapes; built from pieces much more suited to contain components.
5. The Nozzle Debate
These pieces are from an exhaustive study to find an exact angle of the sound pipe nozzle that would sit comfortable in the ear canal (every one is different). There’s really no way to make this bit sound interesting.
6. Fine Tuning
Preparing the shape for the final build and mass production, we 3D-printed the shape and sprayed them black to find difficult surfaces.
7. The Finished Article
A TrueControl! The final stages involve perfecting the design, the materials and the finish of the earbuds.
Next week's Part 2 examines how we developed the sound – and anti-sound – of the TrueControl.