The Fairphone Fairbuds XL is a modular Bluetooth headphone with noise-cancellation, designed to last a lifetime and ethically produced. Every component is user-replaceable, from the headband to the audio modules.
Designing a repairable headphone aligned with Fairphones aim to lead by example in a polluting and ever-expanding audio technology sector.
Making design choices that were not only innovative but also practical for users. We had to strike a balance between giving the product a unique identity while ensuring its appeal to a broad audience and that nothing was sacrificed in production. And most importantly, we set out to redefine modularity in headphones, a challenge that allowed us to explore new systems and ultimately led to nine easily replaceable user components.
When we embarked on the journey to create the Fairphone Fairbuds XL, we faced a monumental challenge: redefining the concept of modularity in Bluetooth headphones. There were scant references on how a modular Bluetooth headphone should look and function. This presented us with a unique opportunity for exploration and innovation. Ultimately, our design journey led us to the creation of nine distinct components that can be effortlessly replaced by users.
Our goal was to make these headphones repairable for absolutely everyone. To achieve this, we integrated ingenious systems into the design. We examined the parts that were going to be replaced most frequently and designed them to be most easily accessible. For instance, the speaker units are connected using a standard USB-C cable, ensuring ease of replacement. The battery is readily accessible without the need for a screwdriver, and a simple twist allows users to replace the ear cushions. These seemingly simple features represent the complexity of thoughtful design, making the Fairbuds XL user-friendly without compromising on innovation.
At Studio Dott, we understand that durability equates to sustainability. A product that is well-crafted lasts longer, reducing its environmental impact. By combining sustainable material choices with a focus on durability in the design, we've ensured that the Fairbuds XL are built to last a lifetime. In a world where disposable electronics are the norm, we've created a headphone that defies convention, prioritizing repairability, sustainability, and innovation. We are happy to have helped Fairphone on their mission and are still helping them today designing products for the future.
“In a world where disposable electronics are the norm, we've created a headphone that defies convention, prioritizing repairability, sustainability, and innovation. We’re looking forward to continue the journey of Fairphone."
- Pieter Lesage