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These magnetic headphone jacks by New York designer Jon Patterson break away when tugged to prevent damaging devices when wires get snagged.
Jon Patterson came up with the idea for the Pogo connector as a simple solution to headphones or devices breaking because the cord was caught. Two coloured parts attach together with magnets and a standard headphone jack plugs into the connector, which is then plugged into the device.
Music is transferred between the two parts via four "pogo" pins, but once the cord is yanked away the music stops until the sections are reconnected. "The magnet is strong enough to hold the device but will break upon force," says Patterson in the video demonstration.
Pogo can be use as a straight connection or at a ninety-degree angle, where it can fully rotate. Jack sections can be left in devices and a receiver piece can be kept on the headphones, so swapping between different equipment is simple.
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